IFB explains local details complicating harvest emergency

Be sure to have all necessary permits for overweight loads, says IFB trucking expert.

Local _details _complicate _harvest _emergency _1_636462500590261422The harvest season emergency is in effect until Dec. 19, but local road jurisdictions can shorten that timeframe. (Photo by Mike Orso)

By Jeff Brown

To take advantage of the recently declared harvest season emergency, farmers will likely need to obtain multiple permits to allow them to use various roads between the farm and the local elevator.

In some cases, those permits can be obtained online, and in other cases, a local road commissioner or county engineer might give you a verbal go-ahead. The important thing, according to Illinois Farm Bureau transportation expert Kevin Rund, is to check locally and make sure you have everything you need.

“We’re looking at various forms and systems, from that automated online (system) that the state offers, to your local highway commissioner, who might just say ‘hey, I’m not going to bother with a paper permit, just go ahead and run.’ But you need to check locally to be sure,” said Rund, IFB senior director of local government.

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Under a harvest season emergency, a farmer with the proper permits may haul up to 10 percent more than the standard weight restriction of the gross, axle and registered weight restrictions. The declaration is in effect until Dec. 19, but Rund said local road jurisdictions can shorten that timeframe.

Depending on which types of roads make up a farmer’s route to the elevator, he or she might need to secure the following permits from state, county and local officials or agencies:

1. State highways: Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). Farmers can obtain the harvest permit through IDOT’s Illinois Transportation Automated Permits system, accessible by clicking here.

2. County highways: County engineer.

3. Township road: Township highway commissioner.

4. City street: Municipality.

There should be no cost associated with any of the permits.

Rund said even with the harvest season emergency declaration in effect, farmers are being watched to make sure they have the proper permits for overweight loads.

“These permits will be enforced where they’re in place,” Rund said. “As farmers know, the state police look for overweight grain trucks this time of year. The state police have no qualms with saying they fish where the fish are biting.”

As of Monday morning, IDOT had issued approximately 1,100 state permits, Rund added.

Click here for additional information about the harvest season emergency permit.

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