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Road Restrictions

Protecting the Roads to Increase Their Life & Ensure Safe Driving

St. Louis County reserves the right to seasonally restrict the operation of vehicles on County Roads (CR), County State Aid Highways (CSAH) and Unorganized Township (UT) roads per Minnesota Statue 169.87: Seasonal Load Restriction; Route Designation. Questions concerning any county maintained road should be directed to one of the Maintenance Superintendents listed on the Maintenance District map or by clicking on the relevant Maintenance District link to the right.

St. Louis County follows seasonal load restrictions as directed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT). Mn/DOT's toll-free number for road restriction information is 1-800-723-6543. You can also access up-to-date information regarding road restrictions in Minnesota by clicking here for MnDOT Seasonal Load Limits.

Spring Road Restrictions:


Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 169.87 and St. Louis County Ordinance No. 13 dated March 13, 1972, St. Louis County highways located in the North-Central and North Frost Zones will be posted at 12:01 A.M. on Friday, March 13, 2015. The North-Central Zone includes the area south of US Highway 2 and west of State Highway 33. The North Zone includes the area north of US Highway 2 and east of State Highway 33. Information on zone boundaries can be obtained by clicking here for Mn/DOT's Seasonal Load Limits.

Highway maintenance vehicles, mobile library units, school buses, and emergency public utility vehicles fall under specific requirement as described in Minnesota Statute 169.87, Subd. 3, 4, 5 & 6. Propane and fuel oil haulers should consider topping off their customers’ tanks prior to the posting of spring load restrictions since their hauling vehicles are overweight on many of the posted County roads even when empty. Unpaved Roads: Any unposted unpaved roads are limited to 5 tons per axle. Road postings higher than the 5 ton limitation are effective only if the postings are in place. Paved Roads: All paved roads will be posted with the effective per axle weight restrictions. For more information related to per axle weight restrictions, we ask transportation companies to refer to our 2015 Road Restrictions Maps. This map is color coded to show the road rating in tons and assist with transportation planning. Note: St. Louis County will not grant exemptions during Seasonal Load Restrictions unless it is detrimental to public health and safety. In the event you are in need of an exemption, please email Victor Lund, Principal Engineer - Traffic, or call him at 218-625-3873. Once the Spring load restrictions are applied they will remain in force until they are lifted by Mn/DOT. Once the blanket spring load restrictions are removed, individual roads may remain posted based on their condition until they recover and are able to carry full legal loads. These individual decisions are made by the maintenance superintendents.

Thank you for your compliance. With your cooperation we can extend the life of our highways, reduce the need for costly repairs and keep our highways safe for all users.

EFFECTIVE MARCH 11, 2015 - Sewage Trucks exempt from load restrictions: Per Governor Mark Dayton's executive order, all sewage trucks are exempt from seasonal load restrictions. For further information, click here to see the executive order.