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Monday, March 7, 2016

Frozen road declaration ends Tuesday; Spring Thaw, Class II road restrictions take effect statewide

MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is announcing that effective Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 12:01 a.m., the frozen road declaration will end, and Spring Thaw and Class II road restrictions will go into effect in Zones 1 and 2. It means that beginning Tuesday, the frozen road law ends, and spring road restrictions will be in effect 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 Class II roadways and roadway postings can be found on WisDOT's website by looking under "Weight Restriction Programs."

Declaration of Spring Thaw also means suspension of most divisible load overweight permits throughout the state. Permit numbers beginning with any of the following two-letter codes will be suspended until further notice: AC, AG, FF, MI, PB and RF. If the permit number begins with "GG", please contact the WisDOT Permit Office at (608) 266-7320. During Spring Thaw, liquid milk product may not be transported overweight under the non-divisible load permit beginning with AA. More information on overweight permits can be found on the WisDOT website by searching under "oversize overweight permits." A recorded message with information on road restrictions is available by calling (608) 266-8417. If the permit is for a no-fee Implement of Husbandry (IoH) or an Agricultural Commercial Motor Vehicle (Ag CMV), contact the governmental jurisdiction that issued the permit. For permits issued by WisDOT, email questions to AgVehicles@dot.wi.gov<mailto:AgVehicles@dot.wi.gov>.

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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