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Heavier farm equipment may be allowed on Wisconsin roads

MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Wisconsin farmers could drive heavier equipment on the state's roadways, under a bill the Senate approved yesterday. The upper house endorsed changes made by the Assembly two weeks ago, and then sent the measure to Governor Scott Walker for his signature.

The bill would increase the gross weight limit for farm equipment to 92,000 pounds, and no more than 23,000 pounds per axle. The bill lets farmers seek permission to exceed the axle limits if necessary for tillage, planting, and harvesting equipment. Towns and counties could local measures to issue no-fee permits on approved routes for those three types of major field operating equipment.

A state task force studied the use of farmers' Instruments of Husbandry, after Marathon County officers gave tickets to manure handlers last year for having overweight equipment on town and county roads.