EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Dave Veith with the Wisconsin DOT was one of many on Tuesday that spoke to a packed room of farmers, elected officials, and anybody that wanted to talk about a growing problem: farm equipment that keeps getting bigger and roads that are not keeping pace with it.
"We've been talking about weights of vehicles and dimensions of vehicles," Veith said.
A study group recommended increasing weight limits on farm vehicles by 15%, clarifying exactly what a farm vehicle is, and setting new width and length requirements.
"The dimensions right now are pretty open in existing law and we think it's important to have some dimension, so people can plan when people purchase equipment, when manufacturers build equipment, so that it fits within a reasonable envelope on the highway system," Veith added.
He says there is not enough money to re-build all the roads, so a balance has to be found between a town's needs and a farmer's needs.
"We'd like to see what the effect is on the town roads," he said.
Dale Lehner, chairman of the Town of Prairie Lake just outside of Chetek, says it is about stretching dollars for roads.
"There are many measures taken to reduce budgets across the state, across the counties, across towns, so that's all gonna have an effect, so we wanna make sure we're getting our money's worth," Lehner said.
Meanwhile, Paul Fetzer, a farmer, says the width of some machines needed to get the job done has been an issue.
"Manure hauling is a big factor that seems to be what has been a big issue lately, tankering manure to distant fields to apply as fertilizer for our fields," he said.
He too was at the meeting to be part of a conversation and solution.
Veith says the study group will look at the public's input to see if the recommendations should be amended. The group plans to hand over final recommendations to the legislature this fall.