Zionsville Times Sentinel

March 5, 2014

County to enforce 'frost law' road restrictions

By Rod Rose For the Times Sentinel
Zionsville Times Sentinel

---- — Vehicles weighing more than 12 tons are banned from county roads through May 1, but exemptions will be granted to school buses and propane delivery trucks. Farmers can expect to be granted waivers if they need to haul grain or move feed to livestock, and other exemptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Enforcement of the ban under the county’s 1965 “frost law” will begin March 10, the Boone County Commissioners decided at their Monday meeting. The law bans vehicles weighing more than 24,000 pounds total weight from county roads between Jan. 1 and May 1. Violators can be fined up to $100, County Attorney Bob Clutter said. “Normally, we don’t worry about enforcing it, because as long as the ground stays frozen hard, it doesn’t bother anything,” County Highway Superintendent Rick Carney told the commissioners. This year has been different, however; a freeze-and-thaw cycle “is tearing up the roads,” he said. See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for more on this story.