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April 20, 2023

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Spring load restrictions end in southeast, metro seasonal load limit zones

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation will end spring load restrictions in the SOUTHEAST and METRO SLL zones on Monday, April 24, at 12:01 a.m.

Please check with local agencies prior to increasing any weights on their routes. The sign erected on the roadway governs the load limit in effect. Counties, cities and townships may keep load restrictions on their roads beyond MnDOT’s end date. They post signs on all restricted routes. Drivers can get more information by checking county, city or township web sites or making a phone call. By law, drivers must obey what the sign says regardless of what is written in a memo.

Seasonal load limit zones and restricted routes can be found on the MnDOT load limits map.

Start and end dates and other load limit information are shown at mndot.gov/loadlimits.

Overweight permits for more than 80,000 pound gross vehicle weight continue during spring load restrictions and new permits will be issued if all axle and group weights are legal (axle weight limits).

Full-summer overweight permits can be issued, during the spring load restriction period, for travel on the interstate system only.

Middle-range overweight permits become available within each zone when spring load restrictions are lifted. Full-summer overweight permits become available two to three weeks after spring load restrictions are lifted. 

Ending dates for spring load restrictions are variable and based on how weather is affecting roadway strength. 

  • For questions about legal axle weight during SLR; Gross Vehicle Weight Schedule, call:
    Minnesota Department of Public Safety
    State Patrol – Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
  • For questions about oversize/overweight loads/permitting call:
    Minnesota Department of Transportation
    Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations – Oversize/Overweight Permits
    Or email:  ofcvopermits.dot@state.mn.us

All changes are made with a minimum three calendar-day notice.

For the most current information, go to MnDOT’s automated 24-hour message center at 1-800-723-6543 for the U.S. and Canada, or 651-366-5400 for the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. This information is also published on the MnDOT seasonal load limits website at mndot.gov/loadlimits.

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.