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Effective Friday, frozen road declaration ends, Spring Thaw, Class II road restrictions in effect for all zones except far northern Wisconsin

March 20, 2014

Spring thaw restrictions expanded to include Zones 2 through 5

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has announced that effective Friday, March 21 at 12:01 a.m., the frozen road declaration ends and Spring Thaw and Class II road restrictions will be expanded to include Zones 2 and 3 (spring thaw restrictions for Zones 4 and 5 were announced last week). The only region remaining under the frozen road law is Zone 1 north of US 8 in far northern Wisconsin. An announcement regarding Zone 1 will be made when weather conditions warrant.

Class II roads include about 1,400 miles of state highways susceptible to damage from heavy trucks during the spring thaw period as frost leaves the ground. More information regarding Class II roadways and roadway postings can be found on WisDOT’s website.

Declaration of Spring Thaw also means suspension of most divisible load overweight permits. Information on overweight permits can be found online. A recorded message with information on road restrictions is available by calling (608) 266-8417.

County highways, town roads, and city and village streets may also be posted or limited to legal load limits or less. Decisions to place or lift weight restrictions on those roads are up to local units of government.

For more information, contact:
Michael Sproul, WisDOT Bureau of Highway Maintenance
(608) 266-8680,



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