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March 14, 2022

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Spring load restrictions start March 18 in central seasonal load limit zone; winter load increases end March 19 in north-central, north zones.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – MnDOT will start spring load restrictions in the Central seasonal load limit zone Friday, March 18, at 12:01 a.m.

Winter load increases in the north-central and north zones end Saturday, March 19, at 12:01 a.m.
Spring load restrictions are already in effect in the south and southeast zones.

As announced in a March 10 media release, winter load increases end in the metro and central zones on Tuesday, March 15. Spring load restrictions start in the metro zone on Wednesday, March 16.

Seasonal load limit zones and restricted routes can be found on the MnDOT load limits map.

Start and end dates and other load limit information are shown 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
    651-350-2000

For questions about oversize/overweight loads/permitting call:

  • Minnesota Department of Transportation
    Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations – Oversize/Overweight Permits
    651-296-6000 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.

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