Sara Swanson

Seasonal Weight Restrictions Imposed on Most Roads in Washtenaw County

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wcrc_logo_square_copy_0_0_0The Washtenaw County Road Commission will IMPOSE the Seasonal Weight Restrictions effective 6am on Friday, February 19, 2016. Road damage caused by heavy vehicles during winter and spring thawing periods is a problem that affects all northern states. Unless a roadway has been designed and constructed for heavy vehicle loads year-round and designated to be an ALL-SEASON ROAD, a significant loss of strength occurs during a seasonal thaw period.

Along with reduced loading provisions are reduced speeds. For vehicles over 10,000 pounds operated on seasonally restricted roads, the speed limit drops to a maximum of 35 mph, regardless of the posted limit. Speed, in conjunction with axle and wheel loading, contributes to road damage including the creation of potholes.

Most of the roadways in Washtenaw County are seasonally restricted. For more information about which roads are impacted, please refer to the current WCRC Truck Operator’s Map available HERE. More information about Seasonal Weight Restrictions is available on the Road Commission’s website HERE. If you have any questions regarding Seasonal Weight Restrictions, please contact Matt MacDonell, Assistant Director of Engineering, at (734) 327-6688 or via email at macdonellm@wcroads.org.

This action is taken in accordance with the Washtenaw County Board of Road Commissioners’ Resolution No. RC09-052 and is pursuant to Act 300 of the Public Acts of 1949, as amended [MCL §257.722].

 

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