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Load Permits, Restrictions & Truck Routes
City of Bismarck Load Restriction Policy
Any vehicle with an actual or registered gross vehicle weight of 10,000 lbs or more must use truck routes as provided in the city ordinance.

Non-Truck Route Streets
Trucks may travel off of the truck routes only to reach or leave a destination with the shortest possible distance of travel on non-truck route streets.

Local Deliver & Pickup
Trucks used for home delivery and pickup must use truck routes except when actually making deliveries or pickups. Travel between delivery or pickup sites must utilize truck routes when this will reduce travel on non-truck routes streets.

Load Restricted Routes
Several streets are limited year around to 6-Ton Load Restrictions. No vehicles with divisible loads on these routes may exceed the 6-Ton Load Limits regardless of destination. These streets are: Country West Road from Clydesdale Drive to Century Avenue, Century Avenue from Centennial Avenue east to the end of the pavement, Burnt Boat Road, Divide Avenue from 1/4th mile east of 26th Street to Channel Drive, 26th Street from Main Avenue to 1400 feet north of Bismarck Expressway, and Airway Avenue from Airport Road to Northern Plains Drive.

All year around restricted routes are signed. The City of Bismarck reserves the right to change or establish additional load restrictions on city streets as deemed necessary.

6-Ton
Maximum Load Per Single Axle: ------- 12,000 lbs
Maximum Load Tandem Axles: --------- 24,000 lbs
Maximum Load Per Axle, group
of Three or More ----------------------------- 30,000 lbs
Maximum Gross Weight ------------------- 80,000 lbs

Ton Mile Fees
Ton Mile Fees shall be assessed during spring load restrictions. Load permits issued by North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) will be required to pay ton miles fee to the city of Bismarck when traveling on City of Bismarck streets. Fee payment must be arranged with the Bismarck Engineering Department, (701) 355-1505, prior to the move. 

Permits
A Single Trip Movement Permit is required for any load of excessive height (14'), width, (8.5') length (110'), or weight. Contractors are allowed move up to a 10’ wide load before a permit is required. Permits shall not be issued for loads that are divisible.

Self issuing Single Trip Movement Permits may be purchased in advance at the Bismarck Engineering Department. This self issuing permit does not eliminate the requirement of authorization number and pre-approved travel route.

The City of Bismarck will grant reciprocity to permits issued by the NDDOT. The permit holder must contact the Engineering Department for a trip authorization number and pre-approved travel route.

Authorization numbers and pre-approved travel route will be required for all excessive size or weight loads (authorization numbers will not be required on crane permits when load restrictions are not in effect) to travel on city streets. The authorization numbers and pre-approved travel route will be issued by the Engineering Department. The specified route must be on the permit. Lack of an authorization number will result in the revocation of the permit.

When loads are in excess of 15% to 20% over the legal load limits Public Works will be notified and pavement evaluation may be done before the permit is issued. Any damages will be assessed to the owner of the vehicle. Engineering and/or Public Works have the option of refusing to issue any overweight permit.

Every such permit shall designate the route to be traversed and may contain other restrictions or conditions deemed necessary by the traffic engineer. Every such permit must be carried in the vehicle to which it refers and shall be open to inspection by any police officer or persons authorized by the City of Bismarck. A person may not violate any of the terms or conditions of such special permit. All permits for the movement of excessive size or weight vehicles on city streets are for single trips only.

Escorts for Vehicles of Excessive Size
Prior to moving any vehicle or load of excessive size within the city, the operator must contact the Bismarck Police Department and secure a police escort (if required) and pay the cost there of, if deemed necessary by the traffic engineer. The operator must comply with all administrative rules adopted by the Bismarck Police Department to facilitate movement, and a violation of those rules is a violation of this ordinance. Escorts can be arranged by contacting the Bismarck Police Department at 701-223-1212.

For additional information, permit purchasing, route approval and authorization contact Engineering Department at 701-355-1505.


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