Cook County – Spring Road Conditions Update

Regional News from Cook County

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COOK COUNTY – Following this winter’s snowfall totals, Cook County asks drivers to remain vigilant as localized flooding is expected to continue as the long-range forecast predicts warming temperatures. Cook County Highway Department crews will work through the weekend to continue to thaw culverts, dig ditches, and push ice chunks off several county roads. Springtime truck weight restrictions will begin on Tuesday.

The Highway Department asks drivers to report water over roadways or other issues to the office at 218-387-3014. Afterhours and weekend emergencies may be reported to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office at 218-387-3030. All reports will be added to a growing list of needs, and crews will respond as soon as practicable.

“Many roads are not built to withstand the pace of this season’s melting, which is further complicated by a mix of daytime thawing and overnight freezing temperatures,” said Cook County Highway Engineer Krysten Foster. “In some neighbourhoods, crews may need to thaw the same culvert on consecutive days. All available resources including steaming units, sanding trucks, and graders are working hard to improve road conditions as soon as possible.”

Seasonal Road Restrictions
Seasonal Road Restrictions will go into effect at 12:01 am, Tuesday, March 19, 2019, and typically remain in effect for a minimum of eight weeks. After that period, road restrictions will be lifted on a case-by-case basis as conditions warrant. All Cook County roads are limited to 5 tons per axle unless otherwise posted. The following roads are posted as follows:

10 Tons per Axle

CSAH       12             TH 61 to Hedstrom’s Mill

9 Tons per Axle

CSAH 2 TH 61 to end of bituminous (FR 164)
CSAH 4 TH 61 to end of bituminous (FR 164)
CSAH 5 Entire length
CSAH 7 Entire length
CSAH 8 CSAH 12 to CR 27

CSAH       12           Hedstrom’s Mill to Greenwood Road (FR 309)

7 Tons per Axle

CSAH 12 Greenwood Road (FR 309) to Seagull Lake (FR 1355)
CSAH 16 TH 61 to Hovland Tower Road
CSAH 17 TH 61, east to Hat Point
CSAH 18 Entire length
CSAH 23 TH 61 to CSAH 17

5 Tons per Axle

CSAH 1 Entire length
CSAH 2 Honeymoon Trail (FR 164) to The Grade (FR 170)
CSAH 12 Seagull Lake (FR 1355) to end
CSAH 14 Entire length
CSAH 17 West and north of TH 61 to CR 89
CR 45 CSAH 7 to Pike Lake
CR 48 Entire length

All other County roads that are not posted.

4 Tons per Axle

CSAH 8 CR 27 to CR 57
CSAH 16 North of Shoe Lake Road (FR 313)
CR 57 CSAH 8 to Bally Creek Road
CR 89 Entire length
CR 74 Entire length



Engineer Foster invites drivers to call the Highway Department with any questions or concerns regarding road conditions.  The Highway Department thanks residents and visitors for your patience amidst challenging conditions.


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