Florida lifts weight restrictions in Katrina’s wake

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The Florida Department of Transportation lifted normal weight restrictions on commercial vehicles in an attempt to salvage agricultural products from farming areas in South Florida ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

According to the Jacksonville Business Journal, weight restrictions have been lifted for trucks hauling livestock, fresh and processed fruit and vegetable products, timber and other agriculture cargo.

The limit on the largest trucks now is 95,000 pounds, up from 80,000. Limits also are higher on smaller trucks.

Vehicles hauling extra weight are required to carry a copy of an authorization letter from the transportation department.