By Brandon Enroth
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation made the expansion of their “Frozen Road” law official on Sunday. The law pertaining to only northern parts of the state has been expanded to include the remaining parts of the state given the recent dip in temperatures.
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 Wisconsin Department of Transporation released details on how this determination is made across the state.
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 on the frozen road law can be found on the WisDOT website and by checking a recorded message on the Frozen Road Hotline at (608) 266-8417.