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April, 2020__ Sacramento, CA__
will temporarily issue special permits for overweight trucks transporting
emergency supplies in support of COVID-19 relief and prevention efforts
following Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent State of Emergency declaration and
subsequent activation of the federal Stafford Disaster Relief and Assistance
special exceptions clears a path for greater volumes of material vital in the
fight against COVID-19. Emergency medical supplies and equipment, groceries,
perishable items, water and countless other essential items will now reach
their destinations more rapidly than they did before, at a time when people
need them most."
Caltrans will issue
permits for overweight trucks on the State Highway System and will help support
transportation operators in obtaining permits from local agencies for local roads.
These permits increase the maximum allowable gross vehicle weight from 80,000
to 88,000 pounds and will be valid until further notice.
To expedite the permits, Caltrans is performing advance review
and analysis on major corridor routes, including:
This Emergency Declaration provides regulatory relief for
commercial motor vehicle operations moving essential goods in support of relief
and preventive measures associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Essential Goods are defined as the following:
Medical supplies and
equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19
Supplies and equipment
necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community
transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and
Food, paper products
and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores
raw materials such as paper, plastic or alcohol that are required and to be
used for the manufacture of items above
and persons necessary to establish and manage temporary housing, quarantine,
and isolation facilities related to COVID-19
In response to COVID-19,
Caltrans continues its critical functions during this crisis, including
highway maintenance and roadway access to medical facilities and facilitating
transport of essential goods and services throughout the state.