The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced the beginning of spring load restrictions.
In the South, Southeast zones, restrictions started on Monday, March 14 at 12:01 a.m.
Spring load restrictions for the Metro frost zone begin Wednesday, March 16 at 12:01 a.m.
The Central frost zone’s Spring load restrictions begin Friday, March 18, 2022, at 12:01 a.m.
Spring load restrictions for the North-Central and North frost zones begin on March 21, 2022, at 12:01 a.m.
Overweight permits for more than 80,000-pound gross vehicle weight continue during spring load restrictions 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 the weather is affecting roadway strength. All changes are made with a minimum of three calendar days’ notice.