A new law aimed at making roads safer takes effect in northern Wisconsin Friday.
Under the "Frozen Road Law", truck drivers can carry heavier loads of peeled or unpeeled forest products cut crosswise, and salt and sand for winter maintenance for a period of time, which is determined by weather conditions.
Wisconsin's Department of Transportation and county highway personnel will monitor temperatures, to help determine when roads are properly frozen to accommodate heavier loads.
This new law includes U.S. Highway 8, and all other numbered state and federal highways north of that.
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.
Special permits for hauling the increased weights are not required in Zone 1, 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.