Due to unseasonably warm weather, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has started implementing spring road restrictions in areas of the state south of here, but has not yet announced restrictions for the North and North-Central zones, which are the two zones that cover St. Louis County. We expect these restrictions may be announced as early as next week.
Nevertheless, we are concerned about the condition of our county roads, and whether they will hold up during warm temperatures and potential rain in the next few days prior to the placement of statewide road restrictions. We are asking loggers to use common sense and voluntary compliance when hauling so roads will not need to be posted ahead of time.
For vehicles normally affected by spring road restrictions, please use restraint during warmer day time periods when road damage would occur, and concentrate hauling during the evening and early morning hours of cooler temperatures when road surfaces are frozen.
Public Works will continue to monitor road conditions and reserves the right to post if roads are being damaged by logging or other traffic.