Friday, March 23, 2012

Minnesota Seasonal load limits


SEASONAL LOAD LIMIT NOTIFICATION

Date: March 23, 2012

Subject: ENDING DATE for Spring Load Restrictions in the SOUTHEAST and METRO FROST ZONES

POSTING UPDATE

The ENDING DATE for Spring Load Restrictions in the SOUTHEAST and METRO FROST ZONES will be Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 12:01 AM.

Spring Load Restrictions are still in effect in the SOUTH, CENTRAL, NORTH-CENTRAL and NORTH FROST ZONES.

Road Restriction maps indicating the locations of weight restricted routes and those state highways open to maximum ten-ton axle weights are listed on the MnDOT Seasonal Load Limits website at www.dot.state.mn.us/materials. Click on "Seasonal Load Limits," then click on "Spring Load Restrictions." Also available is a text list of the restricted segments along with exceptions to the map.

OVERWEIGHT PERMITS

Middle-range overweight permits become available within each frost zone when Spring Load Restrictions are lifted. Full-summer overweight permits become available within each frost zone starting two to three weeks after Spring Load Restrictions are lifted.

For questions about enforcement call: Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Patrol - Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (651) 405-6196

For questions about over legal weight/size "heavy haul" trucking call: Minnesota Department of Transportation Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations - Oversize/Weight Permits (651) 296-6000

The ending dates for Spring Load Restrictions are based on how weather is affecting roadway strength. These dates are established by monitoring roadway strength as weather conditions change. Therefore, the ending dates for Spring Load Restrictions are variable.

As soon as a date is set, MnDOT will report this date on its 24-hour automated message center at 1-800-723-6543 for the USA and Canada, and locally at 651-366-5400 for the Minneapolis/St Paul area. This information is also published on the MnDOT Seasonal Load Limits website: www.dot.state.mn.us/materials.

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