Governor Terry Branstad has signed a proclamation that will temporarily allow trucks to haul harvests with heavier weights. The lift is aimed specifically at harvests of corn, soybeans, hay, straw and stover.
Washington County Engineer David Patterson says farmers transporting grain from the farm to the bin can now transport up to 12.5% over the legal load limit with the axle weight limit remaining at 20,000 pounds.
The proclamation directs the Iowa Department of Transportation to monitor the temporary lift on all Iowa roads except interstates. Patterson says the proclamation should be a reminder to drivers about being aware of slower moving vehicles.
The weight exemption is good for 60 days, and started yesterday.