Spring Road Restrictions Starting Friday, March 6, 2020 at 12:01 AM

Document Date: 
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Office of Materials & Road Research

1400 Gervais Avenue                                                                                                                                         Office phone:  651-366-5592

Maplewood, MN 55109-2044                                                                                                                                            Fax:  651-366-5461


Date:                     March 2, 2020

Subject:               Winter load increases end and spring load restrictions (SLR) start for south, southeast, metro frost zones

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will end winter load increases and start spring load restrictions (SLR) in the SOUTH, SOUTHEAST and METRO frost zones Friday, March 6, 2020 at 12:01 AM.

Road restriction maps showing locations of weight-restricted routes are listed at mndot.gov/loadlimits.

Overweight permits for more than 80,000 pound gross vehicle weight will continue and new permits will be issued if all axle and group weights are legal (axle weight limits).

Full-summer overweight permits can be issued, during the spring load restriction period, for travel on the interstate system only.

Middle-range overweight permits become available within each frost zone when spring load restrictions are lifted. Full-summer overweight permits become available two to three weeks after spring load restrictions are lifted. 

Ending dates for spring load restrictions are variable and based on how weather is affecting roadway strength. 

MnDOT will report start and end dates on its 24-hour automated message center at 1-800-723-6543 for the U.S. and Canada, and locally at 651-366-5400 for the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

For questions about legal axle weight during SLR; Gross Vehicle Weight Schedule, call:
Minnesota Department of Public Safety
State Patrol – Commercial Vehicle Enforcement

For questions about oversize/overweight loads/permitting call:
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations – Oversize/Overweight Permits
Or email:  ofcvopermits.dot@state.mn.us

All changes are made with a minimum three calendar-day notice.

For the most current information, go to MnDOT’s automated 24-hour message center at 800-723-6543 for the U.S. and Canada, or 651-366-5400 for the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. This information is also published on the MnDOT seasonal load limits website at mndot.gov/loadlimits.

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.