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The American Logistics Aid Network has provided the following update on transportation systems in the area affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Connecticut Divisible Load limit raised to 100 K for storm relief
The Connecticut Department of Transportation has raised the divisible load limit to 100,000 pounds for those vehicles engaged in the transport of food, water, medicine, fuel, and related supplies as part of the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. Earlier this week, DOT had increased the load limit on 80,000 pound vehicles to 92,000 pounds, but it is now authorizing the additional weight provided the vehicle can safely handle the weight. Again, we urge members to be diligent in using this waiver. Make sure your intended route can support the added weight and please limit this waiver to storm related relief only. Several companies have inquired about carrying loads in excess of 80 K pounds to destinations that are clearly not storm related.
A copy of the Commissioner's declaration is available at: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/97254932/DOT%20OW%20Waiver%20Sandy2.pdf Please copy this waiver and include it in every vehicle traveling under the waiver.
Truck travel in NYC relating to the recovery effort after Hurricane Sandy
While truck dimensional restrictions governed by the Vehicle and Traffic Law are temporarily suspended in New York City to support the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, truck operators must be aware of the physical limitations of the city’s roadways and bridges, and plan their route accordingly:
• Two-axle trucks: may use parkways, but must make note of posted height and weight restrictions to avoid collisions and/or overstressing bridges and overpasses. These trucks should use the city’s truck route network.
• Trucks with more than two axles should avoid parkways due to limited clearances and weight restrictions , and should use the City’s mapped truck route network: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/2011_truck_route_map.pdf
• Semi trailers exceeding 53’ trailer length or 96” width should ONLY use routes mapped as “Through Truck Routes” (red lines) on the City’s truck route network. http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/2011_truck_route_map.pdf
• Any truck exceeding ANY of the following dimensions should contact OEM/DOT at 718-422-8737 for specific routing advice to ensure safe movement through the City: 78’ total length, 53’ trailer length, 102” width, gross weight exceeding 116,000 Lbs
Or complete an over-dimensional vehicle application and submit it via email to DRoses@dot.nyc.gov, KLobat@DOT.nyc.gov. We will assist you with determining a route to your destination. It is best to email these applications 24 hours before needed. http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/overperm.pdf Drivers unfamiliar with the City and those operating large trucks should use caution at all times while traveling on all city streets.
Fuel concerns are easing slowly. Refer to previously posted websites or http://gasbuddy.com/sandy/ for crowd-sourced information on fuel availability.
Information on fuel availability statistics, updated twice daily. http://www.oe.netl.doe.gov/emergency_sit_rpt.aspx
The Port of New York and New Jersey are open to all vessel transits with the exception of the Arthur Kill south of the Goethals Bridge. As of November 6, the Coast Guard reports that vessels may transit the Arthur Kill waterway but must do so at slow speed to avoid interfering with the ongoing oil spill clean up operations at Motiva’s Sewaren, NJ terminal. http://www.oe.netl.doe.gov/emergency_sit_rpt.aspx)