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Taylor County Moves Toward ATV/UTV’s Allowed On County Highways  8/23/18


  Following a lengthy discussion, the Taylor County Highway Committee voted to send a recommendation to the County Board to open all County highways to ATV’s and UTV’s.  This measure would not include state highways.  Much of the discussion centered on where the money would come from to pay for the required signage.  Since the use of ATV’s and UTV’s involves recreation and potential tourists, the committee felt that the county’s powerline impact fund should pay.  Initial estimates of signage costs range from $7,000 to $10,000. 

  The trend of allowing 4 wheelers on town and county highways is catching on.  Adjacent to Taylor County, nearly all roads are open to 4 wheelers in Price and Rusk County.  Interest in Chippewa County is growing.    The state D.O.T. has said no to 4 wheeler operation on state highways.  However cities and villages with speed limits below 35 miles per hour may allow operation of them if they so choose. 

  Will most of Taylor County’s roads be open to ATV’s and UTV’s?  That will be decided at Taylor County’s next county board meeting which is set for October 31st.


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