Executive order allows extra-large loads of hay on Colorado roads

Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed an Executive Order to suspend permits necessary to transport oversized baled hay or baled livestock feed in Colorado.

“Large areas of Colorado have experienced devastating damage from drought. This has severely impacted the ability of Colorado livestock producers to acquire the requisite amount of feed for their animals,” according to the Executive Order. “As winter approaches, such restrictions put Colorado livestock in severe danger and producers require immediate assistance to meet their feed requirements.”

The order suspends rules that prevent the state from issuing single-trip, extra-legal permits for divisible loads of heights ranging from 14 feet, 6 inches to 15 feet. The Order will stay in effect until Oct. 21, 2012.

The governor announced the Executive Order during the inaugural Pedal The Plains event on the Eastern Plains Sunday.

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