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Group discusses impact of large farm equipment

STRATFORD, Wis. (WRN) - As agricultural implements get bigger they pose a bigger challenge on Wisconsin’s roadways. Not only from a size perspective but some roads were just not built to handle the weight of today’s equipment.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection convened an Implement of Husbandry (IoH) Study Group made up of 20 individuals representing various transportation and farm organizations, equipment manufacturers, law enforcement, local officials and the University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension.

The group has come up with several options that could lessen the impact on our roads including:· Maximum width of IoH equipment of 15 feet. Equipment up to 17 feet wide may be operated without written authorization when they meet safety requirements to ensure safe passage by other road users.·

Some of the other proposed guidelines:


Maximum width of IoH commercial motor vehicles of 10 feet.· Maximum height of 13 feet 6 inches.Equipment greater than this height may be operated without written authorization. The operator is responsible for ensuring there are no conflicts with overhead obstructions such as wires or structures.·

Maximum length of 60 feet for single IoH equipment; 100 feet for combinations of two IoH; and 70 feet for a combination of three IoH.·

Expanding the weight allowance for IoH up to 15 percent over the limits established by the Federal Bridge Formula, except where posted or during spring thaw.

Those options will be the topic of five town-hall meetings around the state to explain the options, answer questions and gather comments. The remaining meetings will be:·

August 28 – Cashton Community Hall, 8111 Main Street, Cashton·

August 29 – WisDOT Northeast Region Office, 1940 West Mason Street, Green Bay·

September 3 – Chippewa County Courthouse Large Assembly Room, 711 North Bridge Street, Chippewa Falls

All of the meetings, co-hosted by the University of Wisconsin Extension, will take place from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like more information or to comment, contact Rory Rhinesmith, Deputy Administrator, Division of Transportation System Development at (608) 267- 7111.

Written comments regarding the project can be mailed to Mr. Rhinesmith, WisDOT, 4802 Sheboygan Avenue, Room 451, PO Box 7910, Madison, WI 53707-7910.