JEFFERSON CITY – Recent heavy rains are hampering farmers’ efforts to harvest a bumper grain crop. As muddy fields dry, Missourians must race to draw grain from the fields and get it to market.
At the request of Richard Fordyce, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced that Missouri grain haulers will be allowed to haul corn, soybeans and other grain crops at heavier than normal weights.
Private and for-hire motor carriers may carry up to 10 percent more than their licensed weight; however, the heavier loads are not allowed to use interstate highways.
Overweight permits are not required for these slightly overweight loads. All other traffic and motor carrier regulations that normally apply remain in place. This waiver is in effect immediately through midnight, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. While the waiver is in effect, participating motor carriers are limited to:
• A loaded, gross weight no greater than ten percent (10%) above the gross licensed weight of the commercial motor vehicle
• Transportation only within the State of Missouri
• Drivers must obey all posted bridge weight limits
• When crossing a bridge, the driver must restrict the vehicle speed to no more than thirty miles per hour (30 mph) and must center the truck between two lanes of the bridge. The truck driver must yield to oncoming traffic, and
• Travel on highways other than Missouri interstate highways. No overweight travel is allowed on Missouri interstate highways.
All travelers are advised to visit the MoDOT Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org for up-to-date road closure information. For more information, call MoDOT Motor Carrier Services at 1-800-877-8499 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Time.
For media calls, contact DeAnne Rickabaugh, MoDOT Motor Carrier Services at (573) 751-7106 or (573) 821-2291; or Chuck Gohring, Assistant Director, MoDOT Motor Carrier Services at (573) 751-7107.
For motor carriers with waiver questions, call MoDOT Motor Carrier Services at 1-800-877-8499.