Half Loads and how they could affect your spring building project


During the spring thaw, (usually anywhere from early March to the second or third week of May) the melting frost makes pavement less able to support the weight of heavy vehicles. In order to protect roads from unnecessary damage the City of Ottawa, all the surrounding townships and The Province (in consultation with Environment Canada) will impose load restriction on most truck routes. During the restriction period “Commercial vehicles or trailers with a gross vehicle weight in excess of 5 tonnes or 11,000 lbs per axle are prohibited on roads where restrictions signage is posted and on all roads identified as restricted on the truck route maps.” http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/transportation-and-parking/road-and-sidewalk-maintenance/seasonal-load-restrictions
Any vehicle found to be in contravention of the above is subject to fines.
Practically this means that vehicles carrying materials such as: excavation fill, concrete, lumber etc. to or from your site can transport less material per load. This means more trips, more vehicle hours, more driver hours, more fuel and higher costs.
At Manotick Concrete we incorporate the extra costs associated with half loads into the 9% winter handling charge that is added to all invoices for work completed between November 1st and April 15th.
Different trades and companies will have different policies with regards to how they deal with and invoice during half load season. It is therefore worth taking half loads into account if you are planning a building project that will span March to May and clarifying with all your trades what their policies are.
For more information about half load restrictions as well as maps of affected routes please visit the City of Ottawa website (above) or the MTO website http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/trucks/load-restrictions.shtml