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MODOT Changes Rules on Weight Limits for Motor Carriers to Aid in Flood Debris Removal

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MO State Highway Patrol
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Heavier loads will temporarily be allowed on some Missouri roadways.  The Missouri Department of Transportation made the change to allow private and for-hire motor carriers to haul up to 10 percent more than their licensed weight to help with debris removal from flood-stricken areas.  The heavier loads are not allowed on interstate highways.

MODOT says overweight permits won’t be required, but all other traffic and motor carrier regulations that normally apply will remain in place.  The 60-day waiver began on Saturday, June 10, and continues through August 9.

According to MODOT, while the waiver is in effect, participating motor carriers are limited to:

  • A loaded, gross weight no greater than ten percent above the gross licensed weight of the commercial motor vehicle;
  • Transport of debris is only allowed from an area directly impacted by flooding within the state of Missouri.
  • When crossing a bridge, the driver must restrict the vehicle speed to no more than 30 miles per hour and must center the truck between two lanes of the bridge. The truck driver must yield to oncoming traffic.