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March 12, 2007

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Spring road weight restrictions become effective statewide on March 13

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Spring road weight restriction will be in effect statewide at 12:01 a.m. March 13 when they begin in the north and north-central frost zones, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced.

The weight restrictions are now on in the south, southeast, Twin Cities metropolitan area and central frost zones.

Mn/DOT imposes weight restrictions in the spring because pavement damage occurs quickly when moisture from the spring thaw damages sub-grades.

“Mn/DOT monitors weather and road conditions daily, so truckers should check frequently to determine precisely when changes occur in the state’s frost zones,” said Keith Shannon, director of Mn/DOT’s Office of Materials.

He said that Mn/DOT also urges truckers to check the department’s seasonal load limits Web site to learn the locations of weight-restricted routes, changing road conditions and state highways open to 10-ton routes at www.mrr.dot.state.mn.us .

The information is also available toll-free by calling 1-800/723-6543 in the U. S. and Canada or by calling 651/366-5400 in the Twin Cities metro area.

Travelers in Minnesota can get up-to-date information on road conditions, construction and weather reports from Mn/DOT’s 511 traveler information service. Dial 5-1-1 or go to the Internet at www.511mn.org .

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