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Travel Time Watch Zones

The following table lists road sections 8 miles or longer on which: the travel times exceed 33% above their historical average or the congestion is heavy. To see a complete list of all travel times, please visit the Travel Time Report.

There are no travel time watch zones in the Travel Midwest region.

Major Incidents

The following table shows major incidents in the Travel Midwest region, those with high severity or durations greater than 90 minutes. You may click on the location to see a map of the event. To see a complete list of all incidents, please visit the Incident Report.

Major Incidents
Location Description Mile Marker Closure Details Status Start Time Estimated End Time Source
EB I-694 at Main St stalled vehicle 36.2 One lane closed, three lanes open Updated 2/26/17 8:23 PM Unknown MnDOT

Major Construction

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Major Construction
Location Mile Marker Severity Closure Details Time Periods Source Description
NB I-39/90/94 from US-51 (+0.1 miles) to WI-19 (+0.1 miles) 132.2 to 130.7 Major Left two lanes closed, one lane open 2/27/17 8:00 PM to 2/28/17 5:00 AM daily until 3/1/17 WisDOT Construction - Detour: no detour
SB I-39/90/94 from WI-19 (-0.2 miles) to WI-19 (+0.3 miles) 130.2 to 130.7 Major Left two lanes closed, one lane open 2/27/17 8:00 PM to 2/28/17 5:00 AM daily until 3/1/17 WisDOT Construction - Detour: no detour
Ramp from NB I-41 to EB WI-100 322.9 Major All lanes closed 11/30/15 12:00 AM to 11/15/17 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - Detour: Take I-94 West to the 84th St Exit; take 84th St South to Greenfield Ave, Greenfield Ave West to Hwy 100; OR, Take I-94 West to the Moorland Rd-South Exit; take Moorland Rd South to Greenfield Ave, Greenfield Ave East to Hwy 100
Ramp from NB I-41 to EB I-94 0.4 Major All lanes closed 2/27/17 12:00 AM to 4:30 AM WisDOT Construction - Detour: Take I-41/894/US 45 North to the National Ave Exit; take National Ave East to 84th St, 84th St North to Kearney St, Kearney St East to the I-94 East Entrance Ramp; OR, Take I-41/894/US 45 North to the Greenfield Ave Exit; take Green
Ramp from NB I-41 to NB WI-100 Major All lanes closed 2/27/17 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM WisDOT Maintenance - Detour: Use alternate route
Ramp from SB I-41 to WB WI-59 0.9 Major All lanes closed 11/12/16 12:00 AM to 6/15/18 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - Detour: Take I-41/US 45 South to the Bluemound Rd Exit; take Bluemound Rd West to Mayfair Rd/Hwy 100, Mayfair Rd/Hwy 100 South to Greenfield Ave; OR, Take I-41/894/US 45 South to the National Ave Exit; take National Ave West to Hwy 100, Hwy
Ramp from EB WI-59 to SB I-41 1.3 Major All lanes closed 11/12/16 12:00 AM to 10/15/17 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - Detour: Take Greenfield Ave West to Hwy 100, Hwy 100 South to National Ave, National Ave East to the I-41/894/US 45 South Entrance Ramp; OR, Take Greenfield Ave West to Hwy 100, Hwy 100 South to Beloit Rd, Beloit Rd East to the I-41/894/US
SB I-75 from I-96 to North Line/Allen Rd (exit 37) 49.1 to 37.3 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 2/4/17 6:00 AM to 11/30/18 6:00 PM MDOT SB I-75 is closed for bridge work. Local traffic can use SB I-75 to access the Ambassador Bridge, Clark Ave, Livernois Ave, and M-85/ Springwells St. All traffic will be required to exit at M-85/ Springwells St (exit 45).
NWB I-90 Express/94 Express (I-90 Express Ln) from Ogden Ave to Montrose Ave Major All lanes and shoulders closed 2/27/17 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM IDOT
SEB I-90 Express/94 Express (I-90 Express Ln) from Montrose Ave to Ogden Ave Major All lanes and shoulders closed 2/27/17 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM IDOT
Ramp from WB I-90 to EB I-290 52.3 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 8/12/16 12:00 AM to 10/31/18 11:59 PM IDOT Work includes bridge demolition, bridge construction, pavement, roadway lighting, pavement marking and signage. Detour: Exit northbound I90/94 at Roosevelt Rd., right on Roosevelt Rd to State St
