Frozen road law expands February 15 to include north central Wisconsin
Law affects log haulers and transporters of salt or abrasives for roads in Zones 1 and 2
As of Wednesday, February 15, Wisconsin's frozen road law will expand to include Zone 2 – the region designated by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) across north-central Wisconsin that generally falls between US 8 and US 10. The southern border of Zone 2 includes US 10, south on WIS 73 at Neillsville, east on WIS 54, north on I-39, and east on US 10. The frozen road law applies to state and federal numbered highways and has been in effect for Zone 1 – north of US 8 – since January 19, 2012. Conditions in Zones 3, 4 and 5 do not meet criteria for frozen roads at this time. Declarations for any additional zones are dependent on conditions for each zone.
The frozen road law allows heavier loads for trucks carrying peeled or unpeeled forest products cut crosswise (not including woodchips), or salt and sand for winter maintenance until approximately early March, unless thawing necessitates an earlier cancellation of the provision or continued cold weather allows for an extension of the declaration period.
The declaration is issued once the ground under highway pavement is frozen to a significant depth and allows the maximum gross weight for trucks hauling logs or salt and sand for maintaining roads in winter to go up to 98,000 pounds on vehicles with a minimum of five axles (from the normal 80,000 pounds). Special permits for hauling the increased weights are not required for Zones 1 and 2, however, vehicles must be legally licensed at 80,000 pounds to handle the increased weights.
The higher weight limits do not apply to county or local roads unless authorized by the local agency having maintenance authority. Also, higher weights may not be transported on any highways or bridges that are specifically posted for lower weight limits. Further information on weight restrictions and the Frozen Road declaration can be found on the WisDOT Web site at www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/truck/weightrestrictions.htm. Haulers with specific questions can contact WisDOT’s Oversize/Overweight Permits Unit at (608) 266-7320.
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