MARIETTA - Washington County commissioners approved the Frost Law 2014 Resolution Thursday, which was submitted by the county engineer and details ways to better protect roads during the freeze-thaw period.
The resolution took effect on Thursday and will run through March 30.
The Frost Law reduces weight limits during times of thaw and moisture.
"It will protect the roads when the ground becomes soft," said Commissioner David White.
Reduced weight limits include a 30 percent reduction in axle loads and gross vehicle weights. County Engineer Roger Wright said the reduction is based on a state standard.
This drops the weight to 14,000 pounds per axle and 56,000 pounds of maximum weight per vehicle.
"Take the full amount of whatever a vehicle can carry, and reduce it by 30 percent," he said.
Wright said it was the due diligence of the engineer's office to make sure people stayed informed on the issue.
Commission President Ron Feathers said it's up to the county engineer to decide which roads were a part of the Frost Law.
Wright said there are two types of roads that are exempt from the Frost Law.
"The first type is a Federal Aid Road, where we use federal funds to bring the roads to a better standard," he said. "These are projects on roads that increase their stability and allow them to carry a heavier (load)."
Wright said the second type was in-house road stabilization.
"These are roads that have a base stabilization project with in-house money, whether that's from tax money, license plate or gasoline sales or tax funds," he said.
A few non-Frost Law roads include Ohio 821 to Ohio 530 and Ohio 7 to County Road 333. A complete list can be found at the Washington County Engineer's office; calls are welcome at 376-7430.
Permits can be issued for a few types of vehicles traveling the frost roads if they exceed weight.