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Roads in city, county subject to vehicle weight limitations because of weather

Restricted roads will be marked with a sign, go into effect 12:01 a.m. Thursday

A car avoids the potholes on Normal Road near Kimberly Drive on Friday in DeKalb. More potholes may be appearing because of the fluctuation in temperatures in the past two weeks.
A car avoids the potholes on Normal Road near Kimberly Drive on Friday in DeKalb. More potholes may be appearing because of the fluctuation in temperatures in the past two weeks.

As the spring cycle of cold nights and warmer days begins, countywide public works officials are warning folks to be aware of vehicle size limits on fragile roads that already endured a grueling winter.

According to press releases from both the City of DeKalb and DeKalb County, posting limits will go into affect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

Designated roads will be marked with signs, prohibiting vehicles that weigh more than 8,000 pounds per axle, and tandem axle vehicles exceeding 11,000 pounds per axle with a gross weight of 33,000 pounds or more.

In DeKalb County, if conditions permit, allowances may be made for larger vehicles in certain hours, and drivers can call 815-756-9513 to find out more.

Drivers can call Andy Raih in the city of DeKalb Public Works Department at 815-748-2040 to ask about allowances.

According to the city’s news release, current weather conditions create what is known as a “spring freeze and thaw cycle.”

Warm temperatures thaw any frozen water that has settled under the soil under roads, which creates a weakened subsurface which is easily susceptible to damage from heavy vehicles.

The limitations will continue until further notice, according to both news releases.

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