PA Drivers, Low Bridge On Major Highway. Where?

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Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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This has been bugging me for a long time now.

Somewhere in PA on a major highway, interstate if I remember correctly, there are at least two bridges that you have to be in the left lane to clear at 13’6”.

I saw them while in training and also in my first few months solo, and have never seen them since.

Anyone know where they are?

Interstate:

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

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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This has been bugging me for a long time now.

Somewhere in PA on a major highway, interstate if I remember correctly, there are at least two bridges that you have to be in the left lane to clear at 13’6”.

I saw them while in training and also in my first few months solo, and have never seen them since.

Anyone know where they are?

Hay, Grumpy.

Tom runs a PA load once in awhile, when Don takes a day off.. (seriously, methinks!)

There's TWO on the 'pike...he doesn't know exactly where; hasn't been for a long time.. Both are 'left lan'ers' .. but they're not to take the 'pike anyway, lest they pay the tolls themselves. Once, they routed him and paid for it....other time, not sure; he doesn't recall.

There's 'this' bridge cheat PDF he got years ago... don't know how accurate it is, but.. here ya go:

Low Bridges

It's our downloaded .PDF (from a membership) but pretty sure it'll work, since it's ours.

Hope this helps, a skoche!

~ Anne ~

Interstate:

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

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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They are actually low clearance on the shoulder.... not the main lanes. The bridges kinda have arches on the overpass.

Daniel 's Comment
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Yes, on the shoulders only. One is a 12'8" west bound between Breezewood and Bedford, the other is a 13'2" east bound after Carlisle. There was a third, a 13'1" that was west bound just after Bedford but they just recently tore it down although the sign is still there.

The only other clearence concern for me in PA is in Johnstown. There is a 13'6" there that I swear is 13' 5 1/2". Ive driven under it 3 times now and still stop and inch under it everytime even though I know I have cleared it before. It is tight.

Incidentally, I had a pick up in Elmira, NY last week. Truck GPS(Garmin) directed me to go under a 12'8" and Trucker Path didn't recognize it either. Thankfully the town had a clearly marked truck route.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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The Interstate highways were built to federal standards. The grades were limited (6%? please correct me if I'm wrong) Also, overpasses had to be built with clearance for trucks and trailers. So I doubt that there are any low or hazardous overpasses on any Interstate high in the nation.

State and local roads are totally different. Beware!

Interstate:

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

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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This has been bugging me for a long time now.

Somewhere in PA on a major highway, interstate if I remember correctly, there are at least two bridges that you have to be in the left lane to clear at 13’6”.

I saw them while in training and also in my first few months solo, and have never seen them since.

Anyone know where they are?

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Hay, Grumpy.

Tom runs a PA load once in awhile, when Don takes a day off.. (seriously, methinks!)

There's TWO on the 'pike...he doesn't know exactly where; hasn't been for a long time.. Both are 'left lan'ers' .. but they're not to take the 'pike anyway, lest they pay the tolls themselves. Once, they routed him and paid for it....other time, not sure; he doesn't recall.

There's 'this' bridge cheat PDF he got years ago... don't know how accurate it is, but.. here ya go:

Low Bridges

It's our downloaded .PDF (from a membership) but pretty sure it'll work, since it's ours.

Hope this helps, a skoche!

~ Anne ~

Thanks. And that would explain why I’ve never seen them since, since I avoid the turnpike.

Interstate:

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

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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They are actually low clearance on the shoulder.... not the main lanes. The bridges kinda have arches on the overpass.

Weird. I would swear the sign said trucks, left lane only

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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They are actually low clearance on the shoulder.... not the main lanes. The bridges kinda have arches on the overpass.

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Weird. I would swear the sign said trucks, left lane only

For the ones on the 'pike, you are indeed correct, Grumpy. That's what Tom recalls, as well.

Rainy may be referring to other ones in PA & elsewhere.

~ Anne ~

Mikey B.'s Comment
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If I'm not mistaken the I-95 Cross Bronx Expressway also has some of those low clearance shoulders as well.

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Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Navypoppop's Comment
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NY State has a weird system of marking overpass heights that will make you squeeze the seat with your butt cheeks. I believe that I was told they are marked a foot shorter than what can clear them. I might be wrong but my experiences in NY seemed to prove that theory. The Cross Bronx Exp. under the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge were marked 12'6" and when you round the corner with a 13'6" high reefer you pucker real tight. Also after picking up a load of armed 80mm shells from Seneca Army Depot heading south to Route 17 I came upon a 12'8" bridge and I was sure there was going to be an explosion but an oncoming semi driver assured me about the clearances and he was right.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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