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State's Frozen Road Law Kicks In This Weekend


MADISON (WRN) - The first day of winter is not until Monday – but there’s another sign that the season is settling in. Wisconsin’s annual frozen road law goes into effect Sunday in about the northern half of the state. The law allows trucks to carry heavier logs and winter maintenance items like road salt.

Weight limits for those vehicles are raised from 80,000 pounds to 98,000.

The DOT says the change will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Sunday on numbered state and federal highways from Highway 10 northward. It does not apply on the Interstates, except for I-39. The frozen road law won’t take effect in southern Wisconsin until the weather conditions allow it. It applies until early March, or sooner depending on how early the roads thaw.