Seasonal weight restrictions now across all of Michigan

Photo courtesy: MGN/WLUC Edits
By  | 

ISHPEMING TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - As of Monday morning, March 19, seasonal weight restrictions have expanded to all Michigan roads.

The annual weight restrictions are in place to protect Michigan roads, and the beginning dates each year are dependent on the weather.

The weight restrictions primarily affect trucks hauling permitted loads above the legal limit.

On "all-season" roads, which cover most trunk lines in the U.P., trucks are still allowed to haul up to their maximum permitted weights.

"These don't have any effect on passenger vehicles, what we're talking about are weight restrictions on heavy trucks," Communications Representative for the Superior Region M.D.O.T. Dan Weingarten said. "Even for legally loaded trucks, there's not a huge impact on truck traffic, if you're on an all season road, there's no reduction in the weights that you can carry from your normal legal loads."

While weight restrictions are in place, permits to haul over-weight and over-width loads will not be given out. These restrictions are in place to protect the roads while the ground thaws.

Generally, trucking companies understand the weight restrictions, and said complying with the laws benefit everyone.

"Well weight restrictions are good because we don't want to be tearing up county roads and causing problems like that we just have to plan on, throughout the year that we have enough work available during this time of year," Forester for Holli Forest Products Todd Penrose said.

The weight restrictions going into effect today are from the Michigan Department of Transportation, however D.O.T. officials remind truck haulers to check all local regulations before taking their loads on the road.

"People who are hauling heavy loads need to check with counties and cities to make sure that their loads are legal for those areas as well," Weingarten said.

"Marquette County is very good to work with as far as letting us know when restrictions will be coming on, what they're looking at in the forecast," Penrose said.

For weight restriction information and updates, call 800-787-8960, or you can access this information on MDOT's website at www.michigan.gov/truckers, under "Restrictions." All-season routes are designated in green and gold on the MDOT Truck Operators Map, which is available online. You also may sign up to receive e-mail alerts.

Trucking companies located in New Jersey and Canada can obtain information by calling 517-373-6256.

As of Monday morning, March 19, seasonal weight restrictions have expanded to all Michigan roads.

The annual weight restrictions are in place to protect Michigan roads, and the beginning dates each year are dependent on the weather.

The weight restrictions primarily affect trucks hauling permitted loads above the legal limit.

On "all-season" roads, which cover most trunk lines in the U.P., trucks are still allowed to haul up to their maximum permitted weights.

"These don't have any effect on passenger vehicles, what we're talking about are weight restrictions on heavy trucks," Communications Representative for the Superior Region M.D.O.T. Dan Weingarten said. "Even for legally loaded trucks, there's not a huge impact on truck traffic, if you're on an all season road, there's no reduction in the weights that you can carry from your normal legal loads."

While weight restrictions are in place, permits to haul over-weight and over-width loads will not be given out. These restrictions are in place to protect the roads while the ground thaws.

Generally, trucking companies understand the weight restrictions, and said complying with the laws benefit everyone.

"Well weight restrictions are good because we don't want to be tearing up county roads and causing problems like that we just have to plan on, throughout the year that we have enough work available during this time of year," Forester for Holli Forest Products Todd Penrose said.

The weight restrictions going into effect today are from the Michigan Department of Transportation, however D.O.T. officials remind truck haulers to check all local regulations before taking their loads on the road.

"People who are hauling heavy loads need to check with counties and cities to make sure that their loads are legal for those areas as well," Weingarten said.

"Marquette County is very good to work with as far as letting us know when restrictions will be coming on, what they're looking at in the forecast," Penrose said.

For weight restriction information and updates, call 800-787-8960, or you can access this information on MDOT's website at www.michigan.gov/truckers, under "Restrictions." All-season routes are designated in green and gold on the MDOT Truck Operators Map, which is available online. You also may sign up to receive e-mail alerts.

Trucking companies located in New Jersey and Canada can obtain information by calling 517-373-6256.



 
Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station. powered by Disqus