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Category: Size and Weight

Final Two Megaloads Leave the Port of Lewiston - 3/20/2012
The final 2 of 34 megaloads has left the Port of Lewiston, Idaho. Although there was a number of protests during the 18 month duration...

Oklahoma's New Port of Entry Weigh Station Unveiled - 5/11/2012
Oklahoma's first port of entry weigh station has recently been opened along I-35 near the Kansas border. This facility replaces an older weigh station and...

Weigh Station Innovations Saving Truckers Time - 7/10/2012
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has released quarterly performance measures from their Gray Notebook. Among other findings, WSDOT has noted that the use...

Maryland State Highway Administration Helps Truckers Go Paperless with Electronic Hauling Permits - 8/15/2012
Maryland has become the second state in the nation to issue electronic hauling (e-hauling) permits for the trucking industry. These permits can be displayed in...

Web Tool Streamlines Oversize Vehicle Permitting - 10/25/2012
The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has recently completed and implemented a new web tool to streamline oversize vehicle permitting in the state. This...

Aligning Oversize/Overweight Fees with Agency Costs: Critical Issues - 9/16/2013
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has published an analysis of issues pertaining to issuing permits for oversize and overweight (OSOW) freight loads. This analysis...

Integration of Weigh-In-Motion and Inductive Signature Technology for Advanced Truck Monitoring - 10/01/2013
The Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Irvine has published research investigating methods to build more advanced models for monitoring truck travel...

Heavy Vehicle Effects on Florida Freeways and Multilane Highways - 12/09/2013
The Florida Department of Transportation completed a study to better understand the effect of heavy vehicles on Florida's freeways and multilane highways. Specifically, the objective...

Registration Available for the Third Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study Stakeholder Input Meeting - 4/29/2014
The USDOT will hold the third of four stakeholder input meetings to provide stakeholders with an update on the MAP-21 Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight...

Coordinating the Use and Location of Weigh-In-Motion Technology for Kentucky - 8/20/2014
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has released a report discussing the use of weigh-in-motion (WIM) technology within the state. This report details the application of WIM...

Oversized Cargo Keeps U.S. Production on Track - 11/13/2014
Even with the number of logistics and safety considerations, the number of overdimensional shipments is growing percentage in the United States. This increase in shipments...

Advances in Superload Permit Processes and Practices - 1/12/2015
Administered by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), the U.S. Domestic Scan Program has released a report exploring leading practices in permitting overweight/oversize truck...

New Online Tool Helps Truck Drivers in Washington Plot Route, Avoid Bridge Strikes - 1/26/2015
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has released a new online tool that allows truck drivers to more easily research bridge heights and plot...

USDOT Releases Technical Reports on Truck Size and Weight - 6/18/2015
U.S. Department of Transportation released a series of technical reports on truck size and weight for peer review and public comment as a major step...

New Bill Would Permit 91,000-lb. rigs with Extra Axle - 10/01/2015
Pointing to productivity and safety benefits, Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) announced Thursday that he will introduce legislation to allow 91,000-lb., six-axle tractor-trailers on the federal...

New Pilot Car Escort Vehicle Training Materials are now Available - 3/22/2017
Pilot Car Escort Vehicle training publications including: Best Practices Guidelines; Best Practices for Law Enforcement; Study Guide; Training Manual; and Power point Slides, are now...

Research to Improve Estimates of Impacts of Changes to Truck Size and Weight Regulations - 12/06/2018
This is the second report of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Truck Size and Weight Limits Research Plan Committee. The committee was formed as a...

Use of Weigh-in-Motion Data for Pavement, Bridge, Weight Enforcement, and Freight Logistics Applications - 5/14/2020
Published by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, this report documents how transportation agencies use weigh-in-motion data for asset design and management, weight enforcement, and...

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