Mild weather is prompting Nova Scotia’s Department of Transportation and Public Works to consider weight restrictions to protect provincial roads. “The unusually warm and wet weather has made for easier travelling, but it has left our roads susceptible to damage from heavy vehicles,” Transportation and Public Works Minister Ron Russell said today, Jan. 17. “The department is monitoring the roads daily to determine if and when weight restrictions are needed.” The department has already issued weight restrictions on some roads, and Mr. Russell said if the current trend of mild weather continues, spring weight restrictions could take effect within a week. Spring weight restrictions may be imposed at any time, and the trucking industry will be given as much advance notice as possible. The restrictions can be removed if road and weather conditions permit. Each year, the Department of Transportation and Public Works places restrictions on heavy trucks during spring thaw to help protect roads that are weakened by mild and wet weather. The exact date for spring weight restrictions depends on weather conditions. Should weight restrictions be imposed, a complete list of roads that are exempt will be published in major newspapers across the province.