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Winter Roads Update – Fort Chipewyan, La Loche and Lac La Biche

(Fort McMurray, AB – February 13, 2017) – Daytime load limit restrictions are being put into effect for the Fort Chipewyan Winter Road, and La Loche and Lac La Biche Winter Trails.

Effective today from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., the load limit on the La Loche and Lac La Biche Winter Trails has been reduced to 5,000 kg until further notice. In the evening, the load limits will return to posted levels of 10,000 kg.

Effective tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., the load limit on the Fort Chipewyan Winter Road will be reduced to 5,000 kg until further notice. In the evening, the weight limit will return to the posted levels of 45,000 kg.

The load limits have been reduced due to the recent higher temperatures and the expected warm weather over the coming days. This safety precaution has been taken to maintain the integrity of the roads. Motorists are advised to take caution as icy conditions are anticipated.

Load limits will be monitored over the coming days and updates will be provided as available based on weather conditions.

Motorists are reminded of maintenance along the Fort Chipewyan Winter Road. Repairs will be underway at four sites on the road with partial lane closures during selected times to accommodate the work. Traffic flow will not be interrupted.

Please obey all posted signage and use caution when passing graders and water trucks on the road – maximum 30 km/h is advised. Motorists are also encouraged to test their brakes after travelling through freshly flooded crossings.

High clearance 4x4 vehicles are recommended. The delta area has rough sections so reduce speed and drive to conditions.

There are no regular services like road patrol, gas stations or cell phone coverage, so always be prepared for emergencies.

Updates will be provided regularly as required. Check the following sources for the latest information:

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