Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Press Release

Governor Walker authorizes additional measures to prevent potential gas and fuel shortages

Changes allow transport of heavier loads of petroleum products

By - Dec 30th, 2016 11:46 am
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To avoid the potential for gasoline and fuel shortages during the shutdown of the West Shore Pipeline from Milwaukee to Green Bay, Governor Walker has issued Executive Order 227 and declared an energy emergency continues to exist within the northeast region. As a result, the Wisconsin Departments of Transportation (WisDOT) and Administration (DOA) have authorized motor carriers to transport overweight loads of petroleum products, such as fuel and oil, effective immediately through January 28, 2017 with the possibility for a 30 day extension through February 27, 2017.

Motor carriers providing relief to the affected area are able to travel into and throughout the state so that any potential gasoline and fuel shortages are avoided during the high demands of the winter season. These resources will also help businesses continue normal operations.

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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