Travelers in Starke County may have noticed a few new signs posted on county roads advertising the “frost law” now in effect throughout the county. Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler said the frost law ordinance prevents big trucks from being on the roads and potentially causing more damage before the county has a chance to repair them.
Ritzler said this law allows the county to know where the big loads are going to be and direct them to other roads, giving the county some control over where these trucks travel. Permits are available to allow travel on county roads, and Ritzler said they’re available at the county garage. There are penalties in place for drivers of large trucks who do not get a permit.
Frost law signs were put up this week at all intersections where a county road meets a state road, according to the highway department’s Facebook page. When the frost has completely thawed, the department will remove the signs.