As the annual “break-up” begins, so do the weight restrictions for Kenai Peninsula roads. Randy Vanderwood is the Chief of Maintenance and Operations for the Central Region of the Department of Transportation. He says these restrictions are for the commercial vehicles.
Vanderwood: “To your standard commuter in a light vehicle or car or pickup going to and from work, its going to mean nothing to them. We’re looking at mainly at our heavy commercial vehicles, and we’re tying to reduce the amount of loading on our roadways. So you’ll be looking at gravel trucks, or flatbeds hauling equipment around, that sort of thing.”
He said a major factor in determining what can and cannot be on the road is axle configuration.
Vanderwood: “What we’re looking at, when we’re assessing these, is generally, you know, what kind of axle configuration these have relative to the load. The more tires on the ground, the more weight we’re allowing to be placed on that axle group. Some vehicles have single axle, or double axle, or triple axle, or quad axle, you know four axles. And so, basically the more axles you’ve got, the more weight we’ll allow you to distribute onto that axle group.”
Those who need to find out the various weight restrictions on roads can go to the DOT’s website. The restrictions will end in mid-to-late May. The determining factor will be the actual length of “break-up”. Vanderwood says the state wants to make certain the road doesn’t get destroyed with the thawing of the ground.