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Seasonal Road Restrictions

Seasonal Load Restrictions

Load restrictions are put into effect on our roads each year. In the spring, roads are weakened by excess water in the road base and can be damaged by heavy vehicles. Once the road is determined to be structurally sound, load restrictions may be lifted.

Annual Load Restrictions

Effective March 1st, select roadways will be under a reduced load (5 tonnes per axle) period within the City of Owen Sound.

Load restriction periods are weather-dependent. Restrictions are in place from March 1st to April 15th, but can be extended as late as May 31st due to the weather. 

The City will issue updates to define restriction periods based on seasonal weather conditions.

Seasonal Load Restrictions


You can apply for an exemption to the load restrictions. Please make your request in writing to:

Jeff Follis, Public Works Superintendent
808 2nd Ave E.
Owen Sound, ON N4K 2H4

The request must include:

  • The proposed date(s)
  •  Type of materials being hauled
  •  Haul route
  •  Load weights
  •  Number of loads to be transported

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