Seasonal weight restrictions take effect at noon March 20 on WIS 169

Release date: March 15, 2023

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northwest Region is announcing the seasonal posting of weight limits on the entire stretch of WIS 169 in Ashland County pursuant to Wisconsin statutes.

Seasonal weight restrictions will be effective at noon Monday, March 20 on the following:

  • WIS 169, Ashland County: WIS 13 in the city of Mellen east to the Ashland-Iron County line.

The weight restrictions are 6 tons gross load for single-axle vehicles and 10 tons gross load for tandem-axle vehicles (any two axles under 8 feet apart). The maximum gross weight is 24 tons. School buses and trucks hauling milk, heating fuel and septic materials are exempt from seasonal load limits.

Seasonal weight restrictions are placed on specific highways during the spring thaw period. The restrictions are added to routes that have poor foundations, with the goal of preventing pavement damage from legal-weight loads. In the event of unpredicted cold weather, the postings in each county may be delayed as conditions require and will become effective at the discretion of the state highway engineer.

​For more information regarding traffic impacts, transportation news and improvement project updates in Wisconsin’s Northwest Region:

For more information, contact:

Christena T. O'Brien, Northwest Region Communications Manager
(715) 833-9814, (715) 828-9471,