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Posted on: March 9, 2021

Spring Road Embargoes

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Spring thaw along with spring rains can cause the roads to be soft and easily damaged by heavy loads and traffic. State law allows counties to limit vehicle weight for up to 90 days per year to help protect secondary roads from damage and to make roads safer for the traveling public. 

Those who need to use embargoed roads and are above the embargo weight limit can request an embargo permit from the Linn County Secondary Road Department. This typically applies to school buses, garbage trucks, and construction deliveries. 

  • Permit fee is $50
  • Permittee must provide proof of insurance indicating the policy limits and naming Linn County as additional insured
  • Permittee is responsible for any damage that may result to the road
  • Permits are valid for eight weeks

Apply for an embargo permit (PDF)

Embargoes do not apply to County maintenance vehicles, emergency vehicles, or implements of husbandry.

View a map of embargoed roads. For more information on the weight limit of an embargo, click on the "i" symbol. 

Download our app for quick access to road construction updates and closures.

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