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La Crosse and Houston Counties release weight restrictions starting March 4

Kaitlyn Riley

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To help preserve roads, La Crosse and Houston Counties announced seasonal weight restrictions will be posted Thursday.

The La Crosse County Highway Department said various County Truck Highway limits will become effective as soon as signs are in place. Those signs will be placed at various intersections.

These weight restrictions are for La Crosse County Trunk Highways only. Any weight restrictions on State, City, and Village, or Town roads are handled by each individual entity. La Crosse County said special concessions may be made in emergency situations on a case-by-case basis through the issuance of single trip permits.  The seasonal weight restrictions for La Crosse County highways are as follows:

Total Number of AxlesMaximum Gross Weight
Two Axles8 Ton (16,000 lbs.)
Three or More Axles (Straight Truck)13 Ton (26,000 lbs.)
Combination Vehicles (Tractor & Trailer) 18 Ton (36,000 lbs.)
La Crosse County Weight Restrictions

More information about weight restrictions in La Crosse County including a map of the restricted roads can be found online. Commissioner Ronald Chamberlain said weight restrictions will be in place until highways regained their strength and the frost dissipated. Notice will be posted when the seasonal weight restrictions are removed.

In Houston County, the Department of Transportation said load restrictions will also be enforced as per highway posting. On County Highways, town roads, or city streets not posted, the weight on any single axle cannot exceed 5 tons on an unpaved road and 10 tons on a paved street or highway.

Houston County said the purpose of spring load restrictions is to prevent premature failure of roads and to protect taxpayer’s investments. More information about Houston County spring load restrictions can be found online.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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