IFB's Kevin Rund says Illinois law, for years, has allowed loads of hay, straw and similar materials up to 12 feet in width to be transported on most Illinois roads without a permit. However, those same loads had been banned on the Interstate system.
Now, with livestock farmers finding a greater need to move such loads longer distances due to the drought, the State is bending its policy from now through the end of the calendar year. In part, it’s an effort to coordinate with surrounding states in their waiver of similar restrictions. At least Missouri, Kentucky, Iowa and Tennessee have provided some form of waiver for wide loads of hay.
From now through December 31, 2012, loads of hay, straw and similar materials up to 12 feet in width will be allowed on Illinois’ Interstates.
Check these websites for more information:
IL Drought website: http://www.drought.illinois.gov
IL Permit website: http://www.dot.il.gov/road/overweightcontact.html
IL Permit phone numbers: 217-785-1477 (outside Illinois) or 800-252-8636 (inside Illinois)