Trucks Can Increase Winter Weight Statewide Starting Saturday

Highway 23 near St. Cloud, in the Central frost zone. Photo: Minnesota Department of Transportation
Highway 23 near St. Cloud, in the Central frost zone.

December 27, 2017 09:50 AM

The state Department of Transportation says that starting Saturday, over-the-road trucks can increase their loads by 10 percent on unrestricted highways across much of the state.

The load increase takes effect in MnDOT’s central, metro, south and southeast frost zones, the department said in a release. The increase had already taken effect for the north and north-central frost zones.

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The department says trucks will be allowed to carry up to 10 percent more than the standard legal maximum load during the increase period, the end date for which is variable depending on how weather affects roadway strength.

Drivers need a winter increase permit for hauling on the interstate, but a permit is not required for state trunk highways, MnDOT says. The agency encourages drivers to check with local agencies before increasing weight on city, county or township routes. 

Vehicle operators should check with MnDOT for the season’s winter load increase end date. 

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