JEFFERSON CITY - As Missourians prepare for the Missouri River and adjacent waterways to rise, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced it will allow heavier than normal loads of sand and gravel on selected Missouri highways. 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 routes or national defense highway routes.
Overweight permits will not be required. All other traffic and motor carrier regulations that normally apply remain in place. This waiver is in effect between noon, Thursday, June 9, 2011 and noon, Thursday, June 30, 2011. 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.
· 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.
· Travel on highways other than Missouri interstate and national defense highways - NO TRAVEL IS ALLOWED ON MISSOURI INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS OR NATIONAL DEFENSE HIGHWAY ROUTES.
All travelers are advised to visit the MoDOT Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org for up-to-date road closure information.
MoDOT will also expedite permits and waive normal fees for large and heavy emergency loads as well as registration and fuel tax permits.
Motor carriers who plan to haul loads to flood affected areas that are heavier, wider or longer than normally allowed must request an oversize/overweight permit. Out-of-state carriers that do not hold authority to operate in Missouri can request registration and fuel permits. All of these permits will be issued at no charge and the requests will receive priority service around the clock. Call 1-800-877-8499 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Time. For emergency permits only, call (573) 291-4853 or (573) 291-4517 after these hours.
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