Improving Overweight/Over‐Dimensional Logistics/Truck Routing Procedures

In 2012, the Division of Motor Carriers (DMC) issued 98,196 OW/OD permits to trucking companies that requested permission to move overweight or over‐dimensional loads through Kentucky. Moving these loads safely and efficiently through the state requires engineers and analysts to have access to reliable data about bridge clearances, construction schedules, detour routes, weight limits, limited lane widths, bridge classifications, local restrictions on movements of OW/OD loads, and other relevant information. However, there are several obstacles to the DMC in successfully routing these loads. There is no real‐time data for individuals to act on concerning these OW/OD routes. Attempts to incorporate outmoded data the Cabinet possesses into an automated routing system with a private‐sector software vendor have failed. There are communications issues to resolve. Given the safety hazards to motorists and the economic impact to industry when OW/OD loads get stranded, it is crucial to improve the Department of Vehicle Regulation’s methods of collecting bridge, road, and construction data for routing purposes.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $175000
    • Contract Numbers:

      SPR 17‐534

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

      200 Mero Street
      Frankfort, KY  United States  40622
    • Managing Organizations:

      Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

      200 Mero Street
      Frankfort, KY  United States  40622
    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Kentucky, Lexington

      Kentucky Transportation Center
      College of Engineering, 176 Raymond Building
      Lexington, KY  United States  40506-0281
    • Principal Investigators:

      Kissick, Jerry

    • Start Date: 20160701
    • Expected Completion Date: 20190630
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: Transportation, Planning, Research, and Development
    • Subprogram: Bridge Safety

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01675051
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: University of Kentucky, Lexington
    • Contract Numbers: SPR 17‐534
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jul 17 2018 1:03PM