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Letter: Trucking companies were asking for a revision of axle bridge formula

The terminology used in the story about the trucking companies seeking to change the county load rules was ambiguous.

The term divisible load is more commonly used for transporting heavy machinery. It simply means the oversize permit is valid for hauling that one machine, and nothing else. You can’t add anything else, like a welder or job box.

When transporting products like gravel, cement and logs, you simply load to the weight limit of the road. No permit needed. In the context of this story, it became clear, the trucking companies were asking for a revision in the axle bridge formula. That is, how the number of axles, and the distances between them applies weight to the road. These are two different issues.

I agree that a revision is needed. Just look at any sign posted on most county bridges. They usually show a typical three-axle tandem, or five-axle tractor trailer. The four-axle tandems would be more efficient but don’t really have a classification. I agree on reclassifying the truck axle types, but am concerned if the divisible rules are eliminated, it would conflict with state and federal law.

George Kuersten


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