News and Notices
Weight restrictions on Highway 169 Elm Creek bridges in Champlin begin April 16
Recent findings from inspections of the Highway 169 Elm Creek bridges just north of Hayden Lake Road in Champlin are prompting the Minnesota Department of Transportation to place weight restrictions on both bridges beginning April 16.
Weight restrictions will be in place for single-unit trucks weighing more than 16 tons and semi-trailer and trailer-truck combinations weighing more than 26 tons. For further details, see news release and view detour.
Seasonal load limit notification
The entire state is now under Spring Load Restrictions. View notification to learn more about these restrictions and overweight permits.
The ending dates for Spring Load Restrictions are based on how weather is affecting roadway
strength. These dates are established by monitoring roadway strength as weather conditions
change. Therefore, the ending dates for Spring Load Restrictions are variable.
As soon as a date is set, MnDOT will report this date on its 24-hour automated message center
at 1-800-723-6543 for the USA and Canada, and locally at 651-366-5400 for the Minneapolis/St
Paul area. This information is also published on the MnDOT Seasonal Load Limits website.
Emergency executive orders issued
Minnesota Governor, Mark Dayton, has issued Emergency Executive Order 15-06 exempting vehicles assisting in the effort to prevent the spread of avian influenza from spring load restrictions. Earlier, he also issued Emergency Executive Order 15-04 exempting vehicles transporting septic tank sewage from spring load restrictions when responding to a septic tank emergency.
Both exemptions are effective until June 1, 2015 and apply on all state and local highways and streets.
Extended trip logging phone hours
In an effort to increase Trip Logging compliancy, MnDOT's Oversize/Overweight Permits office will extend their trip logging phone line hours beginning Monday, March 16, 2015. For assistance with logging your trip, please call 651-296-6000 during these new hours Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. or from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Free oversize/overweight permit training
Join us at our upcoming OS/OW permit training classes in January and April, and learn 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
- Use our routing system
- Use MnDOT's 511 Truckers Page for trip planning
- Understand Seasonal Load Limits (SLL)
- Know when a Pilot Escort Car is required
Classes will last approximately 3 hours. Sign up on our Permits A-Z page (above). The registration form is available here. Please refer to the training schedule (PDF) for class dates, locations and registration information. We look forward to seeing you!
Is your load too high?
Drivers of commercial vehicles and agricultural equipment are cautioned to be aware of their load height, to secure their loads and to pay attention to posted bridge heights. All bridges in the state that are 14 feet, 9 inches and lower have signs posted to warn drivers of heights.
In the past month, five bridges were hit in the Twin Cities, causing major damage to the structures. In one crash, costs to repair the bridge totaled $355,000, which is borne by the carrier or carrier’s insurance. Commercial vehicle drivers caught hitting bridges also face fines. Reasons that vehicles hit bridges include:
- trucks driving off approved routes
- loads not secured properly shift or bounce from inconsistencies in the pavement
- vehicles that have a human or equipment failure such as a garbage truck that begins to lift to dump and the driver does not catch the action or lift warning systems that don’t work as intended
- special agriculture equipment too high to clear bridge height
- illegal loads of over height items that drivers hope to go unnoticed through the transportation system
The 511mn.org truckers’ webpage lists widths of lane closures and other restrictions.
Parking availability system helps truckers
New technology is being tested to help truckers find safe places to park. If implemented, it could reduce driver fatigue, improve safety and provide other valuable benefits. Learn more.
Faxed permit applications discontinued
We are taking this step to better serve the majority of our customers. A high percentage of faxed applications are incomplete or illegible, which slows processing time. See instructions to complete an online single trip permit application or trip log.
Introducing WINNDOT — a cross-border permitting partnership
You can now order Minnesota and Wisconsin permits with just one application! Please use the new WINNDOT portal.
Refund policy gets an update
MnDOT's policy on permit refunds has changed. Refunds may be issued under limited circumstances. Submit your request online.
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 http://hennepintech.edu/customizedtraining/cts/100.
Widths of lane closures automatically restricted
Lane closures that don't show a specific width limit on Mn511 are automatically restricted for permitted loads to a 11'0" wide limit.
Check out the Northwest Passage Corridor!
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.