Winter load limits begin Friday in three zones of Minn.
ST. PAUL — The winter load increases will begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday for unrestricted highways in the metro, south and southeast frost zones in Minnesota.
According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the winter load increases are already in effect for the north, north-central and central frost zones. The start and end dates for the load increases is based on how weather is affecting roadway strength.
The line between the central and the south zones is U.S. Highway 12 from the South Dakota state line to the western Hennepin County line.
According to a news release from MnDOT, vehicles will be allowed to operate up to 10 percent over the standard legal maximum loads on unrestricted highways during the winter load increase period. However, trucks must comply with current registration weight laws and not exceed registered gross weight tolerances.
Please check with local agencies (cities, counties and townships) prior to increasing any weights on routes. The sign erected on the roadway governs the load limit in effect.
A permit is required to take advantage of the 10 percent weight increase on interstate highways only; a permit is not required for state trunk highways.
For questions about legal weight/size trucking, call the Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Enforcement at (651) 405-6171 (select Option 3, Option 3).
For questions about over legal weight/size “heavy haul” trucking, call MnDOT Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations - Oversize/Weight Permits at (651) 296-6000.