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169.824 Gross weight schedule.

Subdivision 1. Table of axle weight limits. (a) No vehicle or combination of vehicles equipped with pneumatic tires shall be operated upon the highways of this state where the total gross weight on any group of two or more consecutive axles of any vehicle or combination of vehicles exceeds that given in the following table for the distance between the centers of the first and last axles of any group of two or more consecutive axles under consideration; unless otherwise noted, the distance between axles being measured longitudinally to the nearest even foot, and when the measurement is a fraction of exactly one-half foot the next largest whole number in feet shall be used, except that when the distance between axles is more than three feet four inches and less than three feet six inches the distance of four feet shall be used:

Maximum gross weight in pounds on a group of 2 3 4 Distances consecutive consecutive consecutive in feet axles of axles of axles of between a 2-axle a 3-axle a 4-axle centers vehicle vehicle vehicle of fore- or of any or of any or any com- most and vehicle or vehicle or bination of rearmost combination combination vehicles axles of of vehicles of vehicles having a a group having a having a total of 4 total of 2 total of 3 or more axles or more axles or more axles 4 34,000 5 34,000 6 34,000 7 34,000 37,000 8 34,000 38,500 8 plus 34,000 42,000 (38,000) 9 35,000 43,000 (39,000) 10 36,000 43,500 49,000 (40,000) 11 36,000 44,500 49,500 12 45,000 50,000 13 46,000 51,000 14 46,500 51,500 15 47,500 52,000 16 48,000 53,000 17 49,000 53,500 18 49,500 54,000 19 50,500 55,000 20 51,000 55,500 21 52,000 56,000 22 52,500 57,000 23 53,500 57,500 24 54,000 58,000 25 (55,000) 59,000 26 (55,500) 59,500 27 (56,500) 60,000 28 (57,000) 61,000 29 (58,000) 61,500 30 (58,500) 62,000 31 (59,500) 63,000 32 (60,000) 63,500 33 64,000 34 65,000 35 65,500 36 66,000 37 67,000 38 67,500 39 68,000 40 69,000 41 69,500 42 70,000 43 71,000 44 71,500 45 72,000 46 72,500 47 (73,500) 48 (74,000) 49 (74,500) 50 (75,500) 51 (76,000)

The maximum gross weight on a group of three consecutive axles where the distance between centers of foremost and rearmost axles is listed as seven feet or eight feet applies only to vehicles manufactured before August 1, 1991.

"8 plus" refers to any distance greater than eight feet but less than nine feet.

Maximum gross weight in pounds on a group of 5 6 7 Distances consecutive consecutive consecutive in feet axles of a axles of axles of between 5-axle vehicle a combination a combination centers or any com- of vehicles of vehicles of fore- bination of having a total having a total most and vehicles of 6 or more of 7 or more rearmost having a total axles axles axles of of 5 or more a group axles 14 57,000 15 57,500 16 58,000 17 59,000 18 59,500 19 60,000 20 60,500 66,000 72,000 21 61,500 67,000 72,500 22 62,000 67,500 73,000 23 62,500 68,000 73,500 24 63,000 68,500 74,000 25 64,000 69,000 75,000 26 64,500 70,000 75,500 27 65,000 70,500 76,000 28 65,500 71,000 76,500 29 66,500 71,500 77,000 30 67,000 72,000 77,500 31 67,500 73,000 78,500 32 68,000 73,500 79,000 33 69,000 74,000 79,500 34 69,500 74,500 80,000 35 70,000 75,000 36 70,500 76,000 37 71,500 76,500 38 72,000 77,000 39 72,500 77,500 40 73,000 78,000 41 (74,000) 79,000 42 (74,500) 79,500 43 (75,000) 80,000 44 (75,500) 45 (76,500) 46 (77,000) 47 (77,500) 48 (78,000) 49 (79,000) 50 (79,500) 51 (80,000)

The gross weights shown in parentheses in this table are permitted only on state trunk highways and routes designated under section 169.832, subdivision 11.

(b) Notwithstanding any lesser weight in pounds shown in this table but subject to the restrictions on gross vehicle weights in subdivision 2, paragraph (a), two consecutive sets of tandem axles may carry a gross load of 34,000 pounds each and a combined gross load of 68,000 pounds provided the overall distance between the first and last axles of the consecutive sets of tandem axles is 36 feet or more.

Subd. 2. Gross vehicle weight of all axles. (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 169.85, the gross vehicle weight of all axles of a vehicle or combination of vehicles shall not exceed:

(1) 80,000 pounds for any vehicle or combination of vehicles on all state trunk highways as defined in section 160.02, subdivision 29, and for all routes designated under section 169.832, subdivision 11;

(2) 73,280 pounds for any vehicle or combination of vehicles with five axles or less on all routes, other than state trunk highways and routes that are designated under section 169.832, subdivision 11; and

(3) 80,000 pounds for any vehicle or combination of vehicles with six or more axles on all routes, other than state trunk highways and routes that are designated under section 169.832, subdivision 11.

(b) The maximum weights specified in this section for five consecutive axles shall not apply to a four-axle ready-mix concrete truck which was equipped with a fifth axle prior to June 1, 1981. The maximum gross weight on four or fewer consecutive axles of vehicles excepted by this clause shall not exceed any maximum weight specified for four or fewer consecutive axles in this section.

HIST: 1981 c 321 s 4; 1982 c 424 s 42; 1982 c 617 s 11-13; 1983 c 198 s 9; 1986 c 398 art 13 s 6-9; 1986 c 452 s 20; 1Sp1986 c 3 art 4 s 13; 1991 c 112 s 4; 1991 c 333 s 18,19; 1992 c 578 s 7-10; 1994 c 635 art 1 s 16; 1998 c 372 art 1 s 8; 2000 c 433 s 1; 2001 c 156 s 1; 2001 c 213 s 10; 2002 c 364 s 13