MoDOT Offers Weight Allowance for Trucks to Support Coronavirus Response

Jefferson City, Mo. –  At the direction of Gov. Mike Parson, the Missouri Department of Transportation today 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% 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% above the gross licensed weight of the commercial motor vehicle;
  • Transportation of 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 mph;
  • The vehicle tires must be rated to the gross loaded weight of the vehicle or heavier;
  • Travel under this allowance is only allowed on state owned 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 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or visit

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