Chapter 66 – Load and Weight Restrictions


If the Council declares an embargo when it appears by reason of deterioration, rain, snow or other climatic conditions that certain streets will be seriously damaged or destroyed by vehicles weighing in excess of an amount specified by the signs, no such vehicles shall be operated on streets so designated by such signs.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.471 & 472)


The Police Chief may, upon application and good cause being shown therefor, issue a special permit in writing authorizing the applicant to operate or move a vehicle or combination of vehicles of a size or weight or load exceeding the maximum specified by State law or the City over those streets or bridges named in the permit which are under the jurisdiction of the City and for which the City is responsible for maintenance.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.473 & 321E.1)


When signs are erected giving notice thereof, no person shall operate any vehicle with a gross weight in excess of the amounts specified on such signs at any time upon any of the following streets or parts of streets:

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.473 & 475)

  1. 7,500 lbs. limit on the municipal swimming pool parking lot.


Where it has been determined that any City bridge has a capacity less than the maximum permitted on the streets of the City, or on the street serving the bridge, the Police Chief may cause to be posted and maintained signs on said bridge and at suitable distances ahead of the entrances thereof to warn drivers of such maximum load limits, and no person shall drive a vehicle weighing, loaded or unloaded, upon said bridge in excess of such posted limit.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.471)


Truck route regulations are established as follows:

  1. Truck Routes Designated. Every motor vehicle weighing ten (10) tons or more, when loaded or empty, having no fixed terminal within the City or making no scheduled or definite stops within the City for the purpose of loading or unloading shall travel over or upon the following streets within the City and none other:

    (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.473)

    1. Iowa Highway No. 2 from the east corporate limits to the west corporate limits;
    2. U.S. Highway No. 63 from the north corporate limits to the south corporate limits;
    3. West Street from the north City limits to 230th Street;
    4. Railroad Street from Jefferson Street to Karr Street;
    5. Jefferson Street from Highway 63 to Highway 2;
    6. Karr Street from West Street to Highway 2;
    7. East Street from South Street to Highway 2;
    8. Franklin Street from Highway 63 to east City limits;
    9. Poplar Street from Highway 63 to Dodge Street;
    10. Dodge Street from Poplar Street to Locust Street;
    11. Locust Street from Locust Street to Highway 63;
    12. Bader Street from West Street to west end;
    13. Quigley Street from 230th Street to Bader Street.
    14. South Street from East Street to Highway 63.

      (Subsection N – Ord. 686 – Dec. 17 Supp.)
  2. Deliveries Off Truck Route. Any motor vehicle weighing ten (10) tons or more, when loaded or empty, having a fixed terminal, making a scheduled or definite stop within the City for the purpose of loading or unloading shall proceed over or upon the designated routes set out in this section to the nearest point of its scheduled or definite stop and shall proceed thereto, load or unload and return, by the most direct route to its point of departure from said designated route.

    (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.473)
  3. Employer’s Responsibility. The owner, or any other person, employing or otherwise directing the driver of any vehicle shall not require or knowingly permit the operation of such vehicle upon a street in any manner contrary to this section.

    (Code of Iowa, Sec. 321.473)