EB I-94 at Prior Ave 237.7 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 1/28/17 2:36 PM to 11/17/20 11:56 AM MnDOT closed to traffic
Ramp from EB I-94 to NB I-41 304.3 Major All lanes closed 8/15/16 12:00 AM to 5/26/17 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - Detour: Take I-94 East to the STH 164/CTH J Exit; take STH 164/CTH J North to Capitol Dr/STH 190, Capitol Dr/STH 190 East to the I-41/US 45 North Entrance Ramp; OR, Take I-94 East to the Moorland Rd Exit; take Moorland Rd North to Bluemoun
Ramp from EB I-94 to SB WI-181 305.1 Major All lanes closed 12/22/16 12:00 AM to 11/22/17 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - Detour: Take I-94 East to the WIS 100 Exit Ramp; take WIS 100 South to Greenfield Ave, Greenfield Ave East to 84th St; OR, Take I-94 East to the 68th-70th St Exit; take 70th St North to OConnor St, OConnor St West to 84th St
Ramp from WB I-94 to SB I-41 305.0 Major All lanes closed 3/9/15 12:00 AM to 5/6/18 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - Detour: Take I-94 West to the 68th St Exit and proceed straight onto O⿿Connor St; take O⿿Connor St West to 84th St, 84th St South to National Ave; National Ave Southwest to the I-41/894/US 45 South Entrance Ramp; OR, Take I-94 West to t
EB I-290 (Eisenhower Expy) from Halsted St to Canal St 29.8 to 30.2 Major Left lane and left shoulder closed, two or three lanes open 10/10/16 7:00 AM to 6/30/17 11:59 PM IDOT *** Long Term Closure ***
WB I-494 from US-52 to MN-3 (-0.3 miles) 65.3 to 66.0 Major Right two lanes closed, one lane open 2/12/17 4:54 PM to 12/2/20 2:14 PM MnDOT two right lanes blocked
EB US-12 from River Rd to Western Ave Major All lanes closed 2/24/17 6:00 AM to 3/3/17 4:00 PM MDOT Single lane closure for sewer repair. Maximum width is 10 feet and maximum height is 13.5 feet.
EB US-40 from I-70 to Shawnee Rd Major All lanes closed 2/20/17 12:00 AM to 8/31/17 11:59 PM IDOT Expect lane restrictions for roadway improvement.
WB US-40 from Shawnee Rd to I-70 Major All lanes closed 2/20/17 12:00 AM to 8/31/17 11:59 PM IDOT Expect lane restrictions for roadway improvement.
NB US-51 at 1000 (+0.7 miles) 132.0 Major All lanes closed 3/1/16 12:00 AM to 11/16/17 12:00 AM IDOT Bridge closed. Vehicle width restricted to 15' 5".
SB US-51 at 1000 (-0.7 miles) Major All lanes closed 3/1/16 12:00 AM to 11/16/17 12:00 AM IDOT Bridge closed. Vehicle width restricted to 15' 5".
NB US-71 from County Road 187 to 408th St Major All lanes closed 2/15/17 7:00 AM to 2/27/17 10:30 AM MnDOT lane closed
SB US-71 from 408th St to County Road 187 Major All lanes closed 2/15/17 7:00 AM to 2/27/17 10:30 AM MnDOT lane closed
NB US-169 from US-212 to 7th St Major All lanes and shoulders closed 1/23/17 2:30 AM to 10/31/17 11:59 PM MnDOT road closure
NB US-169 at Bren Rd Major All lanes and shoulders closed 1/17/17 5:00 AM to 10/7/17 5:00 PM MnDOT closed
SB US-169 from 7th St to US-212 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 1/23/17 2:30 AM to 10/31/17 11:59 PM MnDOT road closure
SB US-169 at Bren Rd Major All lanes and shoulders closed 1/17/17 5:00 AM to 10/7/17 5:00 PM MnDOT closed
Ramp from SEB IL-13 to EB IL-15 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 9/8/15 12:00 AM to 7/30/17 11:59 PM IDOT Closed to all traffic.
NB M-52 from Peckins Rd (-0.5 miles) to Peckins Rd (-0.2 miles) Major All lanes closed 2/27/17 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM MDOT Expect a single-lane closure with flag control for guardrail installation.
SB M-52 from Peckins Rd (+0.2 miles) to Peckins Rd (+0.5 miles) Major All lanes closed 2/27/17 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM MDOT Expect a single-lane closure with flag control for guardrail installation.
NB IL-53 from Braceville Rd to Center St Major All lanes and shoulders closed 9/26/16 12:00 AM to 8/31/17 11:59 PM IDOT Intersection reconstruction with HMA pavement, earthwork excavation, drainage system improvements and channelization. Detour: Front St (IL-53) and Center St traffic East of the UPRR crossing will be detoured North to IL-113 (Main St) or South to Division St
