Proper impedance modeling and restriction management for routing oversize/overweight (OS/OW) vehicles can prevent detrimental damage to any number of assets in a transportation network. They can also help transportation departments with roadway pavement management. An intelligent routing solution avoids various costly problems such as a bridge strike and ensures the roads on the approved routes are used in line with their design and purpose. Below are some examples of how outdated processes can cost a DOT a lot of taxpayers’ money.
How much does a single bridge strike cost you?
The price of a new bridge can be staggering, which only increases the need to protect the existing ones. With the life expectancy of newer bridges exceeding 100 years, cumulative or single strike damage can amount to serious safety issues for drivers and costly repairs for DOTs. The costs go beyond bridge repairs because unplanned detours create new critical congestion points that expedite the wear and tear of pavement along the unplanned route. These costs are well into the millions with the responsibility to repair or rebuild falling on the shoulders of DOTs and taxpayers. The importance of knowing exactly where OS/OW restrictions are located within a roadway network cannot be stressed enough. An automated routing solution with a proper restriction management tool to eliminate these potential accidents shouldn’t be ignored.
What about the permits?
In the business world, time is money. The same rule applies to the trucking industry. It may not be an error or outdated information that causes a semi-truck to flatten miles of roadway signage, but instead an OS/OW driver on an unapproved route. Smooth permitting process makes one less obstacle for truck drivers who, in some cases, would rather attempt to drive to their destination without a permit and or an approved route than wait several days for what they need. A slow process encourages the behavior and the fines, although high, are not always enough to deter drivers. DOTs need an OS/OW solution in place to receive requests from the drivers and deliver them what they need to do their jobs.
What’s the right solution?
A good start is considering an OS/OW solution that can reduce risk, expedite the permitting process, and pay for itself in a matter of months.
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Kelsey Ryon is a senior marketing specialist for Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure’s Utilities, Communications, and Transportation business unit in the U.S. Ryon has more than eight years of experience in the utilities industry including energy, water, transmission, and distribution - gaining valuable insights into the global businesses. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Athens State University.