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Highway-load rules take effect Jan. 1

ST. PAUL -- Winter load increases on state highways in southeastern Minnesota will take effect Jan. 1.

State law allows a 10 percent weight increase on all highways and on nine-ton county roads in designated frost zones. However, a winter weight increase permit is required for interstate routes, according to a Minnesota Department of Transportation news release.

New frost zone boundaries went into effect this season to better accommodate the varying climate in Minnesota's regions.

Further details regarding winter load increases and changes in frost zones can be found at www.mrr.dot.state.mn.us or by calling 1-800-723-6543 or (651) 747-2253.

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