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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 cleanup efforts.

"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 more effective."

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 http://www.dot.il.gov/road/overweight.html.

[Text from Illinois Department of Transportation file received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]

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