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Trans 254.10(1)(a)1. 1. At the outermost extremity of the foremost edge of the projecting load, an amber lamp visible from the front and side.
Trans 254.10(1)(a)2. 2. At the outermost extremity at the rearmost edge of the projecting load, a red lamp visible from the rear and side.
Trans 254.10(1)(a)3. 3. Any portion of an overwidth load extending beyond the width of the foremost or rearmost edge of the vehicle or load, shall be marked with an amber lamp visible from the front, both sides, and rear.
Trans 254.10(1)(a)4. 4. The overwidth portion of a load measuring 3 feet or less from front to rear, shall be marked with an amber lamp visible from the front, both sides and rear, except that if the overwidth projection is located at or near the rear it shall be marked by a red lamp visible from front, side and rear.
Trans 254.10(1)(b) (b) For a vehicle with a load which extends more than 4 feet beyond the rear of the vehicle:
Trans 254.10(1)(b)1. 1. On each side of the projecting load, 1 red lamp, visible from the side, located so as to indicate maximum overhang.
Trans 254.10(1)(b)2. 2. On the rear of the projecting load, 2 red lamps, visible from the rear, 1 at each side; and 2 red reflectors visible from the rear, 1 at each side, located so as to indicate maximum width.
Trans 254.10(1)(c) (c) All required lamps shall be illuminated whenever a vehicle is operated during hours of darkness. All lamps shall be visible at a distance of 500 feet.
Trans 254.10(2) (2)Warning lamps. When required by a permit, warning lamps shall be operated as follows:
Trans 254.10(2)(a) (a) All amber flashing or revolving warning lamps shall have a reflector at least 6 inches in diameter and shall be bright enough to be clearly visible and attention-attracting at a distance of 500 feet under all conditions when the load is on the highway, except when visibility is obstructed by a hillcrest, a curve, or an object such as another vehicle.
Trans 254.10(2)(b) (b) All warning lamps shall flash at a rate of 30 to 90 times per minute.
Trans 254.10(2)(c) (c) Strobe lamps may be used in lieu of flashing or revolving lamps.
Trans 254.10(2)(d) (d) Warning lamps may not be operated when a vehicle is not operating under the permit.
Trans 254.10(3) (3)Flags.
Trans 254.10(3)(a)(a) When a vehicle, load, or vehicle and load is overlength, a single flag shall be fastened at the extreme rear of the load if the overlength or projecting portion is 2 feet wide or less.
Trans 254.10(3)(b) (b) When a vehicle, load, or vehicle and load is overlength, 2 flags shall be fastened at the rear of the load to indicate maximum width if the overlength or projecting portion is wider than 2 feet.
Trans 254.10(3)(c) (c) When a vehicle, load, or vehicle and load is overwidth, a flag shall be fastened at each front and rear corner of the load. In addition, if any part of the load is more than 4 inches wider than the width of load or vehicle at the front or rear, a flag shall be placed at the widest point of the load.
Trans 254.10(3)(d) (d) Each flag shall be solid red or orange in color, and not less than 18 inches square.
Trans 254.10(3)(e) (e) In order to wave freely, flags shall be securely fastened by at least one corner or securely mounted on a staff.
Trans 254.10(4) (4)Signs.
Trans 254.10(4)(a)(a) When a vehicle, load, or vehicle and load, is more than 10 feet wide or is overlength, 2 warning signs shall be displayed. One sign shall be fastened at the front of the power unit and the other at either the rear of the towed unit or at the rear of the load.
Trans 254.10(4)(b) (b) Each sign shall state, in black letters on a yellow background,“OVERSIZE LOAD," and may not be less than 7 feet long and 18 inches high. The letters of the sign may not be less than 10 inches high with a brush stroke of not less than 1.4 inches.
Trans 254.10(4)(c) (c) The sign message may not be displayed when the vehicle is not operating under the permit.
Trans 254.10 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1990, No. 420, eff. 1-1-91; CR 13-093: r. (5) Register July 2014 No. 703, eff. 8-1-14.
Trans 254.11 Trans 254.11Times of operation.
Trans 254.11(1) (1) Except as otherwise specified in a permit, a vehicle, load, or vehicle and load that is overweight, but not oversize, may operate 24 hours a day, including weekends and restricted-travel holidays.
Trans 254.11(2) (2) Except as otherwise specified in a permit, no oversize vehicle or vehicle combination operating under a permit issued under this chapter may be operated in Columbia, Dane, Milwaukee, Rock, and Waukesha counties between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on any of the following days:
Trans 254.11(2)(a) (a) Sunday.
Trans 254.11(2)(b) (b) Any Friday in the period beginning on the 4th Friday in May and ending on Labor Day.
