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Branstad approves annual harvest weight limits waiver

By Staff | Oct 15, 2015

DES MOINES (IDALS) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad signed a proclamation on Sept. 25 to allow the transportation of overweight loads of soybeans, corn, hay, straw, silage and stover. The proclamation will expire after 60 days.

“Governor Branstad and I continue to look for ways in which government can assist Iowans and today’s harvest weight proclamation is another way we’re able to ensure producers can get their yield out of the fields and to market,” said Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.

During the proclamation vehicles must:

  • Limit transport of soybeans, corn, hay, and straw to 90,000 pounds gross weight, without a permit.
  • Transport loads within Iowa, excluding interstate system.
  • Adhere to the maximum axle weight limit determined under the non-primary highway maximum gross weight table in Iowa Code 321.463(5) (b), by more than 12.5 percent, do not exceed the legal maximum axle weight limit of 20,000 pounds, and comply with posted limits on roads and bridges.

The Iowa Department of Transportation is directed to monitor the operation of this proclamation to assure the public’s safety and facilitate the movement of the trucks.

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