The Missouri Department of Transportation announced an allowance for heavier-than-normal truckloads of supplies and equipment to travel on Missouri highways in the direct effort to prevent, contain, mitigate and treat the effects of the COVID-19 virus. The waiver allows private and for-hire motor carriers to haul up to 10 percent more than their licensed weight on Missouri highways.


The waiver remains in effect through April 30. While the waiver is in effect, participating motor carriers are limited to:


A loaded, gross weight no greater than 10 percent above the gross licensed weight of the commercial motor vehicle; transportation of medical supplies and equipment, only within the state of Missouri; drivers must obey posted bridge weight limits; when crossing a bridge, the driver must restrict the vehicle speed to no more than 30 miles per hour; vehicle tires must be rated to the gross loaded weight of the vehicle or heavier.


Travel under this allowance is only allowed on non-interstate highways. Those taking advantage of the weight allowance cannot operate on any portion of the interstate highway system.


For more information, call MoDOT at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org.