Truckers can still haul over-width loads of baled hay – thanks to an executive order extension by South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard. The original October executive order, aimed at helping drought-stricken farmers and ranchers, was to expire in late December.
Under state law, the normal size restriction for loads of baled livestock feed is 14’3” high and 8’6” wide. With the special rules now in effect, truckers with permits can move loads up to 12’ wide and 15’ high for two hours after sunset and before sunrise.
Flashing or rotating white or amber warning lights on each side are required for over-width vehicles. Warning lights must be clearly visible to motorists approaching from the front or rear.
The extended order will expire Feb. 21.