Transportation

Load Allowances

Updated on Wednesday August 29 2016 at 10:20 AM.

The Department of Transportation has UPDATED the seasonal load allowances on selected highway sections commencing on Monday August 29, 201at 00:00 hours.  The Department of Transportation will enforce these load allowances in order to best protect and preserve the NWT Highway System, see detailed listings below. 

NOTE: Highways 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 8 will operate under normal conditions. Special Advisory for Highway 5 noted below.


General Notice of 100% Legal Axle Weight:

These highway sections are set at 100% of the legal axle weight and until further notice:

 100% of the legal axle weight

Hwy 7   Km 0 – Km 254  

All Community Access Roads – 100% legal axle weight

Special Advisory Notice for 75% Legal Axle Weight:

These highway sections are set at 75% of the legal axle weight until further notice:

75% of the legal axle weight
Hwy 4 - Km 0 – Km 69  

Special Advisory Notice for Hwy 5 Km 55.7 - Buffalo River Bridge                 

Phase 1 of the Buffalo River Bridge Rehabilitation is taking place until October 31, 2016. The bridge has been reduced to a single lane for 3.1 meters maximum width and no overweight loads allowed. Please observe the reduced speed limits within the construction zone.

There will be intermittent road closures with durations of approximately 30 minutes each between September 1st and October 21st to facilitate the rehabilitation. Please observe the reduced speed limits within the construction zone.

Additional Information: 

  • Please verify that your vehicle configuration conforms with the loading allowed under the registration documents and to the Large Vehicle Control Regulations
  • For a permit for an oversized load, call 1-877-737-7786 any time, day or night. For more information about permit costs and scale locations, click here.
  • Load allowances are also available on our road information line: 1-800-661-0750.