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Spring load restrictions announced

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Spring load restrictions are being placed for the two frost zones that cover Beltrami County.

The NORTH-CENTRAL Frost Zone and the NORTH FROST ZONE will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, March 29, 2013.

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All gravel surfaced roads will be restricted to 5 tons per axle.  All bituminous surfaced roads will be posted to 5, 7, 9 or 10 tons per axle.  A map of the roads within the two zones and a schedule of road postings are available on the County Website, www.co.beltrami.mn.us

During the spring season the structure of the roadway is weakened and more vulnerable to damage.  Restrictions limit the legal gross axle weights of vehicles and reduce the amount of damage they do to the roadways.  No permits for overweight axle loads will be issued during this time. 

Your cooperation is expected and appreciated.  Anyone wishing to report suspected overweight vehicles please call the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office at 333-9111 or the Beltrami County Highway Department at 333-8173.

 FROM MNDOT SEASONAL LOAD LIMIT NOTIFICATION

Date:               March 25, 2013

Subject:           ENDING DATE for Winter Load Increases and STARTING DATE for Spring Load Restrictions in the CENTRAL, NORTH-CENTRAL and NORTH FROST ZONES. 

POSTING UPDATE                                                                      

The ENDING DATE for Winter Load Increases and STARTING DATE for Spring Load Restrictions in the CENTRAL, NORTH-CENTRAL and NORTH FROST ZONES will be Friday, March 29, 2013 at 12:01 AM.

Spring Load Restrictions are already in effect in the SOUTH, SOUTHEAST and METRO 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 (SLR).” Also available is a text list of the restricted segments along with exceptions to the map.

OVERWEIGHT PERMITS

Permits for over 80,000 GVW will continue and new permits will be issued if all axle and group weights are legal.  Existing middle-range and full-summer overweight permits end when Winter Load Increases are removed.  No middle-range or full-summer overweight permits are issued during the Spring Load Restriction period.  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. 

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