Frozen road law takes effect January 4 in far northern Wisconsin
January 3, 2013
Law affects log haulers and transporters of salt or abrasives for roads in Zone 1
Wisconsin's frozen road law takes effect on Friday, January 4 at 12:01 a.m. for the region designated by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) as Zone 1, which includes US 8 and other state and federal numbered highways north of US 8. The frozen road determination for other portions of the state will be made once conditions warrant.
The frozen road law allows heavier loads for trucks carrying peeled or unpeeled forest products cut crosswise (not including woodchips), or salt, sand and other abrasives 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 in Zone 1; 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. Haulers with specific questions can contact WisDOT’s Oversize/Overweight Permits Unit at (608) 266-7320.
For more information, contact:
Michael Sproul, Wisconsin DOT
(608) 266-8680, firstname.lastname@example.org