Spring load restrictions removed Spring load restrictions will be removed Saturday, April 5, at 12:01 a.m. from all State highways west of and including Highway 47, with the following exceptions: Highway 251 from US 18 south to the Nebraska border, the Black Hills area and Highway 71 from US 18 south to the Nebraska border. The Black Hills area includes that area bounded on the west by Wyoming; bounded on the north and east by, but excluding I-90; bounded on the east and south by, but excluding SD 79; and bounded on the south by, but excluding US 18. All other spring load restrictions in the state are still in effect.
Only limited overweight permits will be issued for the movement of non-divisible loads in the area of the state that is under spring load restrictions. The overweight permit limitations are as follows:
* The weight per axle may not exceed that allowed by the South Dakota Spring Load Restriction Map or addendum Spring Load Restriction Reports;
* The maximum weight per axle shall be limited to the smallest of 20,000 pounds per axle or 450 pounds per inch width of tire; and
* The weight may not exceed that allowed by the South Dakota Bridge Weight Limit Map or other overweight permit issuance criteria provided by the DOT.
The effective date of the load restrictions is determined by weather and road conditions.
A Spring Load Restriction Report is usually issued in advance of any major load restriction change. This report is issued for guidance only and does not take precedence over load restriction signs in place. For further information or a copy of a Spring Load Restriction Map please contact the DOT at 605-773-3704. Spring load limit information may also be found on the Internet at: http://www.sddot.com/Opera
You can subscribe to an e-mail mailing list whereby you will receive spring load limit restriction information by e-mail. You will be one of the first to know about load limit changes by electing to receive spring load limit restriction information by e-mail. To subscribe to the e-mail service, please visit the following Internet site: http://listserv.state.sd.us/archives/dotspringloadlimits.html.