|Speed limits on some of Fort McCoy’s remote and
lesser-traveled hard-topped roads will be changing.
Randy Eddy, Fort McCoy Installation Safety Office (ISO) safety manager,
said the speed limit realignment includes increasing the speeds on the
more remote roads from 30 mph to 45 mph for privately owned vehicles and
General Services Administration vehicles. The 30 mph speed limit for
larger, tactical vehicles will remain in place.
New speed limit signs, including
this one on Quarry Hill Road on South Post, are being installed
on a number of hard-topped, remote roads at Fort McCoy. The
signs are being placed on many roads outside the cantonment
area, which are open to public traffic.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) and ISO personnel drove the
routes to assess the traffic and road conditions before making the
recommendations to the garrison commander. Eddy said the garrison
commander requested the study/changes because of the large number of
tickets being issued to drivers on the routes.
“The changes were based on two factors,” Eddy said. “First, the
roads where the speed limits are or will be changed are open to the
public. The state of Wisconsin Rustic Roads regulations sets speed
limits on these roads at 45 mph.”
“Second, it was determined to keep the speed limit for larger,
tactical vehicles at 30 mph because it’s more difficult to control
those vehicles at faster speeds and the personnel driving them may
not be that familiar with driving them,” Eddy said. “People in POVs
can pass the tactical vehicles in these areas, but they should be
The remote roads affected by the changes are those that have been
chip sealed or blacktopped within the past 20 years. Signs denoting
the change already have been posted on Quarry Hill Road, Eddy said.
Eddy said the new speed limits are more realistic to the speeds
personnel were driving on the affected roads. The roads being
changed usually do not have heavy traffic.
The speed limits are being phased in as signs are being posted on
the designated roads.
The next areas scheduled to be posted are Finch Road, which runs
past the wastewater treatment plant, and Lemon Valley Road up to the
East Range Road.
Motorists must adhere to the posted speed limits on a road until
signs are placed or replaced, Eddy said.
Caution signs also will be posted at corners to warn motorists about
The changes do not affect the speed limits in the cantonment area,
Eddy said. Speed limits will remain at 30 mph unless otherwise
posted. Exceptions include a 10 mph speed limit for motorists
passing personnel on roadways. The speed limit also is 10 mph at
Pine View Campground, unless otherwise posted.
A 5 mph speed limit is in effect for parking lots, and a 15 mph
speed limit is in effect for Family housing areas.
For more information about speed limits and other
traffic-enforcement rules at Fort McCoy, call DES at 608-388-4546.