Road Restrictions

County roads experience the most stress during the spring. This is because the road bed is saturated with water thereby significantly reducing the strength of the road surface. The beginning and end of spring load restrictions is determined by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.


The Minnesota Department of Transportation lifted spring load restrictions for St. Louis County on Friday, May 8 at 12:01 AM for most county roads. However, certain county roads are still in the recovery process back to full strength due to local factors such as soil conditions, exposure to sunlight and drainage patterns.

You can view the maximum axle weights for these St. Louis County roads that have had the load restrictions extended by viewing the St. Louis County Road Restriction Extensions Map. For questions about a specific county road listed in the map, you may call the nearest St. Louis County maintenance office at:

Pike Lake – 218-625-3800
Hibbing – 218-262-0150
Virginia – 218-742-9800
Cook – 218-666-5261