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Hay movement streamlined for Missouri farmers

MoDOT is offering a special overwidth hauling permit to help farmers and ranchers move hay as needed.

The Missouri Department of Transportation is streamlining hay movement for drought relief to Missouri farmers and ranchers.

Much of Missouri has experienced severe drought conditions throughout the summer which could make it difficult to feed livestock throughout the year.

MoDOT is offering a special overwidth hauling permit to help farmers and ranchers move hay as needed.

Loads must be of legal height, length and weight.

MoDOT's waiver and special overwidth permit allows drivers in Missouri to:

Obtain the permit at no cost.

Haul hay loads of up to 12 feet and 4 inches in width.

Move hay during holiday periods and at night. At night, or when visibility is less than 500 feet, drivers must use a reflective, oversized load sign and clearance lights instead of the normal flags required at the edges of the load.

Before hauling, drivers must apply for the special overwidth hauling permit for loads that exceed eight feet and six inches in width, and map their route to avoid work zones, bridges and other areas that have weight, narrow lane or height restrictions.

Drivers must adhere to all permit requirements, such as using proper signing and lighting and stopping at weigh stations.

To obtain a permit, hay haulers should call MoDOT's Motor Carrier Services office at 1-800-877-8499 to report the year, make, license plate number and vehicle identification number (VIN) of the power unit and provide the farm business name and address. MoDOT permits cover movement within Missouri only and are required for each truck.

More resources and information about drought conditions, as well as a directory for producers needing to buy and sell hay, are available online at dnr.mo.gov and agriculture.mo.gov.

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