Fort McCoy News Nov. 11, 2016

Police to remove Main Gate traffic cones

The Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) will cease placing traffic cones on the outbound lanes at the Main Gate at the end of the duty day starting Nov. 13.

The cones have been set out from 2:30 to 6 p.m. to reinforce Wisconsin law on proper positioning and method of turning at intersections, said Sgt. David Hansen, Fort McCoy's traffic sergeant. Officers will be watching for traffic violations after the cones are removed.

For a right turn, Wisconsin Statute 346.31(2) states: "Both the approach for a right turn and the right turn shall be made as closely as practicable to the right-hand edge or curb of the roadway."

For a left turn, Wisconsin Statute 346.31(3)(a) states: "The approach for a left turn shall be made in the lane farthest to the left which is lawfully available to traffic moving in the direction of travel of the vehicle about to turn left. Unless otherwise marked or posted, this means the lane immediately to the right of the center line or center dividing strip of a two-way highway and the lane next to the left-hand curb or edge of the roadway of a one-way highway."

Wisconsin Statute 346.31(3) (c) states: "A left turn shall be completed so as to enter the intersecting highway in that lane farthest to the left which is lawfully available to traffic moving in the direction of the vehicle completing the left turn. Unless otherwise marked or posted, this means the lane immediately to the right of the center line or center dividing strip of a two-way highway and the lane next to the left-hand curb or edge of the roadway of a one-way highway."

These laws apply to all turns made while driving both on and off the installation, Hansen said.

"The easiest way to look at these laws is that you need to turn from the proper turn lane onto the lane closest to you that runs in the direction you wish to go," Hansen said. "From there, you can make a legal lane change to get into the lane you wish to be in, and always remember to signal your intended turns."

The only exceptions are directions given by an official sign or traffic control officer. Their instructions supersede the above listed laws. For more information, call DES at 608-388-2044.

   (Article prepared by the Directorate of Emergency Services.)