Edina, Minn., March 2, 2020 – Spring load restrictions in Edina go into effect 12:01 a.m. Friday, March 6, the same day they take effect across the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area.
Weight restrictions are implemented each spring in an effort to preserve and protect Edina’s road system during the thawing and refreezing associated with spring. Streets are weakened during the spring thaw by water that becomes trapped in the gravel base below the pavement. The weight of vehicles traveling over these roads can cause the road to bend and possibly crack. Limiting the amount of weight on the street during this time will minimize the wear and allow the base adequate time to stabilize.
Most residential roads in Edina are restricted to five tons per axle throughout the period that restrictions are in effect. The permit allows up to six tons per axle.
The road weight restrictions typically won’t affect the average car or truck. However, construction vehicles entering residential neighborhoods may have to lighten their loads to comply with the restrictions.
Permits are $100 for one truck to one address for one trip. They can be obtained online. Drivers can show the email receipt as proof of permit. Violators may be fined.
Learn more and apply for a permit at EdinaMN.gov/loadrestrictions.
For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 952-826-0376.