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In order to protect the municipal infrastructure, there are often road bans in effect throughout Parkland County during the spring thaw. During dry seasons, be prepared for dusty conditions; during wet seasons, be prepared for muddy conditions. Always be conscious of commercial vehicles.
Road Bans in Parkland County are usually placed on the roadways anytime after mid March and stay in effect until the end of May. Road bans are strictly dependent on weather therefore the time period mentioned can fluctuate. Most oil surfaced and asphalt base course roads are banned at 75%, but there are some roads that are banned at 50%. The potential for damage and the current condition of the road dictates the percentage of ban. Gravel roads are not generally banned but can and will be if conditions warrant.
For the latest and most up-to-date information on Road Bans, call 780-968-8454.
A map of the 2013 Road Ban is provided for general information but confirmation can be obtained by phoning the Parkland County Public Works Department at 780-968-8448.
Note the exemptions from Road Bans as per Section 12, subsections 5 and 6 of the Commercial Vehicle Dimension and Weight Regulation, Traffic Safety Act.
The following vehicles are exempt from a road ban:
- a vehicle in respect of which the combined gross weight of all the axles of the vehicle does not exceed 5000 kilograms.
- a school bus as defined in use of Highway and Rules of Road Regulation.
- a rubber tired farm tractor if it is not pulling a trailer.
- a vehicle crossing a highway.
- a vehicle operated by or on behalf of the Government for the purpose of testing pavement strength.
- a vehicle transporting fresh milk and cream, or either of them, from the place where the milk or cream is produced.
- a vehicle transporting pregnant mare urine from the place where the urine is produced.
If a road ban is in effect the following public vehicles may carry on the axles on that highway up to 90% of the maximum allowable weight permitted for that single axle or axle group:
a. a vehicle transporting
- mail as defined in the Canada Post Corporation Act (Canada)
- heating fuel,
- or fertilizer;
b. a bus, other than a school bus, carrying passengers.
c. domestic drinking water is limited to 80% of the maximum allowable weight.