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Chapter 8. Traffic Code

Sec. 8-42. Heavy traffic routes.

(1) Prohibited. No person shall operate any vehicle within the classification of heavy traffic as defined by 349.17(2) Wis. Stats. over any street except those designated in the administrative code of traffic and parking regulations, unless such person has first been issued a permit by the city engineer's office, and such operation shall be limited to such routes, length of time, and other conditions as are set forth in such permit. The city engineer's office shall notify the police department as to the details of any such permit issued. This section shall not be construed as prohibiting the ordinary use of any street for the purpose of obtaining commodities to or from any place of business or residence fronting on such street. For the purpose of this section, the definition of "commodities" shall exclude waste construction materials consisting of fill soil, concrete, bituminous concrete, broken pavement, trees, or brush; and shall also exclude demolition materials including bricks, building stone, wood, masonry, roofing, siding, and plaster.

(2) Special or seasonal weight limits. The director of public works may impose special or seasonal weight limits to prevent injuries to the roadway of any highway, bridge or culvert within the jurisdiction of the city or for the safety of users of such highway, bridge or culvert, and shall be responsible for erecting signs giving notice thereof in accordance with 349.16 Wis. Stats.

(3) Exceptions. This limitation on the weights of vehicles shall not apply to authorized emergency vehicles as defined in 340.01 Wis. Stats. or city-owned motor vehicles while engaged in work off designated heavy traffic routes or to those vehicles providing local service on designated heavy traffic routes.

(4) Penalty. Any person who violates any of the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to the penalty provided in section 1-05 of this Code.

(Code 1982, 7.11; Ord. No. 936, 1, 2, 8-13-2002)