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Seasonal weight restrictions coming to Monroe County roads

Seasonal weight restrictions coming to Monroe County roads

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Drivers on local roads can soon expect seasonal weight restrictions.

Weight limits on county roads are established by the Monroe County Highway Department each spring when the frozen ground begins to thaw, leaving the roadbed weakened and the highway vulnerable to severe damage from heavy loads. Restrictions are placed in order to protect the structural integrity of the highway and extend the life of the pavement.

Over the past 15 years, the earliest that restrictions have been placed was Feb. 20 (2017), the latest was March 19 (2007). Over the same period, removal of the restrictions ranged from March 31 (2017) to April 29 (2013). In 2020, restrictions were placed March 4 and removed April 6.

The highway department will issue another announcement in advance of the actual dates; however, restrictions may be placed at any time conditions warrant. The restrictions will take effect as soon as signs are posted on the highway.

During the time when restrictions are in place, all vehicles are limited to six tons per any one axle and 10 tons per any two axles under eight feet apart. The highway department strongly encourages drivers to complete any heavy hauling while the ground is still frozen.

The Monroe County Highway Committee has adopted a policy on vehicle weight restrictions and permits that establishes limitations and provides for possible exceptions. A copy of the policy can be found on the highway department's web-page at co.monroe.wi.us.

Requests for exceptions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are subject to a $100 single-trip permit fee. Exceptions are not typically granted for loads that can be reasonably divided, lightened or delayed.

No vehicle, with or without a permit, may exceed the limit posted on a bridge.

For further information, contact the highway separtment at 608-269-8740 or via e-mail at highways@co.monroe.wi.us.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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