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Mid-America states collaborating on COVID-19 transportation strategies

[Source: MoDOT]

To keep the supply chain of critical goods and services intact during the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the Mid-America Association of State Transportation Officers [MAASTO] has announced that it will collaborate to:

`MAASTO member states are collaborating to:

• Permit overweight freight shipments, making it easier to ship crucial supplies.

• Ease regulations on commercial driver license holders, ensuring the maximum number of motor carrier drivers are available to move freight.

• Limit public exposure at motor vehicle service centers. Many states are offering only limited in-person service and relaxing requirements for license and registration renewals to reduce the need for trips to the department of motor vehicles [DMV].

• Issue guidance to contractors so construction projects can proceed while keeping workers safe.

“Meeting the challenge of the pandemic will require that we can get vital goods like food and medical supplies where they are needed,” said MAASTO President Craig Thompson, secretary designee of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. “These supply chains don’t stop at state borders. We need to be working with other states, especially our neighbors in the middle of the country, to make sure we do what is needed to remove barriers that would impede response and recovery.”

“The emergency isn’t happening in a vacuum, we have a responsibility to support each other today and set a good path for recovery in the future,” said Julie Lorenz, MAASTO vice president and secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation.

MAASTO member states are Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Ohio.

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