Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Sept. 10, 2013

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MnDOT hosting free truck-weight information workshop on Oct. 2

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation is hosting a free Truck-Weight Education Workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Bemidji MnDOT headquarters building, 3920 Highway 2 West.

The workshop will address concerns from state, county, city, and township transportation authorities regarding damage from heavy trucks. Explanations are provided which explain road weights during various times of the year including the winter load increase and spring load restrictions.

The program promotes voluntary compliance to reduce damage to public roads and highways from overweight vehicles. The goal is to provide information and explanations to attendees on how to haul the most legal weight without violating the truck-weight laws.

Topics covered include:

  • An update of road weight limits and differences between the state and local systems
  • Laws governing gross weights, axle weights, tire weights, road-restriction weights, and seasonally increased (winter and harvest) weights
  • Road damage issues: how overweight trucks cost us all
  • Overweight truck issues go beyond just gross and axle weights
  • Classroom exercises to help you identify concerns in your own trucks
  • What's different between axle spacing? Do I have the right tires for the weight?
  • Issues to consider when purchasing a new truck, or altering a current truck
  • Professional, easy-to-understand "take-home" materials to assist you with your own configurations and options


There is no fee to attend the workshop, but registration is required. Download the registration form for more information on Minnesota Statewide Truck-Weight Compliance Training or contact cceconf2@umn.edu, 612-625-2900.



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