A Process for Designating and Managing Overweight Truck Routes in Coastal Port Regions

A process is needed to evaluate, designate and manage routine permitted overweight truck corridors serving coastal ports in Texas. Theses corridors can potentially enhance the competitive edge of companies importing or exporting freight through Texas ports wile creating a self-sustaining system through permit fees. The Research Team recognizes that successful development of this analysis methodology will require close coordination with Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), port authorities, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Regional Mobility Authorities, manufacturers and the trucking industry. The methodology will account for current and projected freight flows and opportunities that utilize the full cargo capacities of trucks operating along each corridor. The methodology will provide an economic analysis of candidate corridors that accounts for pavement and bridge infrastructure strengthening and adjustments in geometric features; long term maintenance costs; Right of Way, Utility and Environmental clearance time frames and impacts; sustainability based on projected permit revenue; safety, security, and law enforcement requirements. The methodology will also account for current legal restrictions for certain route types, which can carry permitted indivisible loads but are restricted from carrying permitted divisible loads. The methodology will be flexible and provide a means for examining each factor and factor weight and their contributions to the final economic assessment of each corridor.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Project Managers:

    Badgley, Sonya

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Texas, Austin

    Center for Transportation Research
    Austin, TX  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Murphy, Michael

    Walton, Michael

  • Start Date: 20140725
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20150831
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39599

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01566803
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-6820
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 23 2015 1:01AM