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Governor Beshear Lifts Transport Restrictions in Response to Hurricane
Executive order expedites transport of critical emergency supplies to other states
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Steve Beshear today signed an executive order directing the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to expedite the transport of emergency supplies in response to flooding and damages expected from Hurricane Sandy.
The executive order directs the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) to waive special registration and permit requirements for vehicles carrying relief supplies such as food, water, and medicine to affected areas or for utility vehicles responding to power outages or debris removal.
Under the order, the response vehicles do not have to pay permit fees for oversized/overweight vehicles. In order to ensure the safety of the traveling public and its infrastructure, the carrier must obtain all necessary permits for route verification.
“Having responded to a series of weather disasters as Governor, I know that quick and decisive action is absolutely critical to recovery efforts,” Gov. Beshear said. “We do not hesitate to lend a helping hand to our fellow citizens in other states when we are asked to do so.”
Hurricane Sandy, a Category 1 storm, is moving toward the eastern seaboard near the Delaware coast. Already, winds measure in excess of 90 miles per hour. Tens of thousands of residents along the east coast have already lost power, and forecasters warn that when Sandy makes landfall tonight, the damage and flooding could make it one of the most significant storms in the country’s history. More than 50 million people are in the path of the storm, which could cause blizzards, storm surges and high winds in multiple states.
Download a copy of the executive order (PDF)