GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Beginning Monday, February 13 at 6 a.m., seasonal weight and speed restrictions will be enforced by the following agencies*:
- Barry County Road Commission
- Ionia County Road Department
- Kent County Road Commission (KCRC)
- Montcalm County Road Commission
- Newaygo County Road Commission
- City of Kentwood
- City of Walker
*Note that Oceana County Road Commission began seasonal weight and speed restrictions on Wednesday, February 8 at 6 a.m.
The intent of the restrictions is to protect the integrity of the road when frost is coming out of the ground. On roads with seasonal restrictions, normal legal loads must be reduced by approximately 35% and truck vehicle speeds reduced to 35 mph.
“We will be enforcing the restrictions based on multiple factors including solid frost depths, pavement and air temperatures, visual signs of pavement bleeding, pavement distress and the ten-day forecast,” said Jerry Byrne, KCRC’s Deputy Managing Director of Operations. “Neighboring cities and counties work closely together to discuss these factors and align enforcement when possible.”
Those with truck-related questions may contact the Michigan Center for Truck Safety at 1-800-MTA- 4MTA (1-800-682-4682).
The KCRC Seasonal Weight and Speed Restriction Hotline can be reached at 616-336-2019.
More information regarding KCRC's Seasonal Weight Restrictions, including the Kent County, Michigan Truck Operator's Map that identifies all-season routes within KCRC's jurisdiction, is available on the kentcountyroads.net.
Water trapped between the pavement and the remaining ice layer beneath can impact the structural integrity of a road. When trucks and heavy equipment travel over a layer of concrete or asphalt that is not adequately supported beneath its surface, the road can incur significant damage. Graphic: Michigan Department of Transportation