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koda55

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Posted: 02/11/18 10:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I use the truck driver road atlas. This list all bridge heights. Tractor trailers are 13'6 inches tall. Many run low profile tires which makes them 13' 4". If your fifth wheel is actually 13' 6" when hooked up to your truck you could be in for a crunched front end on the 5er.

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One thing that really works for me when driving under a suspect bridge is just before I enter the underpass I duck. So far so good!

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25 years as a Police dispatcher MOSTLY on the Detroit Freeway Patrol.

And though on side streets there are some low clearances. I'm not aware of any freeway bridge under 14' A few under 16 foot (All marked) but none under 14'. Only had four cases of truck v/s bridge

One was a very oversize truck on I-96/M-14 east of I-275 Tarp hit the bridge, NO DAMAGE

One was during construction, Dump truck bed raised lifted a bridge right off the mounts.. This truck was well over 13' tall with the bed up in the DUMP position.

One was a fatal, garbage truck carrying a dumpster (they are not supposed to do that) also well over 14' tall hit a bridge, the dumpster sliced the salesman (not authorised to drive it) in half (ouch)

And one was a crain.. he just nicked a bridge, again over size load.

Oh and one car v/s bridge but how he got that high I have no clue. He hit the name of the road sign which was a good 18' above the freeway.


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