News and Notices
Spring Load Restrictions begin
It's that time of year again. Winter Load Increases (WLI) are ending and Spring Load Restrictions (SLR) are going into effect around the state. Currently, WLIs have ended and SLRs are in effect for the central, south, southeast and metro frost zones.
The WLIs also ended in the north-central frost zone on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. Watch for additional notices soon.
Visit www.mndot.gov/loadlimits and click on Spring Load Restrictions for more details.
MnDOT makes change to Annual Permit Trip Logging requirement
From September 19, 2016 to September 19, 2017, 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.
During this one-year trial period, 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 requirement change, see memo.
New bridge resource tools now available
The MnDOT Oversize/Overweight permits Section in collaboration with the MnDOT Bridge Office has released the Bridge Vertical Clearance Report for public reference which lists structures on the Interstate and Minnesota State Highway system that are owned or inspected by MnDOT. This report identifies the maximum vertical clearance of the highway under the bridge, which is the maximum height you can obtain permits for. The report also includes detailed information about each overpass and its location.
Register today for FREE oversize/overweight permit training
MnDOT is offering a FREE learning opportunity to show you ways to save valuable time when applying for your OS/OW transportation permits.
See training schedule for dates and more information. Some of the topics include how to:
- Choose and obtain the proper OS/OW permit
- Use our online permitting system
- Manage your online account profile
- Store vehicle information and access previous permits
- Get trip approval under an annual permit
- Properly enter vehicle axle configurations
- Use our routing system
This no-cost training will be held at various locations throughout Minnesota in March and April. Class size is limited and registration is required so don't miss out, register today!
Check out our trip logging guide
Do you use MnDOT's online Oversize/Overweight permitting system? If so, our trip logging guide offers instructions and tips that will help you log your trips into MnDOT's online permitting system.
Important regulations for parking at Minnesota's rest areas
During inclement weather, the 10 hour restriction may be waived if a commercial vehicle must shut down due to the hazardous weather. Travel must resume when the weather event passes or at the direction of law enforcement. If you need to park at a rest area longer than the 10 hour limit for this or any other safety concern, please contact the rest area custodian and explain the situation to them so they are aware.
Please note that vehicles that park longer than 10 hours for reasons other than hazardous weather or safety concerns, may be subject to penalty. Also note that MnDOT rest areas cannot be used as staging areas or to drop trailers over long periods of time.
When parking at a rest area, please park vehicles in a manner that safely preserves the most number of truck parking stalls for others.
The 2017 Minnesota Commercial Truck and Passenger Regulations book is here
OFCVO has finished the annual updates to the Minnesota Commercial Truck and Passenger Regulations book. This book assists motor carriers and drivers in navigating the requirements to legally operate in Minnesota. Take a look at this helpful handbook.
Check out the Minnesota weigh station video
Weigh stations are an important part of Minnesota’s truck size and weight enforcement efforts. They play a key role in protecting the state’s roadway infrastructure and protecting motorists from unsafe vehicles and unqualified drivers.
Watch the video to learn more and get an inside look at the operations of a Minnesota weigh station.
WINNDOT — a cross-border permitting partnership
You can order Minnesota and Wisconsin permits with just one application. Please use the new WINNDOT portal.
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.
I90 / I94 Northwest Passage Corridor Traveler Information
Now you can view up-to-date load restrictions, rest areas, weather conditions and other information along I-90 / I-94, known as the Northwest Passage corridor. Check out the new site.