In accordance with Wisconsin State Statute 349.16, the Chippewa County Highway Commissioner may "impose special weight limitations on any such highway or portion thereof which, because of weakness of the roadbed due to deterioration or climatic conditions or other special or temporary condition, would likely be seriously damaged or destroyed in the absence of such special limitations."
Each year, the Chippewa County Highway Department utilizes several frost tubes around the County to monitor roadway frost depths. Temporary weight limitations are placed to protect pavement as the frost leaves the roadbed. The pavement is especially vulnerable during this time when heavy soils beneath the pavement structure have a trapped, saturated layer above the frost.
Weight restrictions and dates will be posted on this page as soon as they are available. Please bookmark this page and be sure to check if the route you wish to travel has any restrictions. We appreciate your cooperation and patience.
Updated 4/6/2020: CURRENT ROAD BAN RESTRICTIONS WILL EXPIRE ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2020.To view the spring weight limitation road map, click here.
(Posted roadways are shown in red.)
Historical Weight Limitations
|YEAR||Limitations in Effect||Limitations Expired|
|2020||March 6, 2020||April 15, 2020|
|2019||March 21, 2019||May 1, 2019|
|2018||March 9, 2018||May 2, 2018|
|2017||February 20, 2017||April 13, 2017|
|2016||March 7, 2016||April 18, 2016|
|2015||March 16, 2015||April 24, 2015|
*NOTE* This chart is not meant to be a prediction nor does it mean that the current year's restriction dates will be relative. The chart simply shows historical data. The duration of weight restrictions is typically about 6 weeks, however the duration may vary each year. There is no maximum amount of time they can be in effect.