SEASONAL WEIGHT PATROL

Civil Process/Sheriff Sales
Wood County Sheriff's Department

Seasonal Weight Patrol

SEASONAL WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS ENFORCEMENT SUMMARY - 2012:

In the spring of each year, select roads are posted with seasonal weight limits in order to protect the highway infrastructure.  The exact time period each year is weather dependant.  This is a cooperative effort between the Wood County Highway Department, the Wood County Sheriff’s Department, and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.  Most Wood County highways are posted as well as portions of STH 173, STH 54, and many township roads.  The enforcement of these limits is the responsibility of the Wood County Sheriff’s Department.

We currently have four deputies working seasonal weight patrol.  They are:

                           Matt Susa

                          Scott Goldberg

                          Sam Klumb

                          Charlie Hoogesteger

The Wood County Sheriff's Department believes that education and enforcement are the keys to maintaining the highways during this time period.  Companies are advised in advance of the weight season when the road bans go in effect, what roads will they be on, and when they are going to be lifted.  An added benefit to this is that companies can make contact with Wood County Sheriff's Department deputies regarding alternate routes, weight questions, and other related concerns.  Correspondence continues throughout the year with several of these firms.

In 2010 an email database was created with information obtained from trucking companies, this database allows notification to companies as to the start and end of the seasonal weight time. Also posters regarding the seasonal weight limits were placed in area truck stops and the three major truck stops in Black River Falls.  A Wood County Sheriff's Department contact information is included on each of these posters to give a driver with any questions a contact person.  These calls are routed to deputies who work seasonal weights.

Our goal each year is to report fewer citations and improved compliance with these restrictions.  This would mean less wear and tear to our roads when they are most susceptible to damage. Enforcement is done strictly but fairly, whenever an officer is contacted efforts will be made to guide a driver to a non-posted road.  On several occasions drivers that stopped after making a turn were backed out onto a main road and directed to follow the correct routes.

The following chart will show statistics of the last six years for the number of citations written, total fines assessed, and the number of pounds of overweight taken off our roads:

          Year

Pounds Overweight Removed

      Fines Assessed

Number of Arrests

2007

757,240

$83,690.72

32

2008

747,340

$83,611.39

33

2009

920,180

$93,592.63

35

2010

695,280

$64,455.84

27

2011

882,420

$86,628.52

33

2012

735,340

75,607.31

31


The budget for 2012 was $10,000.00.  The total amount spent was $ 9,898.26 and that needs to be billed to the Wood County Highway Department.  Please see the following chart for a six-year history of the budget usage.  

           Year

      Man-hours

          Miles

      Scale Fees

        TOTAL

2007

198 hours

($46.68)

$9,831.92

1215

($.48.5)

$589.28

$103

$9,934.92

2008

178 hours

($52.27)

$9304.06

1191

($.48.5)

$577.64

$100

$9,981.70

2009

156 hours

($58.92)

$9191.52

1271

($.55)

$699.05

$105

$9,995.57

2010

156 hours

($59.51)

$9283.56

1230

($.50)

$615.00

$71

$9,969.56

2011

148 hours

($60.00)

$8880.00

1939

($.51)

$988.89

$131

$9,999.89

2012

132 hour

(67.33)

$8,887.56

1749

($.55)

$970.70

$40

$9,898.26


The Seasonal Weight Program provides a great return for the dollars spent.  As we speak with drivers from around the country there seems to be awareness that Wood County aggressively enforces these weight limits.  We believe this awareness helps contain the number of heavy vehicles on our roads.  Without this education and enforcement we believe the number of trucks would greatly increase.  The benefit to the citizens of Wood County comes with the reduction of damage to these roads.  This adds to the useable life of the roads and extends the time between very expensive rebuilds.  This also means the general motoring public has smoother and safer roads to travel on for longer periods of time.

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