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MDOT prohibits oversized loads during holidays

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The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) prohibited oversized and overweight vehicle travel on all state and federal highways beginning Monday, December 24th, through today, Wednesday, December 26th; along with Monday, December 31st, through Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019.

“Our top priority is the safety of all motorists traveling Mississippi highways during the upcoming holidays,” said Melinda McGrath, P.E., MDOT executive director. “With increased traffic volume on Mississippi’s highways, prohibiting oversized loads during the holidays is one more way MDOT is working to increase the safety of the traveling public.”

All permits issued for daylight movement only are prohibited on Sundays with the exception of sealed containers. Movement after noon the day before and the entire day of a legal holiday is prohibited.

Using ExpressPass, MDOT’s oversized and overweight commercial vehicle permitting service, an individual or company can purchase and instantly receive permits to operate commercial vehicles in Mississippi that fall within certain size and weight limits online. For more information, including available ExpressPass routes and general travel restrictions, visit

The MDOT Office of Enforcement’s primary responsibility is the regulation and safe operation of commercial motor vehicles on state and federal highways. Along with preserving Mississippi’s transportation infrastructure, these laws and regulations help further MDOT’s efforts to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities.

MDOT also reminds the public to share the road safely with log trucks by leaving enough space between vehicles, especially at night.  View a brief video demonstrating the nighttime visibility of a log truck at 90 feet, 20 feet and 10 feet here: By following these safety guidelines, potential crashes can be prevented.

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