CYA Question On Local Road Weight Limits

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Alex's Comment
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I'm doing my solo week with Wilson right now and long story short, both looking on Google maps and the way my GPS had me go took me to what looked like a truck entrance that went straight to the docks.

Well, halfway through my turn onto the road leading to that, boom, 7k weight limit sign. At that point I was already committed to the turn and as there were zero other cars around I continued the couple hundred feet to that entrance.

In the future, we're generally exempt from that if our delivery takes us that way, right? That's my understanding as far as I'm aware. Topic never came up with my trainer as we didn't run into this issue. I know it's completely different where bridges are concerned, I'm referring to local roads.

Thanks in advance.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Did you look at an atlas to see if there was a different way? Sometimes you need to go a couple miles out of the way in order to stay on truck routes. The likelihood of getting hassled going down that road depends on different factors. One of which is if its a residential street you're more likely to have issues due to homeowners complaining. Depending on the state the overweight citation could be astronomical. What is the address if you don't mind sharing? Did the sign say there was a weight limit then underneath "Ahead". I've seen that a few times.

Being a local driver we have a few stores we go to that require us to take non truck routes. At one store in Cedar Rapids Iowa a homeowner would frequently call the police about it. Eventually either they quit showing up or the guy quit calling because I haven't heard anything else about it.

Only take non truck routes as a last resort. Often times there is a very good reason for it.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Mikey B.'s Comment
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Just last week I had a delivery that took me down a 17ton weight limit street. The first sign you see is about halfway down the block, if there was one at the beginning of the street it was long gone. By the time you see the first sign you can do nothing but continue since you cannot turn around. I just watched for bridges etc., had no issues. I've had the Qualcomm alert me to being on truck restricted streets before, usually a side road leading into a truckstop, also the only entrance/exit. Often the streets will be restricted for all through traffic, local deliveries only.

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.
Daniel 's Comment
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Only take non truck routes as a last resort. Often times there is a very good reason for it.

https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2019/feb/01/gps-leads-trucker-to-collapsing-bridge--1/

Alex's Comment
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Did you look at an atlas to see if there was a different way? Sometimes you need to go a couple miles out of the way in order to stay on truck routes. The likelihood of getting hassled going down that road depends on different factors. One of which is if its a residential street you're more likely to have issues due to homeowners complaining. Depending on the state the overweight citation could be astronomical. What is the address if you don't mind sharing? Did the sign say there was a weight limit then underneath "Ahead". I've seen that a few times.

Being a local driver we have a few stores we go to that require us to take non truck routes. At one store in Cedar Rapids Iowa a homeowner would frequently call the police about it. Eventually either they quit showing up or the guy quit calling because I haven't heard anything else about it.

Only take non truck routes as a last resort. Often times there is a very good reason for it.

It was the Costco at 4000 River Point Pkwy, Sheridan, CO 80110. Looking it over now, I see a 'loading area' sign at the entrance to the one way frontage road behind it, but it looks like you'd still have to go down River Point to get there, which is where I saw the weight sign at.

I hadn't looked at the street view of River Point, the signs obvious as it was taken during daylight. Couldn't see it this morning at around 3 AM until my lights hit it coming around the corner.

Route I took was south on the 85, exit onto W Oxford then onto River Point, which is where the GPS and myself after looking at the satellite view thought I should go. I was only on River Point up to the turn in for Costco.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Rob D.'s Comment
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Went to this shipper recently.

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The yellow mark on the picture is the 10 ton weight limit sign facing you as you pull out of the only access to the shipper as your loaded weighing 78,000 lbs. A steady stream of trucks roll through it everyday.

I don't why they even bothered to put up the sign.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Alex's Comment
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Went to this shipper recently.

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The yellow mark on the picture is the 10 ton weight limit sign facing you as you pull out of the only access to the shipper as your loaded weighing 78,000 lbs. A steady stream of trucks roll through it everyday.

I don't why they even bothered to put up the sign.

I'm wondering if in my case it was to stop trucks from just passing through there. Although there's multiple roundabouts not far past the Costco so I have no idea why you'd want to go that way...

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

KH's Comment
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Looks like maybe you’re meant to take S. River Point then go around the little circle and take the “loading area” road on the way out. But I can’t blame you for not figuring that out ahead of time. Anyway, I agree with you. I think the sign is meant as “we don’t want big trucks going this way” as opposed to the road not being able to handle the weight, otherwise it would probably say “weight limit” on it.

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