Road Weight Restrictions

Each year during the spring thaw (typically early-March to mid-May), State, County and local highway authorities impose axle weight restrictions to protect their roadways.

The two primary causes for premature deterioration of asphalt streets are weather and traffic. As the frost is leaving the ground during the spring thaw, the gravel under the street has high moisture content, which affects the load carrying capacity of the asphalt pavement. Therefore, in order to prolong the service life of the streets and highways, axle weight restrictions are imposed during the spring thaw when streets are most susceptible to damage due to heavy loads.

The exact dates on which seasonal limits go into effect and are removed vary depending on annual temperature variations. Seasonal load limits in Spring Park go into effect on the date determined by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) for the Metro Area Frost Zone. 


Notification of the date road restrictions go into effect will be posted at the MnDOT website, or you may call (651) 366-5400 or toll free at (800) 723-6543.

Spring Road Weight Restrictions begin February 26, 2024 at 12:01 AM

Spring Road Weight Restrictions end TBD

The following streets are limited to a four-ton axle per axle weight limit: Black Lake Road, Budd Lane, Channel Road, Del Otero Avenue East, Dickson Avenue, Dick-son Avenue Extension, Hazeldell Avenue, Kings Road South, Lafayette Lane, Lilac Road, Mapleton Avenue, Northern Avenue (East of Lilac Road), Park Lane, Patties Lane, Rose Hill Lane, Togo Road, West Arm Road Central, West Arm Road East, West Arm Road West.

The following streets are limited to a nine-ton axle per axle weight limit: Bayview Place, Del Otero Avenue West, Interlachen Road North, Kings Road North, Northern Avenue (East of Sunset Drive CR 51 to Lilac Road), Shoreline Place, Spring Street, Warren Avenue, All County Roads (Hennepin County 15, 51, 125)


County/State Road Restrictions:

Hennepin County Public Works at (612) 596-0300 for restrictions on county-maintained roadways

Minnesota Department of Transportation at (651) 582-1550 for restrictions on state highways.