Oversized loads Q&A
The Record asked Kansas Department of Transportation questions motorists might have about routing oversized and overweight loads.
Q: Do companies pay a fee to route oversized loads?
A: No, but businesses pay a fee for permits. The fee varies based on the type of permit issued. Fees are set by Kansas statute.
Q: What should drivers do when they encounter an oversized and overweight load?
A: Be alert for flashing lights. If you see a passenger-sized vehicle with flashing lights, expect an oversized and overweight load or another vehicle within the next half-mile. Be patient. Be prepared to stop. Follow at a safe distance. Give space to the loads. Everyone’s safety is important.
Q: Have any crashes occurred due to oversized and overweight loads since current wind farm work started?
A: KDOT is not aware of any crash reports associated with the Marion County wind farm.
Q: Why does it sometimes appear that superloads parked at rest stops haven’t moved overnight?
A: Loads waiting at rest stops may not always be due to a permit issue. Construction at wind farms involves a specific sequence for building these structures. Loads arriving early may have to wait until the site is ready to accept the loads.