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power was detroit 8V92T for the older ones, and Cat C18 for the newer versions. trans is an Allison automatic. 

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when you are up to your armpits in alligators,

it is hard to remember you only came in to drain the swamp..

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Grounded 280-ton truck finally allowed to move, carrier forced to pay state $60k

Overdrive  /  July 13, 2017

The 280-ton truck that was grounded on the side of I-95 in Rhode Island two weeks ago for lack of a proper permit was finally able to head to its destination in Massachusetts this week, albeit at a hefty price.

According to Rhode Island TV station turnto10.com, the company hauling the 560,000-pound generator, Bay Crane Northeast, agreed to take out a $25 million insurance policy, with the state as a co-insured party, as well as pay the cost of the police escort through the state. It also had to reimburse Rhode Island DOT $60,000 for its trouble in dealing with the truck.

“Public safety has always been our priority in this matter,” RIDOT Director Peter Alviti told the news station. “It was our job to make sure that the people of Rhode Island were kept safe and that our roads and bridges were not damaged. We have achieved this. This accord also protects the financial interests of the taxpayers of the state with Bay Crane’s agreement to reimburse the state for expenses brought about by the unique nature of this situation.”

Before the truck began its original journey, Bay Crane had applied for an overweight permit, but started the trip before the permit was granted. The company said at the time it expected the permit to come through before it became a problem.

Video - http://turnto10.com/news/local/ridot-stuck-truck-to-be-moved-monday-night

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Bet the bridge inspectors will be out in force on that one and the DOT man will get a promotion!😁 Is anyone old enough to remember in 74 I think it was when the B model Mack  dragged a 100,000 lb payload across the Ohio Tpke and broke several bridges? There was another classic where an Anchor Motor Freight car hauler burnt to the ground on a bridge the same year! I get the two mixed up but either the Ohio Trpke or I 80 in Ohio, I remember the lane restrictions and detours while they repaired the bridges!

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Here's what the state law says:

"Penalties for violations of this section will be calculated on the registered or permitted weight in comparison to the actual weight and shall be heard and adjudicated at the administrative adjudication division of the department of transportation. (a) The overweight penalties for vehicles exceeding 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight shall be as follows. No fine for the first five hundred (500) pounds overweight; fifteen cents ($.15) per pound overweight between five hundred (500) pounds and five thousand (5,000) pounds; and one dollar ($1.00) per pound for each pound overweight in excess of five thousand (5,000) pounds. (b) The overweight penalties for vehicles under 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight shall be twenty-five cents ($.25) per pound overweight. (c) the overweight penalty for vehicles being operated in excess of one hundred four thousand, eight hundred (104,800) pounds gross vehicle weight shall be one thousand dollars ($1,000) in addition to the penalties enumerated in subdivision (a) hereof."

The total limit for any number of axles isn't to exceed 104,800 lbs without a permit.  Since they (Bay Crane) say they were told a permit was forthcoming, one would assume that it hasn't been unheard of for RI to issue permits to trucks in this weight range before, but, still, that's a lot of weight to get nabbed carrying without the permit.

So, if the state went by the book (subsection c, then back to subsection a), they should have been hit with total penalties of about half a million, including that little matter of the $60,000 DOT fine for having to spend several days fretting over the whole thing.....  

So I don't think they got off too badly in the end, relatively speaking.  They should have known better - they're not rookies.

I do wonder what sort of formula they used in the end to calculate the actual fine - or if they just chose a random number that would be painful, but not so high that Bay Crane would sue them over relative to what large loads in that range are normally permitted for in RI....

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Freightrain, I just read your post tnx for the info,gonna google it! I googled the tornado pictures from zenia oh in May of 74 wow! I went within 15 mi of there on I 71 earlier they day with a northbound load of firebrick!

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