13’6” Clearance!!!

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Dan F.'s Comment
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It’s worth noting that if you are on any road that is listed as a US Highway or an interstate , they have to be certified for a minimum of 13’6” using federal guidelines. If any of those bridges say less than 13’6” then you most definitely have to detour.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Delco Dave's Comment
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The main takeaway is driver beware. The driver is also responsible for a bridge strike no matter how it was measured (or not), or if it is marked (or not).

Thats not cool!!! If an under pass is marked as passable and it also In the truckers atlas as such how would it be your fault! If the city or township changed the height by repaving incorrectly or whatever. How are you supposed to know???

Banks's Comment
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Hitting anything stationary will always be a preventable and your fault. Always GOAL when you're not sure and/or you don't have a clear view

PackRat's Comment
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Hitting anything stationary will always be a preventable and your fault. Always GOAL when you're not sure and/or you don't have a clear view

That's it right there.

Yuuyo Y.'s Comment
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There's a bridge I often see labled as 13'1. Even with a 13'0 trailer I avoid it because it's easy; if it said 13'5 or so I might go under it.

Bullitt_VW's Comment
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Tell me about it. Especially those old septa rail overpasses. It seems once a month a truck gets stuck under one.

PS possibly meet up and chat sometime? Email me at tradewindvw@gmail

Just curious because I live in the Philly area and see a lot of overpasses listed at 13’6” As well as many shorter ones which I know could not be driven under

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Hitting anything stationary will always be a preventable and your fault. Always GOAL when you're not sure and/or you don't have a clear view

There are a few exceptions, albeit, very few.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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You may have to cut and paste this.

3 bridges in Lancaster NY on the way out of RMP Graphics. Marked 12’ 11” to 13’ 3”

I knew they were wrong because another of our drivers called the police and asked. I still crept under on the way in. On the way out I had to get it on video.

The Qualcomm and my GPS warner me of low bridges.

https://youtu.be/XqRZFznKdfs

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.
Joseph I.'s Comment
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If bridge height is close I sure like to meet or follow a truck that went under ahead of me. If I am on my own and not positive I will slow down and check from the side of the road. The signs are not always correct as the road could be resurfaced or watch for snow buildup in the winter.

PackRat's Comment
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You may have to cut and paste this.

3 bridges in Lancaster NY on the way out of RMP Graphics. Marked 12’ 11” to 13’ 3”

I knew they were wrong because another of our drivers called the police and asked. I still crept under on the way in. On the way out I had to get it on video.

The Qualcomm and my GPS warner me of low bridges.

https://youtu.be/XqRZFznKdfs

I just watched your video. I puckered up on the second and third bridges.

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.
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