BRANCH COUNTY, MI (WTVB) - Rising and falling temperatures and the impact on roads mean that yearly weight restrictions on roads in Branch County will be enforced starting next week. That’s the word today from the Branch County Road Commission. The extended forecast indicates temperatures will be moderating to near 40 by Sunday and the lower 40’s for Monday. It follows yesterday’s high in Coldwater of 50 degrees, which is 16 degrees above normal.
The Road Commission says maximum allowable axles loading on all county roads will be strictly enforced effective 6 a.m. Monday, February 25th, 2013. Agricultural Commodity and Public Utility Exemption permits are required and will be enforced. The permits are issued by the Road Commission. They allow hauling of loads of 80,000 lbs. during frost laws or enforcement of weight restrictions. The restrictions are as follows: 9 ft or over spacing between axles, the maximum axle loading is 11,700 pounds while for less than 9 ft but more than 3 ft., 6 in., it’s 8,450 lbs. Normal legal loads must be reduced by 35% on paved roads and 25% on concrete roads for all “Non-Exempt”. Tickets will be issued for violators. The Road Commission says a list of the “ALL SEASON ROADS” will be furnished upon request