Truckers and farmers in the Roblin and Russell area will be able to take their loads down a secondary highway, as the province continues to struggle with a wrecked section of Highway 83.
Effective immediately, trucks with heavy loads will be allowed to detour around the closed section road using Highway 5 and Provincial Road 482, which has been upgraded to the maximum legal truck weight.
Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation says that the detour is currently able to handle Road and Transportation Association of Canada (RTAC) loads and that work will begin in September to ensure it can continue to handle the loads through fall and winter, despite the increased traffic.
The province notes that all bridges and structures on the new portion of the detour route can also handle RTAC legal truck weights.
However, the speed limit along portions of the route will be reduced and weight restrictions are expected to protect the road during the spring melt.
A portion of Highway 83 north of Russell was closed due to a landslide in July.
Motorists are reminded to slow down and use caution when approaching any construction zone for their own safety and the safety of workers.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 10, 2012