What are the options?

2013 Wisconsin Act 377, enacted in April 2014, sets weight and length limits for IoH and Ag CMV, with specific exemptions, especially in regards to Category B IoH. It also allows local government officials to pass resolutions or ordinances regarding the maximum gross vehicle and axle weight limits for Implements of Husbandry (IoH) and Agricultural Commercial Motor Vehicles (Ag CMVs) operating upon roads under their jurisdiction.

Local authorities have several options, including:

  • Pass no ordinance or resolution if the maintaining authority chooses to allow the Act 377 weight and length limits and exempt to Category B IoH from axle limits on roads under their jurisdiction. At education and outreach programs this has been referred to as Option F.
  • Pass Resolutions or ordinances if the maintaining authority chooses to:
    • Opt In or Option E – Which requires all IoH (including Category B) and Ag CMVs to follow the new IoH/Ag CMV Maximum Weight Limits [§348.15 (3)(g) Wis. Stats.] for both Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) and Axle Weight
    • Totally Opt Out or Option B – Have no weight or length limits for IoH and Ag CMVs operating on roads under their jurisdiction
    • Partially Opt Out I or Option C – Set weight and length limits above those set forth in Act 377 for IoH and Ag CMVs operating on all roads under their jurisdiction
    • Partially Opt Out II or Option D – Designate specific roads under their jurisdiction for over-weight/over-length IoH and Ag-CMV travel
  • Post roads or bridges as they have done prior to Act 377, regardless of passing an ordinance or resolution. All vehicle operators, except those with statutory exemption, are responsible for following seasonal and special postings and any postings on highway roads, bridges or culverts. This is no change to a local governments authority prior to Act 377.

In the absence of an effective date, a resolution or ordinance is effective the date following the adoption of the resolution or ordinance.

For a resolution or ordinance under this subdivision to be effective in any calendar year, the resolution or ordinance must be adopted on or before January 15 of that calendar year or in a prior year. A resolution or ordinance adopted under this subdivision shall be valid for at least one calendar year.

Wis. Stat. s. 348.15(9)(f)2.c. provides that each municipality or county that designates highways under Wis. Stat. s. 348.15(9)(f)2.a. must forward a copy of the resolution or ordinance to WisDOT for publication on the department’s Internet site. Copie of ordinances or resolutions may be found at the WisDOT website http://www.dot.state.wi.us/business/ag/localgov.htm

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