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Velocity Minute: Spring Weight Restrictions


Over the next 30-45 days in the State of Michigan and the Midwest, weight restrictions will be in place to prevent damage to the roads during the thaw.  This happens each Spring and usually starts at the end of February and the restrictions are lifted at the end of March or Early April.  During this time period machinery will not be able to moved as quickly as it is during normal times.


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Updated Spring Weight Restrictions Bulletin List: 

Updated 2/27/2020  


Effective 6:00 am Monday, March 2nd 2020 weight restrictions will be imposed and enforced on all state trunk line highways within an area of Michigan described as follows. Highways north of a line on M-43 in the City of South Haven east to US-131 in Kalamazoo County then south to I-94 in Kalamazoo County then east to I-69 in Calhoun County, then north to Lansing then continuing east on I-69 to Port Huron in St. Clair County. Highways south of a line on M-55 from the US-31 intersection in Manistee County east to M-66 in Missaukee County then north on M-66 to M-55 in Missaukee County then east on M-55 to the intersection of US-23 in City of Tawas, Iosco County. All state trunk lines between these two lines will have weight restrictions imposed and enforced. 


 Weight restriction information and updates may be obtained by calling 1-800-787-8960. For Companies located in Canada and New Jersey, information may be obtained by calling 517-335-0023. 


On routes designated as "All Season Routes" (green and gold on the MDOT Truck Operators Map) there will be no reduction in legal axle weight. On routes designated as "Seasonal" (solid or dashed red on the MDOT Truck Operators Map), there will be a reduction of 25% for rigid pavements and 35% for flexible pavements.Extended permits will be valid for oversize only in the weight restricted area.Single trip permits will not be issued for overweight or loads exceeding 14 feet in width, 11 axles and 150 feet in overall length in the weight restricted area. 


 Detailed weight restriction information may be obtained by linking to www.michigan.gov/truckers Please refer to MDOT Truck Operators Map for route designations.  


FROM MDOT

Revised Spring Weight Restriction #1 2020 


Effective 6:00 am Monday, February 24th, 2020 weight restrictions will be imposed and enforced on all state trunk line highways within an area of Michigan described as follows. Highways north of a line on M-43 in the City of South Haven east to US-131 in Kalamazoo County then south to I-94 in Kalamazoo County then east to I-69 in Calhoun County, then north to Lansing then continuing east on I-69 to Port Huron in St. Clair County. Highways south of a line on M-46 in Muskegon County from the US-31 Business Route in the City of Muskegon then east to US-131 then North on US-131 to M-46 then east to I-75 North near Saginaw then north on I-75 to M-25 near Bay City continuing east on M-25 to M-46 in Port Sanilac, Sanilac County including the entire Thumb Region. All state trunk lines between these two lines will have weight restrictions imposed and enforced. 


Weight restriction information and updates may be obtained by calling 1-800-787-8960. For Companies located in Canada and New Jersey, information may be obtained by calling 517-373-6256.On routes designated as "All Season Routes" (green and gold on the MDOT Truck Operators Map) there will be no reduction in legal axle weight. 


On routes designated as "Seasonal" (solid or dashed red on the MDOT Truck Operators Map), there will be a reduction of 25% for rigid pavements and 35% for flexible pavements. 


Extended permits will be valid for oversize only in the weight restricted area. 


Single trip permits will not be issued for overweight or loads exceeding 14 feet in width, 11 axles and 150 feet in overall length in the weight restricted area. 


Detailed weight restriction information may be obtained by linking to www.michigan.gov/truckers Please refer to MDOT Truck Operators Map for route designations.   


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