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Frozen road declaration ends statewide

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is ending the frozen road declaration on 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 6 and enacting Spring Thaw and Class II road restrictions 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. More information regarding frozen road declarations, Class II roadways, and roadway postings can be found on WisDOT’s website under “Weight Restriction Programs.”

• Declaration of Spring Thaw also means suspension of most divisible load overweight permits including permit numbers beginning with any of the following two-letter codes:  AC, AG, FF, MI, PB and RF.

Non-divisible load permit restriction: The following permit types are not valid on Class II Highways during spring thaw and may not exceed posted weight on any road or bridge: AA, AP, BH, CS, CM, GG, II, MH, MP, SA, SB, SM, SS and ST. Transportation of liquid milk products under non-divisible permit type AA is also suspended.

County highways, town roads, 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. More information on overweight permits can be found on the WisDOT website by searching under “oversize overweight permits.” Haulers with specific questions can contact WisDOT’s Oversize/Overweight Permits Unit at (608) 266-7320. A recorded message with general information on road restrictions is available by calling (608) 266-8417.

Seasonal weight restrictions take effect at noon March 8 on two state highways

Limits are for parts of WIS 65 in Polk and St. Croix counties and WIS 169 in Ashland County

Pursuant to Wisconsin statutes, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northwest Region is announcing the seasonal posting of weight limits on area state highways. The weight restrictions are 6 tons gross load for single-axle vehicles and 10 tons gross load for tandem-axle vehicles (any two axles under 8 feet apart). The maximum gross weight is 24 tons. School buses and trucks hauling milk, heating fuel and septic materials are exempt from seasonal load limits.

Seasonal weight restrictions will be effective at noon Monday, March 8, 2021, on the following highways:

• WIS 65, St Croix County: From the junction with County H in Star Prairie to the St. Croix-Polk County line.

• WIS 65, Polk County: From the St. Croix-Polk County line to US 8.

• WIS 169, Ashland County: From WIS 13 northeast to the Ashland-Iron County line.

Seasonal weight restrictions are placed on specific highways during the spring thaw period. The restrictions are added to routes that have poor foundations, with the goal of preventing pavement damage from legal-weight loads. In the event of unpredicted cold weather, the postings in each county may be delayed as conditions require and will become effective at the discretion of the state highway engineer.

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