SB IL-53 from Center St to Braceville Rd Major All lanes and shoulders closed 9/26/16 12:00 AM to 8/31/17 11:59 PM IDOT Intersection reconstruction with HMA pavement, earthwork excavation, drainage system improvements and channelization. Detour: Front St (IL-53) and Center St traffic East of the UPRR crossing will be detoured North to IL-113 (Main St) or South to Division St
EB WI-59 at Miller Park Way Major All lanes closed and both shoulders open 2/27/17 10:00 PM to 2/28/17 4:00 AM daily until 3/3/17 WisDOT Permit - 2 left turn lane @HWY 59 and Miller Pkwy heading NB onto Miller Pkwy/I94
NB IL-97 from Knox Highway 17 (-0.5 miles) to Knox Highway 17 Major All lanes closed 1/30/17 12:00 AM to 2/27/17 11:59 PM IDOT Closed to all traffic.
SB IL-97 from Knox Highway 17 to Knox Highway 17 (+0.5 miles) Major All lanes closed 1/30/17 12:00 AM to 2/27/17 11:59 PM IDOT Closed to all traffic.
Ramp from NB I-41 to WI-100 Major All lanes and shoulders closed 11/30/15 12:00 AM to 11/15/17 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - Detour: Take I-94 West to the 84th St Exit; take 84th St North to Bluemound Rd, Bluemound Rd West to Mayfair Rd/Hwy 100; OR, Take I-94 West to the Moorland Rd-North Exit; take Moorland Rd North to Bluemound Rd, Bluemound Rd East to Mayfair
EB IL-116 at 600 East Rd (+0.4 miles) Major All lanes and shoulders closed 6/15/16 12:00 AM to 7/29/17 11:59 PM IDOT Bridge closed.; The marked detour route includes IL 115, US 24 and I-57.
WB IL-116 at 600 East Rd (-0.4 miles) Major All lanes and shoulders closed 6/15/16 12:00 AM to 7/29/17 11:59 PM IDOT Bridge closed.; The marked detour route includes IL 115, US 24 and I-57.
NEB IL-129 from Braceville Rd to Reed St Major All lanes and shoulders closed 9/26/16 12:00 AM to 8/31/17 11:59 PM IDOT Intersection reconstruction with HMA pavement, earthwork excavation, drainage system improvements and channelization. Detour: Front St (IL-53) and Center St traffic East of the UPRR crossing will be detoured North to IL-113 (Main St) or South to Division St
SWB IL-129 from Reed St to Braceville Rd Major All lanes and shoulders closed 9/26/16 12:00 AM to 8/31/17 11:59 PM IDOT Intersection reconstruction with HMA pavement, earthwork excavation, drainage system improvements and channelization. Detour: Front St (IL-53) and Center St traffic East of the UPRR crossing will be detoured North to IL-113 (Main St) or South to Division St
NB WI-181 from Sheridan Ave (-0.1 miles) to Carmen Ave Major All lanes closed and both shoulders open 2/20/17 12:00 AM to 10/8/17 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - N 76th St, City Milwaukee | Grantosa Dr - Florist Ave | STH 181 | MILWAUKEE
SB WI-181 from Carmen Ave to Leon Ter Major All lanes closed and both shoulders open 2/20/17 12:00 AM to 10/8/17 11:45 PM WisDOT Construction - N 76th St, City Milwaukee | Grantosa Dr - Florist Ave | STH 181 | MILWAUKEE
NEB IL-229 from US-34 to South St Major All lanes closed 2/1/17 12:00 AM to 5/1/17 11:59 PM IDOT Expect lane restrictions. Vehicle weight restricted to 20 tons.
SWB IL-229 from South St to US-34 Major All lanes closed 2/1/17 12:00 AM to 5/1/17 11:59 PM IDOT Expect lane restrictions. Vehicle weight restricted to 20 tons.
NB and SB M-139 at Garland Ave in Berrien Springs Major All lanes closed 2/27/17 6:00 AM to 3/3/17 6:00 PM MDOT Expect single-lane closures for traffic signal replacement.
NB and SB M-139 at Garland Ave in Berrien Springs Major All lanes closed 2/27/17 6:00 AM to 3/3/17 6:00 PM MDOT Expect single-lane closures for traffic signal replacement.
SB Dan Ryan from 87th St to I-57 / Bishop Ford (I-94) 61.8 to 62.9 Major Left two lanes and left shoulder closed, three lanes open 2/26/17 11:59 PM to 2/27/17 6:00 AM IDOT
WB Eisenhower Expy from Wells St to Halsted St 30.5 to 29.8 Major Left two lanes and left shoulder closed, one or two lanes open 10/10/16 7:00 AM to 6/30/17 11:59 PM IDOT *** Long Term Closure ***

