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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 NOT yet announced for St. Louis County

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.