Nova Scotia forestry contractors looking to move wood, equipment over short distances on provincial roads can apply for special move permits prior to spring weight restrictions; short-term measure is intended to help keep people in forestry sector working

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HALIFAX, Nova Scotia , February 16, 2022 (press release) –

Forestry contractors looking to move wood or equipment over short distances on provincial roads can apply for special move permits prior to spring weight restrictions taking effect. This is a short-term measure to help keep people in the forestry sector working.

The Department of Public Works will allow some use of provincial roads on a case-by-case basis, based on road and weather conditions. Persisting cold weather overnight may support safe transport.

Applications are being accepted early to ensure that special move permit applications can be assessed prior to spring weight restrictions taking effect on February 27. Contractors are encouraged to complete these applications as soon as possible.

The Department will continue to monitor road and weather conditions to determine how long it can offer special move permits to the forestry sector.

For inquiries on the permitting process, contact the operations contact centre at 1-844-696-7737.

Quick Facts:
decisions will be made based on local road and weather conditions
weight restrictions on heavy vehicles are necessary during the spring thaw to protect roads that are weakened by mild and wet weather
some roads, including 100-series highways, are exempt from the restrictions
this is the third year the Department has accepted applications from the forestry sector, a measure endorsed by the Forestry Transition Team |
Additional Resources:
The Special Move Permit application form is available at:

A complete list of restricted and exempt roads is available at:

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