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||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||23||TH 61 to CSAH 17|
5 Tons per Axle
|CSAH||2||Honeymoon Trail (FR 164) to The Grade (FR 170)|
|CSAH||12||Seagull Lake (FR 1355) to end|
|CSAH||17||West and north of TH 61 to CR 89|
|CR||45||CSAH 7 to Pike Lake|
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|
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.