The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has announced that on March 28, the frozen road declaration ended and spring thaw and Class II road restrictions took effect in Zone 1, the area north of U.S. Hwy. 8 in northern Wisconsin. With the announcement, the end of the frozen road law, along with spring thaw and Class II restrictions, is now effective 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 may be found on the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s website, dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/truck/weightrestrictions.htm.
Declaration of spring thaw means suspension of most divisible load overweight permits. Information on overweight permits may be found at dot.wisconsin.gov/business/carriers/osowgeneral.htm. A recorded message with information on road restrictions is available by calling (608) 266-8417.
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.