Each year during the spring thaw, State, County, and local highway authorities impose axle weight restrictions to protect their roadways.
The two primary causes for premature deterioration of asphalt streets are weather and traffic. As the frost is leaving the ground during the spring thaw, the gravel under the street has high moisture content, which affects the load carrying capacity of the asphalt pavement. Therefore, in order to prolong the service life of the streets and highways, axle weight restrictions are imposed during the spring thaw when streets are most susceptible to damage due to heavy loads.
The exact dates on which seasonal limits go into effect and are removed vary depending on annual temperature variations.
For specific circumstances, the City of Maple Plain can issue Overweight Vehicle Permits that allow exemptions to road restrictions.
|Overweight Vehicle Permit Types||Fees|
|Daily Permit||$100.00 per truck/per day (max 7 ton)|
Valid 7:00 am - 11:00 am only
|Single Trip Seasonal - Home Delivery||$250.00 (max 5 ton)|
|Commercial Tow Truck||$750.00 per occurrence|
|No Permit||Double Fee|
|Emergency- Well & Septic||No Charge (max 7 ton)|
|Resident Annual To/From||No Charge (max 5 ton)|
For questions and more information on Overweight Vehicle Permits contact City Hall at 763-479-0515
Those who are found to be in violation of road restrictions are subject to fines as shown below:
|Total Gross Excess Weight 1,000 pounds or less||1 cent per pound in excess of the legal limit|
|Total Gross Excess Weight more than 1,000 pounds, but not more than 3,000 pounds||$10.00 plus 5 cents per pound for each pound in excess of 1,000 pounds|
|Total Gross Excess Weight more than 3,000 pounds, but not more than 5,000 pounds||$110.00 plus 10 cents per pound for each pound in excess of 3,000 pounds|
|Total Gross Excess Weight more than 5,000 pounds, but not more than 7,000 pounds||$310.00 plus 15 cents per pound for each pound in excess of 5,000 pounds|
|Total Gross Excess Weight more than 7,000 pounds||$610.00 plus 20 cents per pound for each pound in excess of 7,000 pounds|