Hurricane Sandy prompts IDOT to
permit heavy loads on state roads
Temporary measure boosts emergency
response, relief to eastern U.S.
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[November 05, 2012]
SPRINGFIELD -- To assist with
emergency relief after Hurricane Sandy, Illinois Transportation
Secretary Ann L. Schneider has temporarily authorized the movement
of heavy loads up to 14 feet in width and 100 feet in length on
state routes, including interstates. The hurricane has ravaged
sections of the eastern United States, and this action will improve
operations and allow emergency responders and relief providers to
quickly and efficiently transport materials as part of the massive
"Hurricane Sandy has devastated hundreds of lives, families, livelihoods and
communities across the eastern United States," Schneider said. "We are committed
to the cause and have swiftly issued this important temporary authorization to
help our neighboring states and country. By allowing heavier loads on all state
roadways to ease relief efforts, we can directly respond to those in dire need
and make operations and logistical activities smoother, quicker and instantly
This temporary measure is only for emergency relief oversize
or overweight loads headed to the East Coast within the criteria of the
authorization. A copy of the official authorization must be in possession of the
carriers during the progress of their movement; they must document that their
efforts are for emergency relief; and they must also have the printed
authorization to present upon request by law enforcement or the Illinois
Department of Transportation.
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The authorization also allows the movement of temporary housing up
to 14 feet, 6 inches wide. All loads more than 8 feet, 6 inches in
width, allowed during specific time periods, must display operable
oscillating, rotating or flashing amber lights. "Oversize load"
signs are mandatory on the front and rear of all vehicles with loads
over 10 feet in width or 75 feet in length.
This authorization is effective immediately and expires Nov. 30.
To access IDOTís official notice and additional guidelines, visit
Illinois Department of
Transportation file received from the
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]