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Springtime load limitations

April 2, 2014

Pursuant to Section 349.16 (1) (a) of the Wisconsin Statutes, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northwest Region today announced 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, trucks hauling milk, heating fuel and septic materials are exempt from seasonal load limits in accordance with section 349.16 (3) Wisconsin Statutes.

Seasonal weight restrictions will be effective noon, Thursday, April 3, 2014 on the following highways:

  • WIS 65, St Croix County, junction with County "H" in Star Prairie to St Croix County line
  • WIS 65, Polk County, St. Croix County line to WIS 8

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.

For more information, contact:
Chris Ouellette, WisDOT NW Region Communications
(715) 833-9814,



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