Trans 254.11(2)(c) (c) Any restricted-travel holiday.
Trans 254.11(2)(d) (d) The day before any restricted-travel holiday, except July 3 if that day falls on a Saturday.
Trans 254.11(3) (3) In addition to the conditions provided in sub. (2), no oversize vehicle or vehicle combination operating under a permit issued under this chapter and that exceeds 12 feet in width, 1312 feet in height, or 150 feet in length, may operate in any county:
Trans 254.11(3)(a) (a) During the hours of darkness.
Trans 254.11(3)(b) (b) During the period beginning at 12:00 noon on Saturday and continuing until sunrise on Sunday.
Trans 254.11(3)(c) (c) Between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Trans 254.11(3)(d) (d) During the period beginning at 12:00 noon on the day preceding and continuing until sunrise on the day following every restricted-travel holiday.
Trans 254.11(4) (4) In addition to the conditions provided in subs. (2) and (3), no oversize vehicle or vehicle combination may operate on any part of the Milwaukee county expressway system constructed pursuant to s. 59.84, Stats., at the following days and times:
Trans 254.11(4)(a) (a) Monday through Thursday at the following times:
Trans 254.11(4)(a)1. 1. Between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.
Trans 254.11(4)(a)2. 2. Between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Trans 254.11(4)(b) (b) Friday between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.
Trans 254.11(4)(c) (c) Friday or Sunday between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Trans 254.11(4a) (4a)Subsection (4) does not apply to U.S. highway 45 between West Florist Avenue and West Hampton Avenue or to interstate highway 94 between the Waukesha county line and 108th Street.
Trans 254.11 Note Note: 108th Street is also known as Mayfair Road or State Highway 100 at the described location.
Trans 254.11(5) (5) An issuing authority may issue a permit for times other than those specified in sub. (1), (2), (3), or (4), under extraordinary circumstances when, in the opinion of the issuing authority, public health and welfare is better served, and may impose additional conditions to promote the safe operation of the vehicle and load.
Trans 254.11 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1990, No. 420, eff. 1-1-91; am. (4) (intro.), cr. (4a), Register, July, 1991, No. 427, eff. 8-1-91; correction in (4) (intro.) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register June 2005 No. 594; CR 13-093: am. (1), (2) (intro.), r. and recr. (2) (a) to (d), am. (3) (intro.), (b), cr. (3) (c), (d), am. (4) (intro.), r. and recr. (4) (a), (b), cr. (4) (c) Register July 2014 No. 703, eff. 8-1-14.
Trans 254.12 Trans 254.12Route limitations.
Trans 254.12(1) (1) No vehicle, vehicle combination, or load exceeding 16 feet in width may be operated or transported upon any portion of the national system of interstate and defense highways unless the permit contains a special condition authorizing movement with a greater width upon the interstate highway system.
Trans 254.12(2) (2) No permit allowing the dimensions of a vehicle or load to exceed 14 feet in width, 1412 feet in height or 150 feet in length is valid on any part of the Milwaukee county expressway system constructed pursuant to s. 59.84, Stats., except on U.S. highway 45 between West Florist Avenue and West Hampton Avenue and on interstate highway 94 between the Waukesha county line and 108th Street.
Trans 254.12(3) (3) Self-propelled, carry-all scrapers operating under a permit may not be operated on the interstate highway system, the Milwaukee county expressway system, or on U.S. highway 41 between Green Bay and Milwaukee.
Trans 254.12(4) (4) An oversize or overweight vehicle may not be operated on a highway, whether loaded or empty, at any time that the permit is not valid.
Trans 254.12(5) (5) A permit issued by the department for a movement which is partly on the state trunk highway system and partly on other classes of highways is valid only on state highways.
Trans 254.12(6) (6) An issuing authority may issue a permit under extraordinary circumstances when, in the opinion of the issuing authority, public health and welfare is better served, and may impose additional conditions to promote the safe operation of the vehicle. Extraordinary circumstances include, but are not limited to, the construction and repair of the Milwaukee county Freeway System.
Trans 254.12 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1990, No. 420, eff. 1-1-91; emerg. cr. (6), eff. 2-1-05; correction in (2) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register June 2005 No. 594; CR 05-009: cr. (6) Register June 2005 No. 594, eff. 7-1-05; CR 13-093: am. (2) Register July 2014 No. 703, eff. 8-1-14.
Trans 254.13 Trans 254.13Power unit change. In the event of a breakdown or unavailability of the power unit listed on the application and permit, another power unit may be substituted, provided that the make and vehicle identification number, or license number and state, of the substitute power unit are written on the permit. The issuing authority shall be advised by telephone prior to operating the substitute power unit with the oversize load. Changes in the terms of the permit, other than the identification of the power unit, require a written request and a written amendment to the permit authorizing the change. The driver of a vehicle operating under a permit shall have the amended permit in his or her possession prior to the movement of the load.
