New Load Restrictions Go Into Effect Thursday Morning

Bismarck – Those who operate heavy truck and heavy cargo have new rules to follow starting tomorrow.

Starting at 7 am tomorrow – new load restrictions will be put in place on several roads west of the Missouri River.

These roads were selected because they are west of the Missouri River where there is less snow and warmer temperatures.

The pavement surface, age, and thickness also went into account in the selections of the roads because older highways have weaker pavement and can’t handle the heavier loads.

We spoke with the D-O-T, they say the restrictions are put into effect for good reason.

“Load restrictions are in place to prevent damage to our highways when they’re most vulnerable and that’s this time of the year when the frost is coming out, there put in place this time of the year for about four to six weeks but it’s really temperature dependent rather than time-dependent”. Said Larry Gangl: District Engineer, ND-DOT.

He adds that more restrictions are expected to be announced district-wide next week.


Here are the impacted Roads…

  • Highway 1806 from the Jct. of Hwy 200 west to the Jct. of Hwy 8
  • Highway 8 from the Jct. of Hwy 200 north to Lake Sakakawea
  • Highway 22 from the Jct. of Hwy 200 north to the Jct. of 73
  • Highway 16 from the Jct. of I-94 north to the Jct. of Hwy 68

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