In response to flooding and the state of emergency declared by Gov. Parson over the weekend, the Missouri Department of Transportation will allow heavier-than-normal truckloads of rock, sand and gravel to travel on Missouri highways.

The allowance will help get flood-fighting supplies to communities and expedite needed repairs of roads, levees, railroads, etc. While the waiver is in effect, private and for-hire motor carriers may carry up to 10 percent more than their licensed weight on Missouri highways.

The waiver will remain in effect through April 21. While the waiver is in effect, participating motor carriers are limited to:

  • A loaded, gross weight no greater than 10 percent above the gross licensed weight of the commercial motor vehicle;
  • Transportation of rock, sand and gravel only within the state of Missouri;
  • Drivers must obey posted bridge weight limits;
  • When crossing a bridge, the driver must restrict the vehicle speed to no more than 30 mph;
  • Travel is only allowed on non-interstate highways.