Driving County Roads

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

A Nicollet County First

On March 27, Nicollet County became the first county in the state to post our gravel roads to ten ton capacity. The Nicollet County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution that allowed for all the County-owned gravel-surfaced roadways to be posted “seasonally” for legal 10-ton per axle truck weight. Most of the county’s gravel county routes have been reconstructed and can handle the low volume of 10-ton loading that is already happening.

The county board feels this posting is necessary because agricultural trucking has become extremely important to the goals of milk, meat, and bio-fuel production. And these loads are at or above the weight capacity. This will continue our efficient movement of commodity products from field to market. Signs designating this change will go up after the current “spring-time” 7-ton signs are removed. end

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