Seasonal Weight & Speed Restrictions Enforced Beginning March 1
Beginning Monday, March 1 at 6 a.m., Seasonal Weight and Speed Restrictions will be enforced by the following agencies
- Kent County Road Commission
- Allegan County Road Commission
- Barry County Road Commission
- Ionia County Road Department
- Kalamazoo County Road Commission
- Montcalm County Road Commission
- Muskegon County Road Commission
- Oceana County Road Commission
- Ottawa County Road Commission
- Van Buren County Road Commission
- City of Kentwood
- City of Walker
The intent of the restrictions is to protect the integrity of the road when frost is coming out of the ground. As frost melts beneath a paved road, water is trapped between the pavement and the remaining ice layer beneath. This compromises the strength of the road and the weight it can sustain. When trucks and heavy equipment travel over a layer of concrete or asphalt that is not adequately supported beneath its surface, the road can incur significant damage.
Therefore, on roads with seasonal restrictions, legal loads must be reduced by approximately 35% and speeds for vehicles over 10,000 pounds reduced to 35 mph.
“We will be enforcing the restrictions based on multiple factors including solid frost depths, pavement and air temperatures, visual signs of pavement bleeding, pavement distress and the ten-day forecast,” said Jerry Byrne, KCRC’s deputy managing director of operations. “Neighboring cities and counties work closely together to discuss these factors and align enforcement when possible.”
Those with truck-related questions may contact the Michigan Center for Truck Safety at 1-800-MTA- 4MTA (1-800-682-4682).
The KCRC Seasonal Weight and Speed Restriction Hotline: 616-336-2019