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   Intermittent Lane Closures on I-70 from Prairie Road to Baumann Road

The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced there will be intermittent lane closures in each direction on I-70 from Prairie Road (mile post 26) to Baumann Road (mile post 33) near Highland beginning Wednesday, March 1, 2017, weather permitting. These lane restrictions will be necessary to make repairs to the pavement. Traffic will be maintained utilizing message boards, flaggers, signs and other traffic control devices. This work is expected to be completed by the end of March 2017.

All lanes will be open to peak hour traffic during the following times:

Eastbound I-70: Monday through Thursday - 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Westbound I-70: Monday through Friday - 6:00 A.M. to 8:00 A.M.

Eastbound and Westbound I-70: Fridays - 12:00 P.M. to 12:00 A.M.

The contractor on this project is Kilian Corporation/Keeley & Sons, Inc., Joint Venture, of Mascoutah, IL. John Adcock is the Supervising Field Engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation in the area. If you have any questions concerning this project, you may contact him at 618-346-3352.

Additional information is available at http://stl-traffic.org.

For IDOT District 8 updates on Twitter, follow us at http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict8.

2/23/2017 9:05 AM

   Replacement of Kohlsville River Bridges Along I-41 To Continue

Traffic split along I-41 southbound to be implemented

Beginning Monday, February 27, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is scheduled to resume work on the reconstruction of the new bridges along I-41, over the Kohlsville River, in Washington County.
 
Last year, initial work involved partial bridge construction and temporary pavement widening of I-41 to prepare for temporarily splitting traffic and utilizing a median crossover. That traffic split is now going into effect for both lanes of I-41 southbound. To maximize traffic flow in the area, both lanes of I-41 southbound will be open to traffic with one lane crossing over to the northbound roadway and the other remaining on the southbound roadway. This traffic split is scheduled to handle traffic in its final configuration on Wednesday, March 1. To allow for the new lane configuration, the I-41 southbound exit ramp to County D will be temporarily closed for the day on Wednesday, March 1.
 
Once the ramp closure is lifted, those looking to access the County D exit ramp from I-41 southbound should stay in the right lane. Please note that both lanes heading northbound will still be open to traffic.
 
This traffic pattern will be in place from late February to late June, 2017.
 
To implement this traffic pattern safely, work zone speeds will be adjusted to 55mph. Wisconsin State Patrol will be enforcing these speeds in the area.
 

 

This image is a representation of signage out on the project. 

These tips can help you get in and out of a work zone safely: 

  • Don’t fool around. Eliminate distractions like eating, drinking, talking on the phone, or fiddling with electronic devices.
  • Give yourself room. Rear-end collisions are the most common work zone crashes, so don’t tailgate.
  • Be patient. If you don’t see workers, that doesn’t mean they’re not there. Observe the signs until you see one that says you’ve left the work zone.
  • Follow the law. Slow down and move over, if possible, when you see flashing lights.

More information about the project can be found on 511 Wisconsin at http://projects.511wi.gov/41kohls/.

2/20/2017 5:15 PM

   Lane Restrictions For The Week of February 20, 2017

Motorists should be aware of the following on-going closures:
 
JERSEY COUNTY

  • IL-3 from Grafton Hills Road to IL 109 near Grafton one lane restricted to perform widening, box culvert extensions and resurfacing through December 2017. (JA)

MADISON COUNTY

  • Hawthorne Avenue closed in both directions to all traffic between IL-3 and Old St. Louis Avenue in Hartford from February 13, 2017 to April 15, 2017 to replace a collector manhole for the Wood River Levee District Pump Station. Signed detours will be in place directing motorists to alternate routes. (Ops)
  • IL-3/111 (Homer Adams Parkway) at Golf Road, lane restrictions to construct intersection and drainage improvements for the proposed Alton Multimodal Facility through June 2017. (Ops)
  • IL-4, St. Jacob, structure over the East Fork of Silver Creek approximately 0.7 mile north of US-40, reduced to one-way traffic with width restrictions in place and temporary traffic signals for the remainder of construction through spring 2017. (SEP)
  • SIU Northern Access Road over Cahokia Creek between IL-143 and New Poag Road will be reduced to one lane for approximately one month. At that time, the northbound and southbound lanes will both be reduced to one lane for the remainder of the project to repair the surfaces of both bridges through fall 2017. (JA)

