Due to continued warm weather patterns, seasonal load restrictions may be implemented on North Dakota state highways as temperatures continue to rise.

Cold temperatures, over the next few days, will temporarily pause the thawing of subgrade but will not refreeze it. When temperatures climb back above freezing, the subgrade will quickly continue its thaw.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) utilizes load restrictions to reduce damage to roadways caused by heavy loads, in the spring, when highway pavements are most vulnerable.

The NDDOT uses computer modeling which is verified by subsurface temperature probes to determine when to place spring load restrictions on the highways. This technology helps NDDOT make more informed decisions and can reduce the length of time load restrictions are in place.

Depending on weather conditions, these restrictions typically go into effect starting in the southwest region of the state and remain in effect until roadbeds have stabilized enough to carry normal traffic.

If motorists have overweight loads to move, consider doing it before seasonal load restrictions are placed.

For updated seasonal load restrictions call 511 or visit the ND Roads map at travel.dot.nd.gov. Email and text alerts are also available through GovDelivery. For more information visit dot.nd.gov

Below you can find the current restrictions from the DOT

NDDOT Load Restrictions

Order 2023-01 Effective 2/15/2023 7:00:00 AM CT

Issued at Bismarck, North Dakota 02/16/2023 12:44 PM, pursuant to
authorization of Section 39-12-03, North Dakota Century Code.

This report is based upon the information available to the North Dakota
Department of Transportation at the time of preparation and is provided
solely as a public service.

The sign erected on the highway governs the load restrictions in effect.

ND 3
Load Restriction CODE Change(s):
Mile Pt. 159.341 to 177.190 (Junction US 52 West to Junction North Dakota 19) - 7 Ton to 8 Ton
Mile Pt. 201.386 to 233.548 (Junction US 2-Rugby to Junction US 281 and North Dakota 5 East) - - 8 Ton to by Legal Weight

ND 8
Load Restriction CODE Change(s):
Mile Pt. 0.000 to 4.035 (South Dakota State Line to West Junction US 12-Hettinger) - 7 Ton to 8 Ton

ND 37
Load Restriction CODE Change(s):
Mile Pt. 2.000 to 43.883 (2 mi. East of Junction North Dakota 23 and North Dakota 1804-Par to East Junction North Dakota 1804) - 7 Ton to 8 Ton

ND 50
Load Restrictions In Effect:
8 Ton - Mile Pt. 20.850 to 41.095 (0.5 mi. East of Junction US 85 to No Landmarks within 10 miles of location)

ND 67
Load Restriction CODE Change(s):
Mile Pt. 2.000 to 27.466 (2 mi. North of Junction US 12-Scranton to Junction North Dakota 21) - 6 Ton to 8 Ton

ND 73
Load Restrictions In Effect:
8 Ton - Mile Pt. 7.576 to 11.332 (3.8 mi. West of Junction North Dakota 22 to Junction North Dakota 22)

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