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Spring Thaw, Class II Road Restrictions Take Effect Today
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/31/2014

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has announced that effective March 31 at 12:01 a.m., the frozen road declaration will end and Spring Thaw and Class II road restrictions take effect in Zone 1--which is anything north of U.S. Hwy. 8. The announcement means that as of today, the frozen road law ends statewide.

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.

Declaration of Spring Thaw also means suspension of most divisible load overweight permits. Because of the Spring Thaw, WisDOT permit numbers beginning with any of the following two-letter codes are suspended until further notice: AC, AG, FF, MI, PB and RF. If the permit number begins with "GG," contact the WisDOT Permit Office at 608-266-7320.

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.

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