Washington County has placed a 5 ton vehicle embargo on certain roads to prevent damage from heavy loads during the spring thaw. County Engineer David Patterson explained that the embargo is intended to minimize damage to key roads as the frost comes out during the spring by encouraging heavy loads to use alternate, paved routes. As of right now there are no roads in the Kalona area that have been embargoed. The County Engineers Office may issue special permit to allow vehicles in excess of 5 gross tons to operate on the embargoed roads. Information needed for the permit includes vehicles and owner information as well as the product and dates being hauled. For more information, please call (319) 653-7731.