SANTA FE (KSMX)- Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an executive order to facilitate the speedy transit of emergency relief goods across New Mexico.
According to a press release from the Department of Transportation, Executive Order 2020-017 requires the Department to issue special permits to allow heavier-than-normal vehicles to traverse the state when their loads consist primarily of relief supplies.
To obtain the special permit, applicants will have to provide the Transportation Department with the vehicles weight, contents, destination and route. All other truck traffic will follow the standard permit process and weight limits for the delivery of other goods.
The Emergency Expedited Special Permits, which will be good until July 1, will increase to 88,000 pounds the weight limit for trucks carrying COVID-19 related supplies. The previous limit was 86,400 pounds.
Per the order, relief supplies include food, beverages, medicine, medical supplies, clothing and building materials intended for temporary shelters.