Seasonal weight restrictions begin Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 6 a.m.
Beginning Wednesday, January 31 at 6 a.m., seasonal weight restrictions will be
in effect and strictly enforced on all county roads under jurisdiction of the Ottawa County Road Commission (OCRC).
Other regional agencies following suit include:
Barry County Road Commission
Calhoun County Road Department
Ionia County Road Department
Road Commission of Kalamazoo County
Kent County Road Commission
Mason County Road Commission
Montcalm County Road Commission
Muskegon County Road Commission
Newaygo County Road Commission
Oceana County Road Commission
City of Grandville
City of Kentwood
City of Walker
The intent of the restrictions is to protect the integrity of the road when frost is coming out of the ground.
With the onset of warmer weather, more thawing is occurring beneath the road’s surface. This creates a saturated roadbed, with water trapped between the pavement and the remaining ice layer below. Heavy trucks and equipment traveling over inadequately supported road surfaces can result in permanent cracks and damage.
Enacting seasonal restrictions is based on multiple factors including solid frost depths, pavement and air temperatures, visual signs of pavement bleeding, pavement distress, saturation levels of roadbeds, and the ten-day forecast. Neighboring cities and counties work closely together to discuss these factors and align enforcement when possible.
The OCRC’s 24-hour Seasonal Weight and Speed Restriction Hotline can be reached at 616-842-0086 or 1-800-394-0290 for the public to check the status of the restrictions.
More information regarding OCRC’s seasonal restrictions and transportation permitting is available at ottawacorc.com/trucking/.
Statewide weight restriction information can be found at: Seasonal Weight Restrictions – Michigan County Road Association (micountyroads.org).