(WLNS) - Starting this week through April semi trucks and trailers that carry equipment along Michigan roads have to limit the amount of weight they can carry under state law.
It's part of an effort to reduce wear and tear on road, but as 6 News Reporter Nick Perreault explains, rough conditions throughout Ingham County will keep officials watching the work done by Enbridge Energy.
This is probably just a sign to most who drive past it, but to the Ingham County Road Department, it's a big deal, especially this spring.
"Our roads are fairly tender and susceptible to damage with thawing in the base"
So under state law starting this week, semi trucks and trailers on highways and side streets have to reduce their total weight, but Enbridge has reached a deal with Ingham County to continue their usual truck loads.
"That agreement will cover the costs of any road damage caused by the trucks used to support our line 6 B replacement project," said Jennifer Smith, Enbridge Community Relations.
Enbridge says repairing this stretch of pipeline is expected to last through the summer, which is why Bill Conklin says it's crucial to have a $100,000 deposit from Enbridge in hand.
The county can't afford more beat-up roads.
"It's a budget concern for us because we don't have the funding to repair if a company damages our roads."
The Managing Director says roughly 30 percent of Ingham Roads are already in poor condition, but Enbridge says the county should rest assure they'll pay up if they tear up.
"We realize that our trucks are heavy, we have large equipment that we're transporting, we try to make sure that the project is done safely and but as quickly and as efficient as possible."