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Section 3: Emergency Load Zones on Roads

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3.1 Setting Emergency Load Zones on Roads

The district shall notify the Maintenance Division, Pavement Asset Management Section, by telephone or email 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: #i1001217Table 13-2: 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.


MNT – Pavement Asset Management

  • Evaluate information received from district;
  • Prepares letter for the director of MNT authorizing the emergency load restriction for 120 days (director can also authorize 120-day extension of emergency load zone restriction, if necessary);
  • Notifies district and the Department of Motor Vehicles, Motor Carrier Division (MCD), of approval;
  • Updates the publicly accessible load zone map.



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


MNT – Pavement Asset Management

  • Provides consultation to MCD as needed.

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