DeKALB – Beginning February 27, a seasonal weight limit will limit vehicles over 8,000 pounds. from driving through certain DeKalb streets.
The city of DeKalb issued a large vehicle restriction due to freeze-thaw cycles that threaten to severely worsen road conditions on certain streets.
Restricted streets include South First Street starting at Fairview Drive to Taylor Street as well as Pleasant Street from Enterprise Drive to Loves Road. Other roads include Twombly Road and Malta Road starting from Annie Glidden Road in the West city limits and Gurler Road starting from South First Street to Route 23. Finally, restrictions on Bethany Road will extend from Tygert Lane to West City limits.
Prohibited vehicles exceeding the weight limit will extend to single-axle vehicles weighing over 8,000 pounds per axle and tandem-axle vehicles exceeding 11,000 pounds per axle, including a gross vehicle weight of 33,000 pounds and over.
Director of Roads and Facilities for the City of DeKalb, Andy Raih issued the statement when selected roads began to show significant deterioration, according to a press release.
Freeze-thaw cycles occur when air temperatures repeatedly change above and below freezing temperatures, causing water to freeze and thaw repeatedly. This threatens pavements which can crack and expand from rainwater and snowmelt and the layered soil beneath the road, which creates a weakened surface.
Raih said the selected roads showed signs of deterioration at a surface and base level and determined they would be seriously damaged or destroyed if large vehicles were allowed to travel, according to the original statement made to the city of DeKalb.
The travel restriction for large vehicles will last only until the freeze-thaw cycle, a seasonal occurrence that depends on rising temperatures, ends for the DeKalb area.
A permit to travel may be requested depending on the size of the load at 815-748-2040 with Andy Raih at the Department of Public Works.
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