ST. CLAIR COUNTY

  • I-55/64 westbound, between 3rd Street and Tudor Avenue, the right lane remains closed through spring 2017. Throughout the duration of this work, one lane of traffic will be closed at all times leaving two lanes open for traffic to construct a new ramp that will connect eastbound traffic from the Martin Luther King Bridge to westbound I-55/64. (JGG)
  • I-64, from the Green Mount Road interchange to the IL-4 interchange, eastbound and westbound daily and nightly lane restrictions to add additional lanes to I-64 and construct a new interchange at Rieder Road through June 2017. All westbound lanes, west of IL-158, will remain open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM and all westbound lanes, east of IL-158, will remain open from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. All eastbound lanes, west of IL-158, will remain open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 AM and from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM and all eastbound lanes, east of IL- 58, will remain open from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. (SEP)
  • IL-13 under IL-15, Belleville, closed to all traffic through spring 2017. (SEP)
  • IL-15 bridges over IL-13, Belleville, one lane closed in each direction of bridges through spring 2017. (SEP)
  • IL-157 at IL-161/St. Clair Avenue, the bridge carrying IL-157 over IL-161/St. Clair Avenue has one lane in each direction open, including all ramps. Work will continue throughout the winter, and all four lanes will be opened in the spring of 2017. (JGG)
  • Rieder Road, from US-50 to Wherry Road, closed except to local traffic to reconstruct Rieder Road and construct a new interstate interchange with I-64 through mid-May 2017. (SEP)
2/17/2017 1:39 PM

   Spring Weight Restrictions Update

Updated Spring Weight Restrictions Bulletin List:

Effective 8 AM Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 weight restrictions will be imposed and enforced on all state trunk line highways within the entire State of Michigan now including the upper peninsula.

State trunkline highways typically carry M, I, or US designations.

Weight restriction information and updates may be obtained by calling 1-800-787-8960.

- On routes designated as "All Season Routes" (green or gold on the MDOT Truck Operators Map) there will be no reduction in legal axle weight.

- On routes designated as "Seasonal" (solid or dashed red on the MDOT Truck Operators Map) there will be a weight reduction of 25% for rigid pavements and 35% for flexible pavements.

Extended permits will be valid for oversize only in the weight restricted area.

Single trip permits will not be issued for overweight loads or loads exceeding 14 feet in width, 11 axles and 150 feet in overall length in the weight restricted area.

Detailed Weight Restriction information may be obtained by linking to www.michigan.gov/truckers.

Please refer to the MDOT Truck Operator's Map for route designations.

 

Spring Weight Restrictions:
http://mdotjboss.state.mi.us/APSWB/SWBHome.htm?bulletin=weight

2/14/2017 2:26 PM

   Whiteside County Vehicular Weight Restrictions

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that postings to restrict the allowable gross vehicular weights will go into effect on the following roads in Whiteside County effective February 14, 2017:

Garden Plain Road ----------------------- 5 tons per axle (westbound lane only)
Freeport Road ----------------------- 11 tons

Depending upon the weather, the postings will be lifted on or before May 1, 2017.

2/14/2017 8:29 AM

   Southbound I-75 Detroit To Downriver

COUNTY:
Wayne
COMMUNITIES AFFECTED:
Detroit, Melvindale, River Rouge, Lincoln Park, Allen Park, Taylor, Southgate, and Brownstown Township

START DATE:
Weekend of Feb. 4, 2017

ESTIMATED END DATE:
Late 2018

PROJECT DETAILS:
Southbound I-75 will be closed from Detroit to Downriver in less than three weeks. This closure is part of the Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) approximately $200 million investment in major repairs over a two-year period.

The detour begins at I-96 in Detroit to Northline Road in 2017; during 2018, the detour will be from I-96 to Sibley Road. Only southbound I-75 will be closed during the two-year period while northbound I-75 will remain open at all times.

