Spring load restrictions in North Central, north frost zones
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Spring truck weight restrictions on state highways begin April 4 for Minnesota's north-central and north frost zones, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Spring load restrictions are already in place for the state's south, southeast, metro and central frost zones.
The north-central zone extends south from the southern limit of the north zone at Highways 10, 210, 18, Interstate 35 and Highway 48 to the Wisconsin state line) to a line following and including Highway 12 from the South Dakota state line to the Hennepin County line.
The north frost zone extends south from the Canadian border to a line following and including Highway 1 at the North Dakota state line east to Highway 89, Highway 89 south to Highway 2, Highway 2 east to Highway 33, Highway 33 south through Cloquet to I-35, I-35 north to the Carlton/St. Louis County line, and then south on that line to the Wisconsin state line.
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.mndot.gov/materials. Click on "Seasonal Load Limits," then click on "Spring Load Restrictions" for the most up-to-date information.
Information is also 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.
Ending dates for spring load restrictions are based on how weather is affecting roadway strength. These dates are variable because they are established by monitoring roadway strength as weather conditions change.
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.