Briefly: Michigan to adjust highway weight restrictions on Monday, April 1

Map of Michigan with restricted highways marked
MDOT

The Michigan Department of Transportation continues to adjust spring weight restriction areas in an annual move to protect roads.

Effective 6 a.m. Monday, April 1, weight restrictions will be lifted on all state trunkline highways from the southern Michigan border north to and including US-2/US-141 at the Menominee River bridge west of Iron Mountain then east on US-2 to St. Ignace, then north on I-75 to M-134, then east to and including M-134 on Drummond Island. 

Frost restrictions are still in effect for the remainder of the state and will be imposed and enforced on all state trunkline highways north of US-2, I-75, and M-134 and on M-185 on Mackinac Island. State routes typically carry M, I, or US designations.

In the restricted areas, the following will apply:

  • On routes designated as "all-season" (designated in green and gold on the MDOT Truck Operators Map), there will be no reduction in legal axle weights.
  • All extended permits will be valid for oversized 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.
  • 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, and a maximum speed of 35 mph for some vehicles.

Drivers must follow the speed limits for weight-restricted roads, per state law. Go online for speed restrictions for trucks and the rules for propane fuel delivery and public utility vehicles.

For weight restriction information and updates, call 800-787-8960, or you can access this information on MDOT's website at www.Michigan.gov/Truckers, under "Restrictions." All-season routes are designated in green and gold on the MDOT Truck Operators Map, which is available online. You also may sign up to receive e-mail alerts.

Trucking companies located in New Jersey and Canada can obtain information by calling 517-373-6256. 

Georgia truck stop closed by fire damage

A truck stop in southeast Georgia has been closed by fire.

Ed's Truck Stop on Highway 82 in Poulan, about 23 miles east of Albany, caught fire Sunday afternoon, March 24.

Fire damage was contained to a part of the restaurant used for smoking turkeys and one of the dining areas.

No injuries were reported, and the owner Gail Lee said she expects to rebuild and reopen.

Members of the community have rallied to raise money for employees and for Lee.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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