As this season’s extreme conditions continue to cause wear and tear to local road, The St. Joseph County Dept. of Public Works has declared seasonal weight limits on certain county roads.
Vehicles with a total gross weight of 8 tons or more will be restricted from driving on certain roads beginning March 10.
County Engineer Jessica Clark explained that not all county roads will be affected.
“We particularly focused on roads that were in “fair” to “good” condition,” Clark said. “These types of heavy vehicles would further deteriorate that roadway where we've invested money to keep them in a good condition.”
The restrictions will likely last until mid-April but they will be dependent on weather conditions. The county will be issuing a map showing the roadways where the restrictions will occur and will post signs on the stipulated roads.
Clark said there will be exemptions to the seasonal weight restriction.
“We understand that with this restriction school or church transportation vehicles will still be able to provide their services,” she said adding that solid waste management vehicles will also be exempted. “A fire truck is greater than 8 tons, we're not going to obviously restrict a fire truck from responding to an emergency call.”
See the attached document for a list of restricted roads.