Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Oversize/Overweight Permits

News and Notices

I-94 Elm Creek Rest Area in Maple Grove reopens

The Minnesota Department of Transportation reopens the Elm Creek Rest Area on Interstate 94 in Maple Grove at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.

The rest area on Interstate 94 had been closed since Oct. 9 while crews made sidewalk repairs and other improvements.

See news release.

MnDOT makes change to annual permit trip logging requirement permanent

Trips made under a MnDOT annual permit no longer require a route pre-approval through MnDOT's permitting system whenever the loaded vehicle does not exceed the following dimensions:

  • 11'0" Wide;
  • 14'6" High; or
  • 110'0" Long.

MnDOT strongly encourages using its permit routing system to verify all routes, but it is no longer a requirement when loaded dimensions are within those listed above.
Loads exceeding the dimensions listed above, and overweight loads, are still required to obtain route pre-approval from MnDOT.
For complete details about this permanent requirement change, see memo.

Future Java upgrades will not work with Online OSOW Permitting System

MnDOT’s online OSOW permitting system will not be compatible with any future versions of Java. To continue to use the online permitting system, you will need to avoid all future Java updates and instead continue to use version Java SE 8 and the Internet Explorer web browser.

For more detailed information and assistance with downloading Java SE 8, please see the Java SE 8 Guide to walk you through the steps.

I-94 Lowry Tunnel re-opens to truck traffic

The 9,000 lbs. limit for trucks in the I-94 Lowry Tunnel has ended. The limit had been in place this summer due to the construction project on I-94 from Minneapolis to Brooklyn Center. You will see occasional overnight closures through October in the Lowry Tunnel and Portland Tunnel as crews wrap up tile installation. The project has an anticipated completion date of mid-summer 2018.

To stay informed of closure schedules, detours and to sign-up for email updates, visit the project website: mndot.gov/metro/projects/i94brooklyncntr.

Pilot escort drivers must be certified

All pilot car drivers who escort oversized loads in Minnesota are required to be certified by the Minnesota State Patrol. For information on training and certification reciprocity, please visit https://www.hennepintech.edu/cts/pages/1233.