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McDonough County Road Weight Limits are Posted

Jan 23, 2012

The McDonough County Highway Department is posting road weight limits until April 14th. The department's website calendar will show what days the limits are in effect. On those days, haulers will need permits to haul legal limits that are over the load limits.

County Engineer Tom Hickman said the limits are one way to reduce damage to the roads.

He said, “The freeze-thaw cycle is why I do this. Because when the road base freezes and then thaws out, it gets soft and it comes apart if you put too much weight on it.”

Permits forms are availabe at the county highway department office or for download from its website.

The limit is 10 tons for two-axle vehicles. The limit is 16 tons for three-axle vehicles and semis.