By Paul Schmitt
In an effort to avoid a potential gasoline and fuel shortage during the West Shore Pipeline shutdown between Milwaukee and Green Bay, the Wisconsin DOT are allowing petroleum carriers to transport overweight loads another month in the northeast region of the state. Governor Scott Walker extended the original Executive Order 227 which declared an energy emergency last month through February 27 now. Wisconsin State Patrol Captain Brian Ausloos says future weather will determine if any further extension is needed as motor carriers continue to meet the higher winter demands for fuel.
The exemption for motor carriers of fuel is for weight and axle combination weight limits and not more than 15 percent greater than the gross vehicle weight limitations, according to Ausloos.