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67 Pa. Code § 191.3. Permitted use of posted bridges.

§ 191.3. Permitted use of posted bridges.

 (a)  General rule. The posting authority may permit an over-posted-weight or over-posted-size vehicle or combination to use a bridge posted under 75 Pa.C.S. §  4902(a) (relating to restrictions on use of highways and bridges) if it determines that:

   (1)  for all practical purposes, the vehicle or combination can reach its destination only via the posted bridge; and

   (2)  analysis of the number of axles, axle weights, distance between axles, height, width and other data indicates that the vehicle or combination will not have a detrimental effect on the bridge.

 (b)  Number of trips. The permit may authorize a single trip, a limited number of trips during a 12-month period, or an unlimited number of trips during a period not to exceed three months.

 (c)  Liability. The permittee shall be liable for any damage to the bridge as well as any personal injury or property damage and shall provide such insurance or security as the posting authority may require to guarantee payment of any damage to the bridge or to persons and property who or which may be injured as a result of the permitted use.

 (d)  Restrictions. When permitting use of a posted bridge, the posting authority may stipulate one or more restrictions, including, but not limited to, the following:

   (1)  Maximum speed.

   (2)  Minimum number or spacing of axles or both.

   (3)  Maximum axle weight.

   (4)  Specific travel path.

   (5)  Minimum spacing or maximum number of vehicles or combinations on the bridge.

   (6)  Traffic control persons to regulate and control other traffic.

   (7)  Persons to guide the vehicle to insure proper alignment.

 (e)  Possession of permit. The permit authorizing an over-posted-weight or over-posted-size vehicle or combination to use a posted bridge is valid only when carried in the vehicle or combination and all restrictions on the permit are satisfied.

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