Section 3: Emergency Load Zones on Roads

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Setting Emergency Load Zones on Roads

The district shall notify the Construction Division, Materials and Pavements Section (CST-M&P), by telephone, e-mail, or fax, that an emergency load restriction is required. The following table lists the steps, responsible party, and required action for establishing emergency load zones on roads:

Anchor: #i1006618Table 12-2: Emergency Load Zones on Roads


Responsible Party

Required Action



  • provides a map showing location of road and alternate routes for legally loaded vehicles to use
  • recommends gross load or axle load limits
  • documents deficiencies justifying the placement of emergency load limits
  • submits a request for a 120-day extension of the emergency load restriction if the load restriction is needed for more than 120 days
  • requests a permanent load restriction by memorandum and submittal of the "Recommended Change in Road Load Zoning" form prior to the expiration of the emergency load restriction, if necessary.



  • evaluate information received from district
  • prepares letter for the director of CST authorizing the emergency load restriction for 120 days (director can also authorize 120-day extension of emergency load zone restriction, if necessary)�
  • verbally notifies district and the Motor Carrier Division (MCD) of approval.



  • update permit maps
  • notifies District Permit Coordinator upon completion of changes
  • distributes the change in the load zone status to MCD Permit Officers and to Remote Permit System (RPS) customers.



  • erects signs indicating the emergency load limits once approval from the director of CST has been received.

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