MODOT Waives Weight Limits

St. JOSEPH,  Mo –  Gov. Jay Nixon Wednesday announced the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) will allow heavier than normal truck loads of farm goods on Missouri highways.

The agreement comes at a time of the harvest season when heavy rains impacted negatively farmers’ abilities to move crops from the fields.

“Many farmers are seeing record harvests this year,” Nixon said at a visit to St. Joseph animal nutrition company BioZyme, Inc. “But heavy rains over the last few weeks are making it harder for them to get these valuable crops out of the fields.”

While the waiver is in effect, farmers, private and for-hire motor carriers may carry up to 10 percent more than their licensed weight, a release from Nixon’s office states.

The waiver is in effect for the next 60 days, the release indicated.

However, motor carriers are limited to a loaded, gross weight no greater than 10 percent more than the licensed weight of the commercial motor vehicle; transport of commodities from farm to another facility, transportation between facilities and empty returns on non-interstate highways; a 30 mph speed limit while crossing bridges, and the operator must center the truck between two lanes of the bridge and yield to oncoming traffic, according to the release.

“Agriculture is the backbone of Missouri’s economy,” Nixon said. “Today’s action once again demonstrates our commitment to supporting our farm families as they continue to feed, fuel and clothe the world.”

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Journalist Steve Hankins is the latest addition to the SEMO Times family. Steve is an award-winning writer and a 1999 graduate of Missouri State University at Springfield.He wrote professionally for a number of publications, including The Mississippi Rag, the Nation's Voice for Jazz and Ragtime Music; The Branson Tri-Lakes Daily News; The Jonesboro Arkansas Sun; and the Daily Dunklin Democrat at Kennett, Mo. As a Sun staff writer, Steve was awarded first place by Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors for a community service series that explored the state's methamphetamine issue. While at Missouri State, Steve earned The Quill and Scroll Award, the sole honor bestowed by the university annually for excellence in journalism. As a student, he served as music editor for The Free Press of the Ozarks, a tabloid newspaper published at Springfield, Mo. Steve earned a bachelor of science in communication with an emphasis in journalism and minored in creative writing while at Missouri State. He is the son of Malden's Lloyd Elmer and Alice Mae Hankins and lives at Malden with wife Angela; nine-year-old twin daughters Emmalee Jane and Alice Ray; and six-year-old daughter Ella Camille.