Iowa Gov. Chet Culver announced on November 15 that he has extended the temporary weight limit exemption for hauling crops during harvest for an additional 30 days. The exemption was due to expire November 15.
As previously reported the action increases the weight allowable to 88,000 pounds gross weight but does not affect interstate and bridge weight limits. It also increases the permitted weight per axle (or axle pair) by 10%.
The proclamation pertains to shipment of corn, soybeans, hay, straw and stover to 88,000 pounds gross weight without the need for an oversize or overweight permit. "We are doing this in an effort to help farmers move this year's record corn harvest," says Culver.
The proclamation directs the Iowa Department of Transportation to monitor the operation of the program and to assure the public's safety and facilitate the movement of the trucks involved. "It is important to note in the wake of the Minnesota bridge collapse this past summer that this exemption does not change the lower weight limits as posted on bridges and overpasses and interstate highways in Iowa," says Culver. "Farmers who are transporting grain are also required to follow their vehicle safety standards on axle weights as well."