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.