whistlenut wrote:This is a problem for lighter trucks also, not just the Mega loads. I saw a Canadian tri-axle trailer dump trailer pulled by a sleeper Pete that had a legal permit for 99,000 lbs hauling Black Beauty sandblasting mix all over New England. He has to maintain proportional weights for the axle array, and the company loading the truck had to readjust the last few dumps to make the axles conform to the permit. I thought 80K was the max also, as did the dispatch girl who refused to load the truck without a copy of his permits and a call from his dispatcher. It was all legal, and makes you wonder how much it costs extra. The driver told me the new permit fees would break even after only 6 loads and he does 175 loads a year......legally! If you think the DOT guys aren't out there looking for you, think again. Keep it legal or close to legal and keep the rig in good shape too!
Ouch on a 31K fine. Bet that will be appealed and settled for small money and a slap on the wrist.
PS: We saw the blades for NH own wind generators come in by rail, then the last 22 miles in an escort convoy. 120 blades makes cornering tough...but they did the route 27 times and not a thing was disturbed. They are in Lempster, NH and the first ones here. Cool to watch the crane setting the blade on the mast..240 in the air. Big Grove rig .....
Somebody correct me if I am wrong. There is a special permit within Ma, Ri., and N.H. that will allow 105,000 on 5 axles. Also I have seen with my own eyes loads coming out of Maine to N.H. with 120.000# of wood chips on 6 axles.