Hurricane Katrina Forest Recovery

As we work together to tackle the historic challenge that Hurricane Katrina has presented to the forestry communities of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama, we hope that this blog will be a valuable resource and tool.

Friday, September 9


In cooperation with the States of Florida, Alabama and Louisiana for disaster relief, to aid in the alleviation of economic problems, assist with clearing areas for public safety and health concerns, and the timely removal of debris for the aforementioned jurisdictions and the State of Mississippi, transporters are hereby granted temporary authority to transport commodities and to exempt the permit requirements for the movement of overweight and over dimensional emergency equipment and supplies, temporary emergency buildings and housing, building and construction materials, storm wreckage and debris and agricultural products, including timber.

The weight, height, length and width for any such commercial vehicle on specified roadways maintained by the State of Mississippi shall not exceed the following:

A. The maximum Gross Vehicles Weight for vehicles equipped with five (5) weight-bearing axles with outer bridge spans of not less than forty (40) feet, but less than fifty-one (51) feet, shall not exceed ninety thousand (90,000) pounds.

B. The maximum Gross Vehicle Weight for vehicles equipped with five (5) weight-bearing axles with out bridge spans of not less than fifty-one (51) feet shall not exceed ninety-five thousand (95,000) pounds.

C. The maximum Gross Vehicle Weight for vehicles equipped with four (4) weight-bearing axles with outer bridge spans of not less than forty-three (43) feet shall not exceed eighty thousand (80,000) pounds.

D. The total length of any vehicle identified above shall not exceed eighty (80) feet. Rear overhang shall not exceed 28 feet during daylight hours. Any movement after sunset will be limited to a four foot rear overhang.

E. The maximum width and/or height of any vehicle shall not exceed fourteen (14) feet. If a vehicle exceeds this width and/or height, the MDOT, Permits Division must be contacted for route information. (1-888-737-0061)

F. Transporters are responsible to ensure that they have proper oversize signs, markings, flags, and escort as defined in the State of Mississippi’s rules and regulations. Insurance and safety requirements shall not be waived.

Nothing in this Temporary Order shall be construed to allow any vehicle to exceed weight limits posted for bridges and like structures, not shall anything in this Temporary Order be construed to relieve any vehicle or the carrier, owner, or driver of any vehicle from compliance with any restrictions other than those specified in this Supplemental Order, or from any statue, rule, order or other legal requirements not specifically waived herein.

Effective: September 7, 2005 through November 6, 2005


Willie Huff, Director
MDOT, Law Enforcement


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