Governor Terry Branstad has signed an extension to a proclamation temporarily allowing trucks to haul harvests with heavier weights. The extension to the lift is aimed specifically at harvests of corn, soybeans, hay, straw and stover. Washington County Engineer David Patterson says farmers can now transport up to 12.5% over the legal load limit with the axle weight limit remaining at 20,000 pounds.
The Iowa Department of Transportation is still monitoring the lift on all Iowa roads with the exception of the interstates. Patterson says this extension to the proclamation should still be a reminder to drivers about being aware of slower moving vehicles.
The original exemption began on September 15th and this extension which starts today is good for 14 days.