Road bans are weight restrictions that reduce the maximum weight allowed on any carrying axle of a truck or trailer by a specified percentage.
Road bans reduce damage to County roads during spring break-up when moisture-filled pavement and soils could be damaged by heavy vehicles. Road bans minimize the amount of repair and repaving needed to maintain quality roads. The bans apply to heavy traffic, not regular passenger vehicles.
Unless otherwise posted, 100 percent axle weight loading is allowed on all gravel roads 24 hours-a-day. During road ban season, however, this may be reduced to 75 or 50 percent, depending on conditions.
Because road bans depend on weather conditions, they can vary from year-to-year. Road bans are announced through County social media channels, local radio, and on the this page.
For updated road ban information, call 780-523-5955 or sign up for our Road Ban Notification email list below:
Big Lakes County may need to close roadways or bridges in the event of maintenance or construction. Find information on current road closures or bridge closures and detours due to roadwork, construction or special events below: