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.

Tuesday, May 9

MDOT Extends Log Truck Weight Permit to June 6 in Selected South MS Counties

The MS Dept. of Transportation has extended the Temporary Order of Authority for higher log truck weights from May 6 to June 6 in south Mississippi. The Order now applies only to counties east of Pike and south of U.S. Highway 84. The existing permits that wood fiber suppliers – loggers and log truckers – currently have will be honored so there is no need to reapply for another permit with MS DOT.

After May 6, the applicable counties are: Covington, Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Stone, Walthall, Wayne, and Jones.

Remember, this Temporary Order of Authority allows the transport of unprocessed timber from the hurricane damaged forest to the first point of storage or processing under the guidelines posted here.
The higher weights for log trucks allowed under this Temporary Order DO NOT APPLY TO INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS.

Complete information is available on the MS DOT website:

NOTE: This Temporary Order may not be extended beyond June 6, 2006. Wood fiber suppliers should NOT PLAN TO HAUL these higher weights after June 6.


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