Trucks can haul over-width loads of baled hay for another 60 days, according to an executive order issued by South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard last week. The extension is intended to help drought-stricken farmers and ranchers.
Under the order, permitted truckers can move loads of baled livestock feed up to 12’ wide or 15’ high for two hours after sunset and two hours before sunrise. The normal size restriction for loads in South Dakota is 8’6” wide and 14’3” high. The rules will remain in effect until the drought emergency ends or until Dec. 21.
Over-width vehicles must have flashing or rotating white or amber warning lights on each side. Warning lights must be clearly visible to motorists approaching from the front or rear.