St. John Valley

Frenchville closes several roads to heavy loads

FRENCHVILLE, Maine — The town of Frenchville has closed several town roads to heavy loads until further notice.

The following roads are closed: Bouchard, Church, Gagnon, Hill, Nelson, Paradis, Pelletier, Skyway and Starbarn avenues and Boucher Street.

Frenchville’s Public Works Director Eric Blanchette said these types of closures are common for northern Maine towns this time of year. The closures are usually posted in March and extend into the middle or end of May depending on weather conditions. 

“All it does is restrict heavy loads from traveling on town roads during these few months when the ground starts to thaw and frost heaves come out which in turn slows or reduces the amount of damage a loaded tractor trailer for example can cause by passing over roads that are thawing and moving,” Blanchette said.

On a regular day, trucks can haul up to 100,000 pounds on these roads when the roads are not posted. Now, the maximum weight allowed is 23,000 pounds. 

There are some trucks that are exempt from these weight restrictions. Some of those include ones carrying heating oil, groceries or animal feed.  

Blanchette added that the posting only applies when “the temperature is above 32 degrees or if there is any melt water in the road.”

 

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