MOUNT VERNON — Each year, under the frost law, the Knox County Highway Department reduces the load limits on county roads by 25 percent to minimize damage to the pavement from freeze and thaw cycles. Already a freeze and thaw cycle has caused potholes to develop and some roads are in bad shape, according to Knox County Engineer Jim Henry.
Highway department crews are already patching the pavement with hot mix. Over 100 of the load limit signs will go up by Wednesday when the load reduction goes into effect. The reduction in loads affects all trucking including company, contractors and local trucking through May 1.
Permits are being issued by the engineer’s office for trucks to carry the full legal load. A sticker will be issued to be posted on the passenger’s side of the windshield. They cost $100 and can be applied for online or at the engineer’s office on Columbus Road.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol will handle enforcement of the load limits. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office will respond to complaints of overloaded trucks, according to Sheriff Dave Shaffer.
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