Wisconsin Department of Transportation
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Governor Walker Authorizes Additional Measures to Prevent Potential Gas and Diesel Shortages

Changes allow transport of heavier loads of petroleum products

By - Sep 9th, 2016 10:19 am
Shell Oil Truck. Photo by Lommer. Released under the GNU Free Documentation License.

Shell Oil Truck. Photo by Lommer. Released under the GNU Free Documentation License. Source

To avoid the potential for gasoline and diesel shortages during the shutdown of the West Shore Pipeline from Milwaukee to Green Bay, the Wisconsin Departments of Transportation (WisDOT) and Administration (DOA) have confirmed an energy emergency exists and have authorized motor carriers to transport overweight loads of petroleum products, such as fuel and oil, effective immediately through November 5, 2016.

This ensures motor carriers are able to travel into and throughout the state so that any potential gasoline and diesel shortages are avoided, as demand is high this time of year with the upcoming harvest season. It will also help businesses continue normal operations.

During the energy emergency, after consultation with DOA, WisDOT has elected to grant to carriers and drivers of commercial motor vehicles in the process of obtaining and transporting petroleum products an exemption from the divisible load limits in state statutes. This exemption authorizes only weights that are not more than 10 percent greater than the gross axle weight and axle combination weight limitations and not more than 15 percent greater than the gross vehicle weight limitations. This waiver does not apply to commercial motor vehicles operating on highways designated as interstates except for the I-39 and I-41 corridors.

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