Tenn. DOT Changes Vital Bridge Weight Limit Without Warning

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SAMUEL C.'s Comment
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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — TDOT has reduced the weight limit on the heavily-traveled McClure Bridge over the Cumberland River in Clarksville to 21 tons, which means it's now off limits to loaded 18-wheelers.

This is a vital bridge to those of use who haul rolled paper to a Georgia Pacific gypsum plant and sheet rock out. My company issued a alternate route for us to take. I noticed yesterday as I was leaving the plant, that this approved route also has a small bridge that TDOT has lowered to 21T.

What's surprising (not really) , is there are no warning signs prior to either of these bridges and there is no way around them, nowhere to turn around, you're trapped.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tractor Man's Comment
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Welcome to the Worldof Beauracracy. Its a WONDERFUL THING!

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SAMUEL C.'s Comment
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Welcome to the Worldof Beauracracy. Its a WONDERFUL THING!

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The unfortunate issue is, a driver will catch a hefty fine, unbeknownst to him, that he would be unable to cross it. THP or the local sheriff dept will be waiting. As I heard a driver put it " it's at trap, and once you turn on to the highway, you are at the point of no return".

Pat M.'s Comment
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Yeah, running up 48 from ****son is about the best route.

Get their attention by pulling up to he bridge when people are trying to get home, turn on the flashers, pull the yellow knob and cell the sheriff's office for help.

The only way something like this gets fixed or even noticed is for people to be an inconvenienced.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Yeah, running up 48 from ****son is about the best route.

Hey Pat, Watch your language, this is a Family Friendly Site.

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SAMUEL C.'s Comment
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Yeah, running up 48 from ****son is about the best route.

Get their attention by pulling up to he bridge when people are trying to get home, turn on the flashers, pull the yellow knob and cell the sheriff's office for help.

The only way something like this gets fixed or even noticed is for people to be an inconvenienced.

There is a low weight limit sign over a small bridge on that stretch of highway I noticed yesterday. No warning signs either

Kurt G.'s Comment
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From this article:

[TDOT regional spokesperson Kathryn] Schulte said the restriction will affect some tractor trailers, but not all. The weight limit is set at 21 tons and will primarily affect loaded tractor trailers.

So what are you guys complaining about?rofl-1.gif

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

C T.'s Comment
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I hated going to Cumberland city as it was, this is a nice cherry on top.

Tractor Man's Comment
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The weight limit is set at 21 tons and will primarily affect loaded tractor trailers.

No big deal. Who in the hell drives LOADED Tractor Trailers on the Nation's Highways anyways.

Great response by a Government Official! That is your tax dollars hard at work folks. We actually pay 100's of thousands of MORONS with that type of intellectual stature.

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SAMUEL C.'s Comment
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From this article:

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[TDOT regional spokesperson Kathryn] Schulte said the restriction will affect some tractor trailers, but not all. The weight limit is set at 21 tons and will primarily affect loaded tractor trailers.

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So what are you guys complaining about?rofl-1.gif

I guess I will have to wait on that load of "sailboat fuel", easy to tarp and secure.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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