Whitman County Gazette - Serving Whitman County since 1877

Weight restrictions lifted west of 195


February 7, 2018

Road weight restrictions were lifted Monday on all county roads west of Highway 195 with two exceptions, Cache Creek Road and Ralph Henning Road.

The Whitman County Public Works Department institutes weight restrictions on roads every year as roads thaw in the late winter. The limits are posted to contain damage to the roadways.

This year, Public Works crews flipped the square, hinged-signs in early January on dozens of roads throughout the county. Once turned, the signs set a 19,500-pound load limit, lasting four to 10 weeks.

The decision of when to flip the signs is made each year by Public Works Director Mark Storey, after conferring with his supervisors about frost conditions. Load limits are posted on both paved and gravel roads.

Dirt roads are unaffected as they are closed from November to March.

The main effect of the load limits is for farmers to withhold grain trucking this time of year.

Special permits are granted for vehicles deemed essential, such as heating oil trucks, garbage trucks and school buses. Others may apply.


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