By Bob Meyer – Brownfield Ag News
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection are scheduling another public meeting regarding proposed changes to the Implements of Husbandry (IoH) rules in Wisconsin. Besides the September 3rd meeting in the Chippewa County Courthouse, they will now hold a meeting on September 4th at the Conference Center in Belmont. Both meetings are scheduled to run from 7 to 8:30 pm and will include an explanation of the proposed changes and a question-and-answer period.
A 20-member task force made up of agriculture, transportation, equipment manufacturers, law enforcement, local municipalities and U.W. Extension came up with a plan to put practical limits on the weight and width of farm implements travelling on roadways.
Some of the group’s recommendations include:
*Maximum width of IoH equipment of 15 feet. Equipment up to 17 feet wide may be operated without written authorization when they meet safety requirements to ensure safe passage by other road users.
*Maximum width of IoH commercial motor vehicles of 10 feet.
*Maximum height of 13 feet 6 inches. Equipment greater than this height may be operated without written authorization. The operator is responsible for ensuring there are no conflicts with overhead obstructions such as wires or structures.
*Maximum length of 60 feet for single IoH equipment; 100 feet for combinations of two IoH; and 70 feet for a combination of three IoH.
*Expanding the weight allowance for IoH up to 15 percent over the limits established by the Federal Bridge Formula, except where posted or during spring thaw.
Written comments will also be accepted by the DOT through September 8th.