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Frozen Road Law to Take Effect Statewide Today
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/14/2015

Wisconsin's frozen road law will expand to include numbered state and federal highways within the area designated by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation as Zones 4 and 5. It means that beginning Wednesday, the frozen road law will be in effect statewide.

The frozen road law allows heavier loads for trucks carrying peeled or unpeeled forest products cut crosswise, and 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 depth of at least 18 inches, allowing 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 when the frozen road law is in effect, however, vehicles must be legally licensed at 80,000 pounds to handle the increased weights.

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