Oversize/Overweight Permitting Enhancement Effective 8/6

Source: Kristin Brier, Freight Manager, Indiana Department of Transportation, (317) 232-2040 or kbrier@indot.in.gov

In order to provide continuous improvement to the oversize / overweight permitting program, INDOT and IDOR are implementing an enhancement to improve the bridge review process for overweight vehicle permits under 200,000 pounds GVW. This enhancement will take effect on Monday, August 6.

Users are asked to pay particular attention to the following items:

  1. Customers will enter the start date of the permit.  The system will no longer default to the date the application was submitted.
  2. Customers will enter the date range in which the permitted load will be moved.
  3. When entering trip origins, customers will enter the city or town and the cross-street closest to the first state road, US Highway, or Interstate on your route. For example, if the route origin is US 31 at Alto Road in Kokomo, the origin should be entered as Kokomo/Alto Rd.
  4. When entering destinations, customers will enter the city or town and the cross street or exit number closest to the departure from the last state road, US highway, or interstate on your route. For example, if the route destination is US 31 at 236th Street in Westfield, the destination should be entered as Westfield/236th St.

Significant Change to Oversize/Overweight Vehicle Permitting

Starting July 16, 2018, bridge analysis will be required for an Oversize/Overweight (OSOW) Vehicle permit requests for a gross vehicle weight (GVW) load of 134,000 pounds or greater. The Indian Department of Transportation (INDOT) sent notices to contractors and other permittees during the week of July 1, 2018. The memorandum can be found on the Indiana Department of Revenue’s (INDOR) Oversize/Overweight web page. The current threshold triggering a bridge analysis is 200,000 GVW.

ICI staff and industry members met with INDOT and INDOR staff on July 9 to review the change and discuss expected challenges for all stakeholders due to the change. INDOT Bridge Design Division is currently gearing up for estimated 120 bridge analyses per day (based on summer month volume) by hiring six dedicated administrative staff. Industry expressed concerns with rerouting due to deficient bridges and permits in critical situations driven by the typical characteristics of heavy highway and bridge construction including weather and unforeseen conflicts. INDOT stressed planning to provide a two to three-day notice. But, agency representatives stated they will consider avenues for emergency permits for unforeseen circumstances to avoid missing critical project deadlines.

INDOR provided guidance to ICI including OSOW Vehicle permit route text entering instructions.