TECHNICAL PAPERS

Routing and Permitting Techniques of Overweight Vehicles

Abstract

Overweight vehicles require permits to cross the highway bridges, which are designed for “design load vehicles” (prescribed in the national standards). A new, fast, and robust method is presented for the verification of bridges, which requires minimal input only: the axle loads, axle spacing, the bridge span(s), and the superstructure type. The bridge can be a single or a multispan girder, an arch bridge, a frame structure, or a box girder. The overweight vehicle may operate within regular traffic or it may cross the bridge at a given lane position while other traffic is prohibited on the bridge. The method is illustrated by numerical examples for deck-girder bridges and for a box girder.