News Digest

Road work detours, closures start

Drivers will experience detours and delays as a result of road projects in two different areas of Sheboygan County starting this week.

On State 23, off-ramps to County Y will be closed from through June 10. County Y will be reduced to one lane in each direction. There will also be single-lane closures on State 23 in the west bound direction.

That’s due to 0.23 mile, $2 million project at the State 23/County Y interchange.

The project consists of bridge painting, concrete deck surface repairs, joint repairs and a concrete deck overlay for the County Y bridge over State 23, reconstruction of the on/off ramps at State 23 and County Y interchange, and reconstruction of County Y between the on/off ramps.

This week, traffic control devices will be installed and State 23 eastbound and westbound off-ramp will be closed. Contractor work includes milling asphaltic pavement on southbound County Y and the State 23 off-ramps to County Y, installing storm sewer on the west half of County Y and bridge deck surface and joint repairs on the southbound lanes of County Y. Pavement removal and grading will also begin along with electrical work.

Also this week, the County LS bridge over the Pigeon River in Sheboygan will be closed to traffic.

That’s part of an 18-mile project on County LS that includes Pigeon River Bridge improvement on County LS and the Dairyland Drive bridge in Manitowoc County; relocation of County LS in the town of Mosel; milling, pulverizing and blacktopping; minor intersection work at County LS and Playbird and County LS and Willow Creek.

Traffic heading south on County LS will be detoured on Playbird Road to Dairyland Drive (North 40th Street) to State 42 to North Avenue to North 15th Street (County LS).

The northbound detour will be North 15th Street to North Avenue to Dairyland Drive (North 40th Street) to Playbird Road to North 15th Street/County LS.

Motorists are advised to use caution and remain alert when driving through any work zone.

Drivers are also encouraged to seek information about work zones and detours in the following ways:

For statewide, recorded road construction information, 24 hours a day, call 511.

For statewide road construction on the World Wide Web, visit www.511wi.gov.

All work is weather dependent.

New law on ag vehicles signed

A measure signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker increases weight limits for agricultural vehicles traveling on public roadways, modernizes the definition of so-called “Implements of Husbandry” (IoH), and creates a new class of vehicles – agricultural commercial motor vehicles (Ag CMV).

Senate Bill 509 (Act 377) represents months of comprehensive analysis by an IoH Study Group that included public meetings and input from farmers, law enforcement, ag equipment manufacturers, local officials and others.

“This bill strikes a thoughtful balance between the needs of our agricultural economy and the responsible management of our state and local roads and bridges,” said Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb. “We will continue working closely with our many industry and local government partners including the farm community to implement this law.”

Under the new law, vehicles defined as IoH or Ag CMVs will generally be allowed to operate at weight limits 15% higher than previously allowed unless seasonal or other special weight postings apply. The bill also:

· Sets length and width limits for various ag-vehicles and Ag CMVs;

· Details lighting and marking requirements for IoH;

· Provides local governments flexibility in administering the length and weight limits;

· Prohibits motorists from passing an IoH or Ag CMV in a no-passing zone.

More information regarding the new law can be found on the “Doing Business” section of the WisDOT web site under “Ag Vehicles” (www.dot.wisconsin.gov/business/ag/index.htm).

Law legalizes Ducktona

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Rubber duck races will be legal in Wisconsin under a bill Gov. Scott Walker has signed.

Non-profit organizations often race the little plastic ducks as fundraisers. Participants usually buy a raffle ticket corresponding with a number on a duck’s underside. The first duck to float across the finish line wins.

Duck races in the state include the “Ducktona 500” in Sheboygan Falls and the “Lucky Ducky Derby” in Menomonee Falls.

Republican lawmakers introduced the bill after the state Justice Department warned the village of Mishicot that its annual rubber duck race amounts to illegal gambling.

Walker signed the bill Wednesday.


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