Trans 254.13 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1990, No. 420, eff. 1-1-91.
Trans 254.14 Trans 254.14Insurance and liability conditions.
Trans 254.14(1)(1) In applying for and accepting a permit, a permittee agrees to:
Trans 254.14(1)(a) (a) Pay any claim for any bodily injury or property damage resulting from operation under the permit for which the permittee is legally responsible.
Trans 254.14(1)(b) (b) Hold the state, its subdivisions, officers, employees and agents harmless from any claim which may arise from operation over public highways under the permit.
Trans 254.14(2) (2) Whether or not insurance, bond, or deposit as set forth in sub. (7) is required, the permittee shall be liable for all damages which any highway or its appurtenances may sustain by reason of any operation under the permit.
Trans 254.14(3) (3) An issuing authority may waive insurance requirements for permits issued to government.
Trans 254.14(4) (4) Where a certificate of insurance is required, no insurer may cancel the certificate of insurance without providing the issuing authority 10 days advance written notice of the cancellation.
Trans 254.14(5) (5) An issuing authority may require a permittee to provide more bodily injury and property damage liability coverage than is set forth in sub. (6).
Trans 254.14(6) (6) The following insurance amounts are required:
Trans 254.14(6)(a) (a) When the permitted load does not exceed 12 feet in width, 1312 feet in height, or 100 feet in length and is not overweight by more than 25%: - See PDF for table PDF
Trans 254.14(6)(b) (b) When the permitted load exceeds the size or weight limitations in par. (a): - See PDF for table PDF
Trans 254.14(7) (7) A permittee shall certify, and may be required to present satisfactory written evidence, that the amount of insurance coverage given in sub. (6), or a bond in a form satisfactory to the issuing authority, will be in effect for the vehicle and load designated in the permit while operating on the public highway, unless this requirement is expressly waived by the issuing authority.
Trans 254.14 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1990, No. 420, eff. 1-1-91.
Trans 254.15 Trans 254.15General conditions and requirements.
Trans 254.15(1)(1) A permittee shall comply with all applicable statutes, ordinances, rules and policies of any state agency or subdivision of the state, unless they are modified by the conditions of the permit.
Trans 254.15(2) (2) When a vehicle operating under a permit is overheight, the permittee shall give prior notice to the owners of overhead wires, cables, or other facilities which may be affected.
Trans 254.15(3) (3) A properly equipped escort vehicle as described in ch. Trans 252 shall accompany a vehicle and load:
Trans 254.15(3)(a) (a) When any part of a vehicle or load extends beyond the left of the roadway centerline on 2-way roadways,
Trans 254.15(3)(b) (b) When any part of a vehicle or load extends beyond the left edge of the right hand lane on highways with more than 2 lanes, or
Trans 254.15(3)(c) (c) On a highway designated in the permit.
Trans 254.15(4) (4) A vehicle and load that does not require an escort vehicle may, when safe, move to the left of the centerline or beyond the left lane line while crossing a bridge or railroad crossing, but only after yielding to all other traffic.
Trans 254.15 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1990, No. 420, eff. 1-1-91.
Trans 254.16 Trans 254.16Special conditions.
Trans 254.16(1) (1) When a load is transported under a permit, the permittee may be required by an issuing authority to provide a traffic officer or flagperson to direct traffic, one or more escorts, or police escorts, or any combination thereof.
Trans 254.16(2) (2) All loads exceeding 16 feet in width shall have one or more properly equipped escorts.
Trans 254.16 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1990, No. 420, eff. 1-1-91; CR 13-093: am. Register July 2014 No. 703, eff. 8-1-14.
Trans 254.17 Trans 254.17Denial, suspension or revocation of permit.
Trans 254.17(1)(1) An issuing authority may deny, suspend, or revoke a permit for good cause, pursuant to s. 348.25 (7), Stats. Grounds for the denial, suspension, or revocation of a permit include:
Trans 254.17(1)(a) (a) Violation of any condition of a permit.
Trans 254.17(1)(b) (b) Preventing an employee of an issuing authority or a law enforcement officer from performing his or her official duties, or interfering with the lawful performance of his or her duties.
Trans 254.17(1)(c) (c) Physically assaulting an employee of an issuing authority or a law enforcement officer while performing his or her official duties.
Trans 254.17(1)(d) (d) Making a material misstatement in an application for a permit.
Trans 254.17(1)(e) (e) Unauthorized alteration of a permit.
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