Public Works, Infrastructure & Engineering Services officials have announced details about the reduced load limit period for 2019.

“Pursuant to Section 122(7) of the Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.H.8, reduced loads on municipal roadways within Chatham-Kent shall commence at 12:01 a.m. on March 1, 2019 and remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2019 weather pending,” Municipal officials stated in a media release.

“On an annual basis, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent implements a period when vehicles are restricted to a maximum of five tonnes per axle on a majority of the road system during the spring thaw. This is done in order to protect the road base from damage caused by wheel loads of heavy vehicles, and to increase the life-cycle of municipal roadways.”

Municipal officials say roads that are subject to seasonal weight restrictions are identified with a sign, and reduced load limits will be enforced.

For more information on half load season, visit the Ministry of Transportation website at, or contact the Municipality of Chatham-Kent by phone at 519-360-1998 or email at

The care and patience of residents and business owners is appreciated.