Spring road restrictions
The following road restrictions in the following areas:
City of Willmar
Spring road restrictions take effect Friday in the city of Willmar.
The city Public Works Department said in a news release that they will likely remain in effect until early May.
Further information or a map showing the axle load restrictions may be obtained by calling the city engineer’s office at 320-235-4202 or find information on the city’s website at www.willmarmn.gov by searching “road restrictions.”
Kandiyohi County seasonal load restrictions begin Friday, the county Public Works Department announced Tuesday.
The restrictions will be effective countywide. Seasonal road restrictions protect roads during the spring thaw, when road strength is at its lowest point of the year, the department said in a news release.
By state law, all non-posted county paved roads are open to normal, 10-ton-per-axle loads. Also by state law, all non-posted township roads and county gravel roads are restricted to a 5-ton-per-axle load limitation. However, most county gravel roads are posted to a higher, 7-ton-per-axle load limit.
Weight limits may change during the thaw period depending on the condition of a roadway. If they do, postings will be changed and the new posted weight will govern the legal weight on the roadway. Always check for a posted limit.
For further information, including a map showing the axle load restrictions on county roads, go to the Kandiyohi County Web Site: www.co.kandiyohi.mn.us, click on Public Works; then Spring Axle Load Limits; and then Info or Map. For questions on county road restrictions, call the Public Works Department at 320-235-3266, Ext. 4103.
South, southeast, metro
Spring truck weight restrictions on state highways will begin Friday for Minnesota’s south, southeast and Twin Cities Metro area frost zones, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced Tuesday.
Winter load increases and overweight permits remain in place for the state’s central, north-central and north frost zones.
MnDOT limits truck weights to prevent damage to roads weakened during the spring thaw.
Spring load restriction dates and the six frost zones in Minnesota are listed at www.mrr.dot.state.mn.us. Click on “Seasonal Load Limits,” then click on “Spring Load Restrictions” for the most up-to-date information.
The information also is available toll-free by calling 1-800-723-6543 in the United States and Canada or by calling 651-366-5400 in the Twin Cities Metro area.
MnDOT said in a news release that ending dates for spring load restrictions are decided by monitoring road strength as weather conditions change. All changes are made with a minimum three-day notice.
Travelers in Minnesota can get up-to-date information on road conditions, construction and weather reports from MnDOT’s 511 traveler information service at www.511mn.org.