EXECUTIVE ORDER
BJ 08-106

DOTD Disaster Relief Guidelines for Vehicles, Trucks and Loads Rescinds and Supersedes Order No. BJ 2008-104


WHEREAS, the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act, R.S. 29:721, et seq ., confers upon the governor of the state of Louisiana emergency powers to deal with emergencies and disasters, including those caused by fire, flood, earthquake or other natural or man-made causes, to ensure that preparations of this state will be adequate to deal with such emergencies or disasters, and to preserve the lives and property of the citizens of the state of Louisiana;

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act, R.S. 29:721, et seq ., a state of emergency was declared August 27, 2008, through Proclamation No. 51 BJ 2008 for Hurricane Gustav, and is still in effect via subsequent renewals of that proclamation;

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act, R.S. 29:721, et. seq., a state of emergency was declared September 7, 2008, through Proclamation No. 52 BJ 2008 for Hurricane Ike, and is still in effect via subsequent renewals of that proclamation;

WHEREAS, Executive Order Nos. BJ 2008-78 and BJ 2008-104 were made applicable to and extended through the declaration period of Hurricane Ike via Executive Order No. BJ 2008-97; and

WHEREAS, the safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the affected areas of Louisiana and surrounding states require that the movements of operators of commercial motor carriers traveling on the public highways of the state of Louisiana for the purpose of emergency preparedness and disaster relief efforts be expedited;

NOW THEREFORE, I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor of the state of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and the laws of the state of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:

SECTION 1: The following sizes and weights for vehicles on roadways maintained by the state of Louisiana shall not exceed the following limitations:

A. For vehicles transporting green goods debris (trees and limbs, etc.), white goods debris (appliances, etc.), and construction goods debris (fence materials, roof repair debris, etc.), the maximum gross vehicle weight for vehicles equipped with five (5) or more weight-bearing axles with outer bridge spans of not less than forty (40) feet, but less than fifty-one (51) feet, shall not exceed ninety thousand (90,000) pounds. No single axle carrying such loads shall exceed twenty thousand (20,000) pounds. No group of two (2) axles carrying such loads shall exceed forty thousand (40,000) pounds. No group of three (3) axles carrying such loads shall exceed forty-eight thousand (48,000) pounds, except with a permit issued by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (hereinafter "Department");

B. For vehicles transporting green goods debris (trees and limbs, etc.), white goods debris (appliances, etc.) and construction goods debris (fence materials, roof repair debris, etc.), the maximum gross vehicle weight for vehicles equipped with five (5) or more weight-bearing axles with outer bridge spans of not less than fifty-one (51) feet shall not exceed ninety-five thousand (95,000) pounds. No single axle carrying such loads shall exceed twenty thousand (20,000) pounds. No group of two (2) axles carrying such loads shall exceed forty thousand (40,000) pounds. No group of three (3) axles carrying such loads shall exceed forty-eight thousand (48,000) pounds, except with a permit issued by the Department;

C. For vehicles transporting green goods debris (trees and limbs, etc.), white goods debris (appliances etc.), and construction goods debris (fence materials, roof repair debris, etc.), the maximum gross vehicle weight for vehicles equipped with four (4) weight-bearing axles with outer bridge spans of not less than forty-three (43) feet shall not exceed eighty thousand (80,000) pounds. No single axle carrying such loads shall exceed twenty thousand (20,000) pounds. No group of two (2) axles carrying such loads shall exceed forty thousand (40,000) pounds. No group of three (3) axles carrying such loads shall exceed forty-eight thousand (48,000) pounds, except with a permit issued by the Department;

D. For vehicles transporting green goods debris (trees and limbs, etc.), white goods debris (appliances etc.), and construction goods debris (fence materials, roof repair debris, etc.), the maximum dimensions shall not exceed fourteen (14) feet wide, fourteen (14) feet high, and ninety-five (95) feet long on Interstate highways and fourteen (14) feet wide, thirteen feet and 6 inches (13', 6") high, and ninety-five (95) feet long on non-Interstate highways. All such vehicles must travel during daylight hours only, beginning at sunrise and ending at sunset. All such vehicles must travel with the required signs and flags properly placed and indicating that they bear oversized loads. All such vehicles which measure over twelve (12) feet wide must travel with a certified escort;

E. Carriers, owners and/or drivers of any vehicle being operated under this Order are responsible for verifying in advance that the actual dimensions and weights of the vehicles and loads are acceptable for all routes being traveled. This includes, but is not limited to, areas deemed by Federal, state or local officials as inaccessible due to damages caused by Hurricanes Gustav and/or Ike, overhead structures and/or construction areas; and

F. Any manufactured home owned by FEMA or any vehicle which is considered a hurricane disaster relief load and which measures more than eight feet six inches (8' 6") wide and fourteen (14) feet wide or less must travel during daylight hours only, beginning at sunrise and ending at sunset. All such vehicles must travel with the required signs and flags indicating that they bear oversize loads. All such vehicles which measure over twelve (12) feet wide must travel with a certified escort.

SECTION 2. The commercial vehicle regulatory requirements regarding the purchase of trip permits for registration and fuel for commercial motor carriers engaged in disaster relief efforts in the state of Louisiana shall be waived. This permit waiver also applies to such vehicles/loads with the types of loads and the weights and dimensions not exceeding those described in Section 1(A) through (D) above. However, such permits must be obtained from the Department for vehicles exceeding those weights.

SECTION 3. Nothing in this Order shall be construed to allow any vehicle to exceed weight limits posted for bridges and similar structures, or relieve any vehicle or carrier, owner or driver of any vehicle from compliance with any restrictions other than those specified, or from any statute, rule, order or other legal requirement not specifically waived herein.

SECTION 4. Nothing in this Order shall be construed or interpreted as being applicable to travel on nonstate maintained highways, or as being applicable to construction and building projects that are not in support of Hurricanes Gustav and/or Ike recovery and repair efforts.

SECTION 5. This Order rescinds and supersedes Executive Order No. BJ 2008-104.

SECTION 6. This Order is effective upon signature and shall terminate on December 31, 2008, unless amended, modified, terminated or rescinded by the governor, or terminated by operation of law.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF , I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 6th day of November, 2008.

Bobby Jindal
Governor

ATTEST BY
THE GOVERNOR
Jay Dardenne
Secretary of State