The Missouri Department of Agriculture and Missouri Department of Transportation are working together to allow heavier than normal loads of grain throughout the harvest season. According to a new waiver, farmers, private and for-hire motor carriers may carry up to 10 percent more than their licensed weight on Missouri highways without requiring overweight permits. This waiver is in effect through Dec. 31, 2012. All other traffic and motor carrier regulations that normally apply remain in place. It is important to note heavier loads are not allowed on interstate routes. 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 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 and national defense highways - no travel is allowed on Missouri interstate highways or national defense highway routes.
National defense highways in Missouri include: U.S. 65 - between Interstate 70 and U.S. 60 in Springfield, Mo.; U.S. 60 - From U.S. 65 in Springfield to U.S. 63 in Cabool, Mo.; U.S. 63 - From U.S. 60 in Cabool to the Arkansas state line; U.S. 71 - from Kansas City to the Arkansas state line; U.S. 50 and Mo. 23 - From Whiteman Air Force Base to I-470 in Kansas City; Mo. 17 and U.S. 63 - From Fort Leonard Wood to U.S. 60. For more information, visit www.modot.org or call (800) 877-8499.
Source: Missouri Corn Growers