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Gordon signs executive order, loosening regulations on hay transport

CHEYENNE, Wyo. —  Governor Mark Gordon signed an executive order to allow motor carriers hauling hay in Wyoming to operate outside of regular operating hours and carry larger loads. The order is in response to the severe drought much of the state has experienced this summer.

According to the order, approximately 33% of Wyoming’s land area is presently affected by moderate drought conditions and an additional 64% is affected by severe or extreme drought conditions.

Oversize loads of baled livestock feed qualifying for a permit may now operate two hours before sunrise and two hours after sunset with a valid permit.

The permit also authorizes oversize baled livestock feed loads up to 12 feet in width or 15 feet in height. Additional lighting requirements must also be adhered to for the safety of the motoring public. The permits are valid for movements of baled livestock feed to a destination within Wyoming, or a destination in another state that has declared an emergency for livestock feed.

The executive order does not grant authority for any vehicle to exceed weight limits, posted bridge limits, or size restrictions on any road.

The executive order expires on Nov. 30, 2021.  Additional questions can be directed to WHP Captain Dan Wyrick or Lieutenant Dustin Ragon at 307-777-4301.

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