News and Notices
Winter Load Increases – North, North-Central frost zones
Winter load increases will begin Monday, Dec. 9 at 12:01 a.m. in the North and North-Central frost zones.
Vehicles will be allowed to operate up to 10 percent over the standard legal maximum loads on unrestricted state trunk highways during the winter load increase period. However, trucks must comply with current registration weight laws and not exceed registered gross weight tolerances.
Drivers need to check with local agencies before increasing any weights on city, county and township routes.
Please see the Seasonal Boundary Interactive Map to find zone boundary information as well as other winter increase and spring load restriction information.
Changes to OS/OW Permits - Special Farm Products and Special Products
The 2019 Minnesota Legislature has made changes to statutes for the following permits:
Special Farm Products Permit (commonly referred to as the “Ag Permit”)
- The change to MS 169.865 defines and clarifies allowable commodities that can be hauled under this permit. View specific changes.
Special Products Vehicle Permit (previously the Special Paper Products Vehicle Permit)
- The change to MS 169.864 extends the allowable route and specifies the allowable products to be hauled under this permit. View specific changes.
These changes went into effect July 1, 2019.
- SUPERLOAD Utility Resource Map
This mapping tool can help you filter clearances on MnDOT utility lines, overhead signs, and light signals on state highways, and details on electrical services in different areas of Minnesota.
- Width of Roadway Map
This mapping tool displays travel lane widths for MnDOT’s two-lane undivided highways in three different travel lane width classes: 10 ft., 11 ft., 12ft. or greater. You can also view the location of Metro rush hour zones and restricted travel areas.
Please note that due to various external factors, such as new construction and physical changes in highways, this information may not be current, and may be incomplete. See our disclaimer for more information.
Road Construction Materials permit reminder
When applying for 6 or 7 axle Road Construction Materials Permit, any vehicle or combination is required to meet the minimum spacing following the Gross Vehicle Weight Table. For more information and to view the table, see Gross Weight Schedule.
Also, see Minnesota Statute 169.869 for more details about this permit.
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.
Pilot escort drivers must be certified
All pilot car drivers, including licensed peace officers, 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/workforce-education/programs-workforce-education/pilot-escort-driver-training.html