Spring Load Restrictions

Consistent with section 1305.05 of the City of Crystal Code, and in accordance with Mn/DOT regulations, the City of Crystal has seasonal load limits. Click here for the Mn/DOT Seasonal Load Limit Notification. Click here for the Mn/DOT Season Load Limits webpage

It is unlawful to operate a vehicle or a combination of vehicles upon a public street, alley or highway within the city, where the gross weight on any single axle exceeds 8,000 pounds (4 tons) while the spring load restrictions are in place. Limited exemptions are allowed to the spring load restriction per Crystal City Code Section 1305.05, Subdivision 4. Click here for the special Weight Increase Permit that may allow a vehicle to exceed the 4-ton/axle spring load limit by 2-ton/axle for a total of 6-ton/axle.

For more information, contact the Engineering Project Manager at (763) 531-1161 or mick.cyert@crystalmn.gov.

The City of Crystal has invested millions of dollars into street reconstruction. Studies have shown that the biggest wear and tear on streets is commercial truck traffic. To help reduce the wear and tear, commercial vehicles have weight restrictions that vary throughout the year with the different seasons. Enforcement of these weight restrictions is primarily through the use of weight scales used by specially trained law enforcement officers.

In addition to the wear and tear on streets, crashes involving commercial vehicles have the potential to do a lot of damage and cause significant injury. Beyond checking the weight of commercial vehicles, specially trained officers also look for equipment violations that may contribute to or cause accidents and are, therefore, a safety concern. The City of Crystal has one officer who is certified as a commercial vehicle inspector.

While most City streets are residential, a number of them are classified as State Aid streets. These streets are designed to carry truck traffic in support of the local transportation network.