County road restrictions begin next week

To prevent seasonal damage, weight restrictions for Beltrami County roads will go into effect starting Monday.

A center buffer was recently added to County Highway 9/Cardinal Road Northwest west of the Bemidji Regional Airport. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)

BEMIDJI -- Weight restrictions for Beltrami County roads will go into effect Monday, March 8.

According to a release from the county, the restrictions will be for the north and north central frost zones. All gravel surfaced roads will be restricted to 5 tons per axle. All bituminous surfaced roads, meanwhile, will have postings of 5, 7, 9 or 10 tons per axle.

The restrictions are needed because during the spring season the structure of roadways is weakened and is more vulnerable to damage. The restrictions are meant to limit the legal gross axle weights of vehicles, which reduces the amount of damage done to roadways.

No permits will be available for overweight axle loads during this time. For a map of the two frost zones, and a schedule of postings, visit the county's website, To report suspected overweight vehicles, call the County Sheriff's Office at (218) 333-9111 or the Highway Department at (218) 333-8173.

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