With temperatures expected to approach 50 degrees early next week and daytime highs above freezing all week, at some point expect the Wright County Highway Department to enact its annual spring load restrictions for the county’s road system.
The county follows state zone guidelines for enactment of restrictions of its roads and highways and they typically last seven to eight weeks.
Over the last seven years, the date the weight restrictions have started have varied by severity of winter – March 12 in 2015, Feb. 29 in 2016, Feb. 21 in 2017, March 16 in 2018, March 19 in 2019, March 9 in 2020 and March 5 in 2021.
The purpose of the spring load restrictions is to protect and preserve county roads and highways during the period of thawing when the road beds are their most vulnerable. Typically, there is a short warning window before the restrictions go into place. When the highway department makes than announcement, we will inform residents immediately when the restrictions take effect.
A map of the 2022 load restrictions when they take effect can be found here: https://www.co.wright.mn.us/904/Spring-Load-Restrictions