Seasonal weight restrictions lifted on some state roads in southern Michigan

March 23, 20210

From 6 a.m. on March 19, Michigan lifted seasonal weight restrictions on some state roads in the Lower Peninsula.

Weight restrictions were lifted

  • from the southern Michigan border north to M-43 in the city of South Haven
  • then east on M-43 to US-131 in Kalamazoo County
  • then south on US-131 to I-94 in Kalamazoo County
  • then east on I-94 to I-69 in Calhoun County
  • then north on I-69 to I-96 in Lansing
  • then east on I-96 to M-59 in Livingston County,
  • then continuing east on M-59 ending at the I-94 interchange in Macomb County

Officials noted that the winter weather restrictions remain in effect for the remainder of the state and will still be enforced on all state highways. State routes typically carry M, I or U.S. designations.

In the restricted areas, the following apply:

  • On routes designated as “all-season” (colored in green and yellow on the MDOT Truck Operators Map), there will be no reduction in legal axle weights
  • On routes designated as “seasonal” (designated in solid or dashed red on the MDOT Truck Operators Map), there will be a posted weight reduction of 25 percent for rigid (concrete) pavements and 35 percent for flexible (asphalt) pavements
  • All extended permits will be valid for oversize loads in the weight-restricted area on the restricted routes. Single-trip permits will not be issued for any overweight loads or loads exceeding 14 feet in width, 11 axles and 150 feet in overall length on the restricted routes.

County road commissions and city public works departments imposed their own seasonal weight restrictions.

For weight restriction information, please, call 800-787-8960, or visit MDOT’s website, under “Restrictions”. All-season routes are colored in green and yellow on the MDOT Truck Operators Map, which is available online.


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