Weather Forecast


Spring load restrictions in Central Frost Zone set

The ending date for winter load increases and starting date for spring load restrictions in the Central Frost Zone, which includes Brainerd and Baxter, will be 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.

The starting of spring load restrictions in the South, Southeast and Metro frost zones has already been announced (effective 12:01 a.m. March 14.)

Road Restriction maps indicating the locations of weight restricted routes and those state highways open to maximum ten-ton axle weights are listed on the MnDOT Seasonal Load Limits website at Click on “Seasonal Load Limits,” then click on “Spring Load Restrictions (SLR).” Also available is a text list of the restricted segments along with exceptions to the map.

The northern edge of the Central Frost Zone includes Moorhead, Detroit Lakes, Brainerd, the north side of Mille Lacs Lake and points east of that line.

The southern edge of the Central Frost Zone includes Ortonville, Willmar and points east toward the Twin Cities area.

OVERWEIGHT PERMITS — Permits for over 80,000 GVW will continue and new permits will be issued if all axle and group weights are legal. Existing middle-range and full-summer overweight permits end when Winter Load Increases are removed. No middle-range or full-summer overweight permits are issued during the spring load restriction period. Middle-range overweight permits become available within each frost zone when Spring Load Restrictions are lifted. Full-summer overweight permits become available within each frost zone starting two to three weeks after spring load restrictions are lifted.

For questions about enforcement call: Minnesota Department of Public Safety, State Patrol - Commercial Vehicle Enforcement at 651-405-6196 (select Option 3, Option 3).

For questions about over legal weight/size “heavy haul” trucking call: Minnesota Department of Transportation Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations — Oversize/Weight Permits 651-296-6000

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 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:

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