It’s that time of year again when several Northern states enact frost laws to protect their roadways during the spring thaw. Due to the unseasonably mild winter, some frost laws have begun earlier this year than normal.
The states of Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and the Canadian provinces have frost law restrictions during the spring. These laws greatly reduce the weight allowances for permitted shipments over 80,000lbs gross weight. In some cases, it can take 9 or 10 axles to move a commodity that would normally be moved on 6 axles.
These frost laws normally begin in March and could remain in effect until June. So be careful to not put yourself in a position with a load of freight that cannot be delivered due to frost laws.
British Columbia and South Dakota have already started with road restrictions. The following have posted start dates as follows; Alberta 2/17/12, North Dakota 2/21/12, Ontario 3/1/12, Quebec 3/5/12, and Manitoba 3/11/12. Please keep checking the links below for more updates or changes.
Please click on the state or provincial links below for more information or call us at 877-851-1539