The project includes:

  • Removing and replacing all concrete on the I-75 Rouge River bridge, the largest concrete surface in Michigan (approximately 20 football fields).
  • Replacing concrete on the I-75 bridge at Fort Street, south of Springwells Road.
  • Removing the Goddard Street bridge over I-75 and replacing it with two smaller bridges.
  • Repairing 13 other bridges along I-75 through the Downriver communities.
  • Adding intelligent transportation system (ITS) equipment. ITS includes a combination of electronic, telecommunication and information technology MDOT uses to improve safety and travel times on the transportation system.

The decision to close one direction of I-75 is based on multiple factors, including:

  • Speed: Rebuilding one side of the bridge at a time without traffic present will result in the project being completed in the shortest amount of time.
  • Cost: The shorter project duration resulting from rebuilding one side of bridge at a time will result in the lowest overall project cost.
  • Safety: If the bridge was constructed in sections with both directions of traffic sharing one side, there wouldn't be adequate room for emergency crews to respond to incidents on the bridge.
  • Mobility: Maintaining limited two-way traffic on one side of freeway would cause back-ups in both directions, as opposed to one direction. 
  • Quality: Rebuilding one side of the bridge at a time will allow construction to proceed without interruption since there will be no need to maintain traffic. The decreased vibrations from nearby traffic will result in the best quality workmanship.
  • Duration: By closing southbound I-75, construction activity will move faster since not as much time and effort will be needed to shift traffic.

Motorists will see signs announcing the closure along I-75 to allow residents, businesses, and drivers plenty of time to prepare alternate routes. Detours and details can be found at the project website, www.75rougeriver.com.

The detour route is southbound I-75 to westbound I-96, then southbound I-275 to southbound I-75 in Monroe. Other alternate routes include I-94, M-85 (Fort Street), Jefferson Avenue, and Dix Highway.

1/31/2017 2:37 PM

   Changes Allow Transport of Heavier Loads of Petroleum Products

To avoid the potential for gasoline and fuel shortages during the shutdown of the West Shore Pipeline from Milwaukee to Green Bay, Governor Scott Walker has issued Executive Order 227 and declared an energy emergency continues to exist within the northeast region. As a result, the Wisconsin Departments of Transportation (WisDOT) and Administration (DOA) have extended authorization of motor carriers to transport overweight loads of petroleum products, such as fuel and oil, effective Jan. 29, 2017 through Feb. 27, 2017.

Motor carriers providing relief to the affected area are able to travel into and throughout the state so that any potential gasoline and fuel shortages are avoided during the high demands of the winter season. These resources will also help businesses continue normal operations. This exemption authorizes only weights that are not more than 10 percent greater than the gross axle weight and axle combination weight limitations and not more than 15 percent greater than the gross vehicle weight limitations. This waiver does not apply to commercial motor vehicles operating on highways designated as interstates except for the I-39 and I-41 corridors.

1/30/2017 11:31 AM

   Frozen Road Law Takes Effect in Northern Half of Wisconsin on Thursday -- Law Affects Log Haulers and Transporters of Salt or Abrasives in Zones 1 and 2

Wisconsin's frozen road law takes effect Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. for the regions designated by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) as Zones 1 and 2 – roughly the northern half of the state. The declaration applies to all numbered state and federal highways. The law does not apply to Interstate highways except to portions of I-39 and I-41 as specified in state law (348.01(2)(bc) and (bd). The frozen road determination for the remaining portions of the state will be made once conditions warrant.

The frozen road law allows heavier loads for trucks carrying peeled or unpeeled forest products cut crosswise (not including woodchips), and salt and sand for winter maintenance until approximately early March, unless thawing necessitates an earlier cancellation of the provision or continued cold weather allows for an extension of the declaration period.

The declaration is issued once the ground under highway pavement is frozen to a depth of at least 18-inches, allowing the maximum gross weight for trucks hauling logs or salt and sand for maintaining roads in winter to go up to 98,000 pounds on vehicles with a minimum of five axles (from the normal 80,000 pounds). Special permits for hauling the increased weights are not required in Zones 1 and 2, however, vehicles must be legally licensed at 80,000 pounds to handle the increased weights. The higher weight limits do not apply to county or local roads unless authorized by the local agency having maintenance authority. Also, higher weights may not be transported on any highways or bridges specifically posted for lower weight limits.

WisDOT and county highway personnel monitor temperature forecasts, along with frost tubes – liquid-filled devices under pavement – to help determine when roads are adequately frozen to accommodate heavier loads. Further information can be found on the WisDOT website and by checking a recorded message on the Frozen Road Hotline at (608) 266-8417. Haulers with specific questions can contact WisDOT’s Oversize/Overweight Permits Unit at (608) 266-7320.

12/21/2016 12:51 PM

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