Spring Load Restrictions in Effect on City Streets

Spring load restrictions went into effect on City streets Monday, March 14 at 12:01 am. During this time, traffic on all City streets is limited to a maximum weight of 6 tons per axle.

This is important information for anyone who is moving, hauling, or planning a construction project. You may have to use smaller trucks or lighter loads.

The City may issue a load limit waiver for a single trip with a maximum load of 7 tons per axle. Only one waiver will be issued per project per season. Please submit your waiver application to the Public Works office in person or email it to rnims@goldenvalleymn.gov. Be sure to include a sketch showing project location and proposed haul route.

Spring load restrictions are used as a pavement preservation strategy in regions with freeze-thaw environments. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) sets the starting and ending dates for spring load restrictions. Like most local road authorities in Minnesota, the City of Golden Valley follows the dates established by MnDOT.

According to MnDOT, ending dates for spring load restrictions are based on how the weather is affecting roadway strength. These dates are established by monitoring roadway strength as weather conditions change. Therefore, the ending date for spring load restrictions varies from year to year. Over the past 25 years, the average ending date is April 27. UPDATE: The City’s spring load restrictions will expire in accordance with MnDOT’s restrictions on Monday May 2, 2011, at 12:01 am.

If you have questions about restrictions on roadways in Golden Valley, contact the following authorities:

City Streets
Golden Valley Public Works Office

Hennepin County Highways
Permit Office
(leave a voicemail for a return call)

MnDOT Highways

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