ST. PAUL, Minn. – Spring truck weight restrictions on state highways will end Thursday, May 7, for Minnesota's Central frost zone, and on Friday, May 8, for the North-Central and North frost zones, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Spring load restrictions ended April 22 in the South, Southeast and Metro frost zones.
Ending dates for spring load restrictions vary and are established by monitoring roadway strength as weather conditions change.
· The Central frost zone extends south from the southern limit of the North-Central Zone (US 10 – Highway 210 – Highway 18 – Interstate 35 – Highway 48 – Wisconsin state line) to a line following and including US 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 US 2, US 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.
· The North-Central frost zone extends south from the southern limit of the North Zone (Highway 1 – Highway 89 – US 2 – Highway 33 – I-35 – Carlton/St. Louis county line – Wisconsin state line) to a line following and including US 10 from the North Dakota state line east to Motley, Highway 210 east to Brainerd, Highway 18 east to I-35, I-35 south to Highway 48, and then Highway 48 east to the Wisconsin state line.
Road restriction maps showing the locations of weight-restricted routes and state highways open to maximum 10-ton axle weights are listed at www.dot.state.mn.us/materials. Click on "Seasonal Load Limits," and then "Spring Load Restrictions" for the most up-to-date information.
The information is also available by calling MnDOT’s 24-hour automated message center at 1-800-723-6543 in the United States and Canada or by calling 651-366-5400.
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.Travelers in Minnesota can get up-to-date information on road conditions, construction and weather reports by dialing 511 or visiting www.511mn.org.