JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Transportation is easing rules to allow heavier than normal truck loads of rock, sand and gravel to operate on Missouri’s roadways.

A release from MoDOT indicates that the allowance, which is a response to flooding across Missouri and the state of emergency declared last weekend by Governor Eric Greitens, will be made in order to get supplies to fight flood waters to communities and repairs done as quickly as possible.

The easement of the rules will effect private and for-hire carriers, who will be allowed to carry up to ten percent more than they are licensed to.

MoDOT reminds drivers that they must still obey the posted weight limits on bridges and when crossing a bridge, the vehicle’s speed should be reduced to 30 miles per hour or less.

The allowance only effects non-interstate highways and MoDOT stresses that travel for these carriers is not permitted on interstates in Missouri.

This waiver will run until May 31, barring any more significant flooding in the state.

Visit the MoDOT website for up-to-date road closure information and a traveler information map. A MoDOT app is also available on the App Store or Google Play.