Michigan DOT Lifts Seasonal Weight Restrictions for CMVs Providing COVID-19 Relief

Lansing, MI – The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced on Sunday it was lifting seasonal weight restrictions for commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) providing direct assistance in support of relief efforts related to COVID-19, also known as coronavirus.

In its release, MDOT cited Michigan law, MCL 257.722 Sec (10), which allows the Department to suspend regulations “necessary for the health, safety, and welfare of the public.”

Michigan’s annual spring weight restrictions on certain state roads began Monday, February 24 at 6 a.m.

 

The restrictions were set to expand to additional state thruways each subsequent Monday, with the latest round scheduled to go into effect Monday, March 16 at 6 a.m.

However, MDOT’s announcement on Sunday renders the weight restrictions null and void, effective immediately, for vehicles hauling items deemed vital to health, safety and welfare, primarily food being transported to retail outlets.

The seasonal limits remain in effect for all other CMVs.

MDOT noted that this also does not exempt over-weight, or over-size loads from the standard permitting process.

“Knowing the importance of getting food and other supplies to retailers during this time, we are taking steps to ensure carriers can make deliveries as quickly and efficiently as possible,” MDOT Director Paul Ajegba stated. “We are going to get through this by working together and taking collective action for the greater good.”

 

MDOT says it determines when weight restrictions begin each spring by measuring frost depths along state highways, observing road conditions, and monitoring weather forecasts.

Weight restrictions remain in effect until the frost line is deep enough to allow moisture to escape and the roadbeds regain stability, according to MDOT.

Photo courtesy DanPerry.com / modifications by TNN

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