Monday, August 24, 2015

State bans some oversize vehicles from construction zones

Due to extensive ongoing construction projects and other hazardous conditions on several Alabama highways and roads, the state Dept. of Transportation has banned certain oversize vehicles or combinations of vehicles and loads regardless of any permits, routing authorizations carriers or their drivers may have in their possessions.

These restrictions are effective immediately, and failure to comply could result in fines and penalties.

Locations include stretches of Interstate 10 in Mobile Co.; U.S. Route 72 in Lauderdale and Limestone Co.; U.S. Route 78 in Jefferson Co.; U.S. Route 84 in Conecuh and Covington Co.; State Route 20 in Lawrence Co.; State Route 22 in Chilton and Coosa Co.; State Route 26 in Russell Co.; and State Route 269 in Jefferson and Walker Co.

[For a full list of roads and restrictions, download ALDOT’s official letter here]

According to ALDOT officials, this ban will remain in effect for the duration of each project. In a letter delivered Aug. 18, 2015 to state officials, law enforcement and transportation business leaders, assistant maintenance engineer for the agency’s Vehicle Enforcement Office James Braden explained that the decision to restrict oversize vehicles from these areas was a safety precaution to protect state personnel, contractor employees and the motoring public. Illegal use of these roads by oversize vehicles is now unlawful and will result in fines and other penalties.

However, if you need single trip permits, or have annual permits or long term routing for the affected areas, you may contact ALDOT’s Vehicle and Oversize Weight office at 800-499-2782 for rerouting options.

For more information, visit ALDOT’s website here.