Wisconsin Truck Size and Weight Study

The Wisconsin 2007 Assembly Bill 238 requires the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to conduct a comprehensive study to review the system of motor vehicle weight limits on Wisconsin's highways and bridges. Laws regarding allowable weight limits, lengths, and widths of commercial motor vehicles are designed to ensure safe vehicle operation on Wisconsin's roadways and to preserve the state's investment in highway and bridge infrastructure. Federal laws govern limits on the Interstates and other selected state highways. Truck size and weight (TS&W) laws affect the cost of transportation for Wisconsin's freight shippers and carriers. At the same time, studies have documented the impacts of heavily loaded and overloaded trucks on pavement surfaces and bridge structures. In light of changing patterns of economic growth and logistics, continued increases in truck traffic, and numerous requests for changes to laws, it has become apparent that a comprehensive review of Wisconsin's state TS&W laws is needed.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This research was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE)

    University of Wisconsin, Madison
    1415 Engineering Drive, 2205 Engineering Hall
    Madison, WI  United States  53706

    Wisconsin Department of Transportation

    4802 Sheboygan Avenue, P.O. Box 7910
    Madison, WI  United States  53707-7910
  • Authors:
    • Adams, Teresa M
    • Bittner, Jason
    • Wittwer, Ernie
  • Publication Date: 2009-6


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Bibliography; Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 299p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01153624
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CFIRE 02-01
  • Contract Numbers: 0072-39-20
  • Created Date: Mar 31 2010 8:57AM