County and State road restrictions start today.

The Brown County Highway Department has announced that spring weight road restrictions on Brown County roads will go into effect on the morning of Friday, Feb. 16, at 12:01 a.m., to coincide with weight restrictions imposed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) in the South Zone.

All county roadways are restricted to five, seven, nine or 10 tons per axle as indicated by posted signs. For gravel roads, the weight restriction is five tons per axle. Any Brown County paved road not marked by signs is restricted to 10 tons. These limits are imposed to minimize road damage during the spring thaw.

A weight restriction map for Brown County roads can be found at www.co.brown.us, click on Departments, Highway, Maps, Weight restrictions.

MnDOT’s spring truck weight restrictions in the south, southeast and metro frost zones also begin on Friday, Feb. 17.

Road restriction maps showing the locations of weight-restricted routes and those state highways open to maximum 10-ton axle weights are listed at www.mndot.gov/loadlimits. Click on “seasonal load limits,” and then “spring load restrictions.”

Overweight permits for more than 80,000 pound gross vehicle weight will continue and new permits will be issued if all axle and group weights are legal.

Full-summer overweight permits can be issued during the spring load restriction period only on interstate through movements.

Middle-range overweight permits become available within each frost zone when spring load restrictions are lifted. Full-summer overweight permits become available two to three weeks after spring load restrictions are lifted.

Ending dates for spring load restrictions are variable and based on how weather is affecting roadway strength. MnDOT will report ending dates on its 24-hour automated message center at 1‑800‑723‑6543.