13'6" Bridges

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ChefsJK's Comment
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What is the name of the place you are going in Elizabeth? Chances are I have picked up or delivered there since my park location was in Fairless Hills, they always had me grab a load in North Jersey.

Tomorrow I have to deliver my load in Elizabeth, NJ. The route my Qualcomm wants me to take will require a sharp left turn across a lane of traffic into the facility entrance. I thought, no way in hell am I gonna do that if I can't find a better way.

I found a route that would lead me straight into the entrance, however, a section of it would require going under a 13'6" overpass. Any thoughts on the matter?

Qualcomm:

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Eric G.'s Comment
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Two things here. One I was told in training the marked pass means that’s the highest a vehicle can be to safely clear the overhang.

Two, this was from my grandfather years ago so it may not be true today. The signs posted state a safe height, but that’s not the true height. I can’t remember exactly but I think it’s something 4-6 more inches of clearance over the posted height. This also could just be a northeast thing as we were in Connecticut and New York when he was teaching me this.

Unholychaos's Comment
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What is the name of the place you are going in Elizabeth? Chances are I have picked up or delivered there since my park location was in Fairless Hills, they always had me grab a load in North Jersey.

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Tomorrow I have to deliver my load in Elizabeth, NJ. The route my Qualcomm wants me to take will require a sharp left turn across a lane of traffic into the facility entrance. I thought, no way in hell am I gonna do that if I can't find a better way.

I found a route that would lead me straight into the entrance, however, a section of it would require going under a 13'6" overpass. Any thoughts on the matter?

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The place was Plywood Specialists over on Grand St. Unloaded me outside in the area they would unload flatbeds so that was easy. The right turn out of there was a royal pain. Cross traffic on both sides at a light.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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By the way, for those who don't know, most trucks are not 13' 6" even though they always say that. Low profile tires alone will put most trucks closer to 13' 2" or so.

Don't be shy about stopping just short of a bridge and creeping up to it at walking pace. If you're going to bump it, bump it real, real lightly.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
918Girl's Comment
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By the way, for those who don't know, most trucks are not 13' 6" even though they always say that. Low profile tires alone will put most trucks closer to 13' 2" or so.

Don't be shy about stopping just short of a bridge and creeping up to it at walking pace. If you're going to bump it, bump it real, real lightly.

Thanks Brett!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Parrothead66's Comment
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LA 8 outside of Leesville LA has a 12-3 bridge I’ve been under several times............but that’s with a flatbed 😂😂

Linden R.'s Comment
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Louisville, KY has several overpasses where one side is higher than the other. A few of them are near an industrial park. One bridge is 13'6" on 1 side and 12'8" on the other. Another one is 13'7" on one side and 13'4" on the other. That particular overpass is 4 lanes. The outside lanes both directions are no bueno. Even on the good side if your not weighed down the corner of your trailer will rub. You can actually make it under the short side. You just need to be in the left lane, heavy, and hug the central pillars, lol.

We got a few of those on RI Route 4. One is 22' on one side and 17' on the other. The overpass is a truck route, and right at the bottom of that slope is a hairpin. With a 150' bridge halfway down, good luck in the winter lol. And they still do it too.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Linden R.'s Comment
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If you're going to bump it, bump it real, real lightly.

LOL.

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