- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Income from the sale of frost law permits to truckers plummeted this year in Williams County, in the heart of North Dakota oil country.

The permits sell for $1,000 and allow companies up to a 7-ton axle weight on county roads that are restricted to a 6-ton axle weight for non-permit holders during the spring thaw.

The Williston Herald reports (http://bit.ly/26ZXvAg ) that permit sales this spring brought in $693,000, compared to about $3 million the previous year.

Dennis Nelson, Williams County’s highway department superintendent, attribute the drop to lower traffic volumes because of the oil slowdown and better planning by companies that transport heavy loads.

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Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com

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