MDOT: More Annual Spring Weight Road Restrictions Lifting Next Week

More of Michigan’s annual spring weight restrictions on roads will be lifted beginning next week, says the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).

Starting Monday at 6 a.m., weight restrictions will be lifted on all trunkline highways from the southern Michigan border north to and including M-72 from the intersection with M-22 in Empire, east on M-72 to US-131 in Kalkaska, south on US-131 to the south junction with M-72, then east on M-72 ending at US-23 in Harrisville.

MDOT says frost restrictions are still in effect, however, for the remainder of Michigan and will be enforced on all state trunkline highways north of the M-72 line. They say weight restrictions will stay in effect until the frost line is deep enough to allow moisture to escape and roadbeds to become more stable.

In these restricted areas, the following will apply:

  • On routes designated as “all-season” (designated in green and gold on the MDOT Truck Operators Map), there will be no reduction in legal axle weights.
  • On routes designated as “seasonal” (designated in solid or dashed red on the MDOT Truck Operators Map), there will be a posted weight reduction of 25 percent for rigid (concrete) pavements and 35 percent for flexible (asphalt) pavements.
  • All extended permits will be valid for oversize loads in the weight-restricted area on the restricted routes. Single-trip permits will not be issued for any overweight loads or loads exceeding 14 feet in width, 11 axles and 150 feet in overall length on the restricted routes.

For more weight restriction information and updates, you can call 800-787-8960 or click here.