Seasonal Load Limitsupdated: Friday, February 17, 2017
If you or someone you hire drives a truck that weighs more than 6 tons per axle, please be aware there are special road restrictions in late winter and early spring. Vehicle weight restrictions protect roadways when the road base is soft and subsurface drainage is limited because the soil is only partly thawed. As a result, the city follows the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) schedule for imposing and removing spring road weight limit restrictions. In a typical year, spring road restrictions go into effect in March and end about eight weeks later, depending on weather conditions.
St. Louis Park's guidelines are six tons (12,000 lbs) per axle on residential streets and 9 tons (18,000 lbs) on the MSA routes UNLESS otherwise posted. There are streets that have different weight restrictions by ordinance. There are limited instances such as moving trucks or emergency issues when a weight waiver will be given. All other requests will be examined for options other than issuing a permit such as to divide the load in two or bring less amounts in on each trip. The city does not issue permits for any type of demolition or construction projects for the duration of the restrictions. If a permit is issued there is a $50 fee and the permit is good for ONE trip only. No open ended permits will be issued.
The ending dates for Spring Load Restrictions are based on how weather is affecting roadway strength. MnDOT establishes these dates by monitoring roadway strength as weather conditions change. Therefore, the ending dates for Spring Load Restrictions are variable.
For more information call the MnDOT Road Restriction Hotline at 651.366.5400 or visit the MnDOT Seasonal Load Limits webpage.
Jeff Stevens | Public Works Operations Manager
Municipal Service Center | 7305 Oxford St. | St. Louis Park, MN 55426
P: 952.928.2853 | firstname.lastname@example.org