Thaw period – Official dates

​​​​​​​​​​The Ministère reminds users of heavy vehicles and shippers that the authorized load limits are reduced during the thaw period on all public roads. This is done every year to account for the road network’s lower bearing capacity during this period.

For the thaw period of 2022, the official dates of the load restriction period for each of the thaw zones are indicated below.

Official dates for 2022

Zone 1

  • From Monday, March 21st​ (00:01) to Friday, May 6th (23:59)

Zone 2​​

  • From Monday, March 28th (00:01) to Friday, May 20th (23:59)

Zone 3​

  • From Monday, March 28th​ (00:01) to Friday, May 20​th (23:59)

Depending on changes in weather conditions, the start and end of the load restriction period can be moved ahead or postponed.