Weight and load restrictions coming
Weight and load restrictions will soon be imposed on the Alaska highway system for all vehicles over 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight, warns the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities in a press release. The weight restrictions are stated as a percentage of legal allowable weight and shall be applied to the maximum axle loading of state code 17 AAC 25.013(e).
The annual restrictions are dependent upon weather, local soil conditions and frost depth, but usually occur between March and June each year. Since the restrictions may reduce the allowable gross vehicle weight by as much as 50 percent, it would be advisable by those affected to transport as much freight as possible prior to the above dates, writes the department. All state routes, including the Dalton Highway, may be subject to the above limitations.
When imposed, these restrictions will be posted only on the DOT&PF Division of Measurement Standards & Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Webpage at www.dot.state.ak.us/mscve/ (click on “Weight Restrictions” under the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement tab and open the most recent Central Region listing).