Monday, February 13, 2017

Spring Load Restrictions

The ending date for Winter Load Increases and  the starting date for Spring Load Restrictions in the South, Southeast and Metro frost zones will be Friday, February 17, 2017 at 12:01 AM.
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 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 for over 80,000 lb Gross Vehicle Weight will continue and new permits will be issued if all axle and group weights are legal. 
Up to full-summer overweight permits can be issued during the Spring Load Restriction period only on interstate through movements.
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. 
For questions about enforcement call:
Minnesota Department of Public Safety
State Patrol - Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
651-405-6196 (select Option 3, Option 3).
For questions about over legal weight/size "heavy haul" trucking call:
Minnesota Department of Transportation, Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations - Oversize/Weight Permits 651-296-6000 or email:
The ending dates for Spring Load Restrictions are based on how weather is affecting roadway strength.  These dates are established by monitoring roadway strength as weather conditions change.  Therefore, the ending dates for Spring Load Restrictions are variable.
As soon as a date is set, MnDOT will report this date on its 24-hour automated message center at 1‑800‑723‑6543 for the USA and Canada, and locally at 651‑366‑5400 for the Minneapolis/St Paul area. This information is also published on the MnDOT Seasonal Load Limits website:

Environmental Assessment released for the Baudette/Rainy River International Bridge replacement project

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation invites the public to attend an open house and public hearing on Tuesday, February 21 regarding the proposed replacement of the Baudette/Rainy River International Bridge.

The open house and public hearing will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the City of Baudette Council Chambers 106 Main Street West in Baudette. The event will provide an opportunity for citizens to review the proposed project and potential environmental impacts, make comments, and ask questions. MnDOT officials will be available to answer questions.

The Environmental Assessment/Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EA/EAW) document states the purpose and need of the project along with the anticipated social, economic, and environmental impacts.  The document is available on the project website at

Copies of the EA/EAW are available upon request in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities. The documents are also available for public viewing during business hours at the following locations:

·         Baudette Public Library, 110 First Ave SW, Baudette, MN 56623
·         MnDOT District 2 Office, 3920 Highway 2 West, Bemidji, MN 56601
·         MnDOT Library, 395 John Ireland Boulevard, St. Paul, MN  55155
·         Environmental Conservation Library, Hennepin County Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN  54401

Written comments will be accepted at the public hearing or via mail, prior to the close of the 45-day public comment period on March 23, 2017, to Joseph McKinnon, Project Manager, 3920 Highway 2 West, Bemidji, MN 56601.

The project to replace the bridge is a joint effort between the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. It will provide a more structurally sound crossing, which will improve mobility between the two cities.

To view project materials and designs, or stay connected with the project:

Check the website at  
Sign up for project email updates
Join the interactive discussion

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, call 651-366-4720.  To request other reasonable accommodations, call 651-366-4718 or email

Open house for Kennedy Bridge reconstruction set for March 1

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Area residents, business owners and others are invited to attend an open house on Wednesday, March 1 to learn more about the reconstruction of the Highway 2 Kennedy Bridge between East Grand Forks and Grand Forks.

Community members are welcome to drop by anytime between 4:00 and 6:00 pm at the East Grand Forks City Hall training room, 600 Demers Avenue. Information on the project timeline, lane closures, short-term detours and anticipated traffic impacts will be available. There will not be a formal presentation, but representatives from MnDOT and the project contractor will be on hand to answer questions.

Construction is expected to begin in March and the bridge will remain open throughout most of the two year project. Along with preserving the historic nature of the bridge, the project will improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

The final design features a complete deck replacement, pier replacement, structural repairs and new lighting. The new layout will maintain four lanes of traffic and also adds an additional protected walkway that will connect the Greenway Trail on each side of the river.

For more details, including tentative project schedule, closures and project FAQ, visit the project website:

The $15.66 million project is a joint design of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, North Dakota Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.

The Kennedy Bridge was built in 1963 and currently serves 23,000 vehicles per day. Two other bridges span the Red River in East Grand Forks, including the Sorlie Bridge which underwent a $4.2 million restoration last year.

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, call 651-366-4720.  To request other reasonable accommodations, call 651-366-4718 or email