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DeKalb setting oversized vehicle restrictions

Matthew Apgar - mapgar@shawmedia.com
A sign is photographed on Thursday, July 6, 2017 in DeKalb.
Matthew Apgar - mapgar@shawmedia.com A sign is photographed on Thursday, July 6, 2017 in DeKalb.

DeKALB – Signs will be posted Friday to prohibit oversized vehicles from traveling down specific roads in DeKalb starting at 12:01 a.m. Monday.

Current weather conditions contribute to the spring freeze/thaw cycle, during which warm temperatures thaw frozen water in the soil under the roads, creating a weakened subsurface susceptible to damage by heavy vehicles driving on the pavement, according to a news release from the DeKalb Public Works Department.

Vehicles prohibited from traveling on the posted roads include single-axle vehicles exceeding 8,000 pounds an axle and tandem-axle vehicles exceeding 11,000 pounds an axle with a gross weight of 33,000 pounds or heavier.

The restrictions will be in effect until further notice, but conditions might permit travel for a few hours, depending on the load size. To request permission, contact Andy Raih at the Public Works Department at 815-748-2040.

Residents also can call 815-756-9513, 24 hours a day, to see whether there are any “windows” during which they can drive oversized vehicles on the roads.

By ordinance, the prohibition of driving on the roads can only be posted for a period of 90 days in any given 12-month period for the spring freeze-thaw cycle.

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