Every spring in Maine local municipalities “post” certain roads that are susceptible to damage from heavy vehicles as the freeze-thaw cycle begins. As the weather begins to warm up, the melting snow saturates the ground under the roads which weakens the base the asphalt is laid on. When the base is compromised it can no longer support the asphalt above it when a heavy load travels over it.
This leads to potholes, cracks, and in some cases severe ruts from the vehicle.
To reduce costly damage to the roads the towns will temporarily “post” the road, which means they put a bright orange sign up at all entrances listing the maximum weight rating for a vehicle to travel on that road.
The posted roads are limited to vehicles with a gross weight of 23,000 pounds or less, and they typically remain posted until late April or early May.
What does it mean for you and how will this impact your move?
• The majority of Bisson’s moving vans are registered above the 23,000 pound limit.
• In most cases the town will issue a permit to complete your move, however it is subject to change based on the weather/road conditions the week of your move.
• It is the customer’s responsibility to obtain the permit and send it to Bisson prior to your move date. You may call your town office or public works department for more information.
• If you would like assistance obtaining the permit please ask and we will be glad to help!
• If we are not able to obtain a permit an additional cost will be incurred to “shuttle” your goods with a smaller truck to a larger truck.
• The worst case scenario is having to rescheduling or delay your move until the roads are no longer posted or a permit is issued.
• Please note private gravel roads and neighborhoods with home owners associations also restrict truck travel, please be sure to check with whomever maintains/manages your road prior to your move.
Any vehicle above the weight limit that is caught on a posted road without a permit is subject to steep fines, and often is held responsible for any damage incurred, so it is important that we work together to avoid any issues on your move day.
If you have questions about your move or road conditions, please do not hesitate to contact customer service at any time and we will be happy to help! Thank you for your assistance and understanding.