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Spring Load Restrictions Go Into Effect

With the thawing of the roads comes the spring load restrictions.

Starting today, the maximum legal axis loads will be reduced to 65% of normal loads based on the Michigan Vehicle Code.

The restrictions are in effect for Houghton, Baraga, Keweenaw and Ontonagon Counties.

The following weight limits are based on vehicles with 13-inch tires: maximum allowable weight will decrease slightly with narrower front tires.

Single axle trucks will be limited to 23,400 pounds and tandem axle trucks will be limited to 32,500 pounds.

Single rear axle tractor trailers with one trailer axle has a limit of 35,100 pounds and those with two trailer axles are limited to 44,200 pounds.

Tractor trailers with two rear axles and two trailer axles have a limit of 53,300 pounds.

All rear axle combinations are assumed to be spaced over 3′ 6″ but not over 9′ center to center.

Weight restrictions will be strictly enforced by a certified Weighmaster and standardized truck scales seven days a week.

Hauling will be allowed by permit only.

If a complete re-freeze occurs before the end of March, individual moving permits may be issued upon request.

No individual load limit signs will be posted on country roads.  If you have questions or need additional information, you are asked to contact your local county road commission.

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