The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced the beginning of spring load restrictions in the South, Southeast, and Metro frost zones as Thursday, March 4 and 12:01 a.m.
Spring load restrictions for the Central frost zone begin Friday, March 5 at 12:01 a.m.
Load restrictions for other frost zones have not yet been announced.
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.
Nicholas Erickson, director of research and regulatory affairs, serves as Housing First Minnesota's point of contact for the housing industry's regulatory agencies and local government entities. He also leads the Housing Affordability Institute's research programs. Follow Nicholas on Twitter: @nserickson