WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS AND ROAD CLOSURES. TRANSPORTATION POLICY PLAN FOR WASHINGTON STATE: KEY ISSUES IN 1994. DRAFT FOR PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT

The Washington State Transportation Commission was directed by the 1993 Legislature, Senate Bill 5963, to work in cooperation with cities and counties to review and make recommendations to the Legislature regarding policies governing weight restrictions and road closures which affect the transportation of freight and goods. The State Transportation Policy Plan Steering Committee, on behalf of the Commission, formed the Weight Restrictions and Road Closure Policy Subcommittee to carry out this work. The primary concern addressed by the subcommittee was the need to protect roadway pavements from the effects of heavy vehicles without unnecessarily impacting the movement of freight and commerce. The subcommittee identified several issues that should be considered in statewide policy on weight restrictions and road closures. The issues fell into the following four main areas: (1) Weight restrictions during times of freeze-thaw weather when some pavements are temporarily weakened and susceptible to damage by heavy loads; (2) Jurisdictional weight limits and practices which affect the movement of legal and "permitted" overweight and oversize loads; (3) Funding for improvements to reduce the need for weight restrictions; and (4) Education to increase awareness of the need for weight restrictions and to improve compliance. As sources of information, the subcommittee developed two questionnaires to identify existing weight restrictions policies and practices statewide. One questionnaire targeted county, city, and state officials who administer or oversee weight restrictions and road closure policy. The other questionnaire targeted transportation system users such as trucking companies, refuse collection firms, schools, and transit agencies. Of the 599 questionnaires sent out, 203 were returned, representing a 34% response rate. Findings gleaned from the questionnaire responses are included in the text of this report, which describes the subcommittee's discussion of issues that affect weight restrictions and road closures. This report summarizes the subcommittee's findings and conclusions, which are followed by preliminary policy recommendations and action strategies.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Washington State Department of Transportation

    Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Avenue SE, P.O. Box 47300
    Olympia, WA  United States  98504-7300
  • Publication Date: 1994

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 22 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00670444
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 21 1994 12:00AM