Recommendations for farm-equipment use on public roads sent to Capitol

Study group: Report based on feedback from town hall meetings, surveys, emails, letters

Published On: Sep 24 2013 08:46:29 PM CDT

Recommendations for the use of farm equipment on public roads have been submitted to the state Legislature for consideration, according to a release.

The Implements of Husbandry Study Group prepared a report based on feedback from a series of town hall meetings and public input from surveys, emails and letters, according to the release. The report was prepared with the secretaries of the Department of Transportation and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Final recommendations include:

The study group also reported the need to include the Federal Highway Administration and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials in the findings to encourage the development of national standards, according to the release.

Study representatives said they hope to foster additional research where needed and encourage manufacturers to develop more road compatible equipment.

The study group also started examining the size and weight of agricultural equipment and the potential impact it has on public roads and bridges in fall 2012, according to the release.

Over 1,200 attended the town hall meetings and over 150 people, associations and companies express their opinions and shared additional information regarding the preliminary recommendations, according to the release.

The study group, brought together by WisDOT and DATCP, includes representatives from various transportation and farm organizations, equipment manufacturers, law enforcement, local officials and the University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension.