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Kentucky Now Issuing Overweight/Over Dimensional Permits Online

Oct. 16, 2019 - The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association reports that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has launched a new online system at the end of September for issuing travel permits for overweight/over-dimensional vehicle drivers. Using verified, real-time data, the program provides intelligent routing based on road closures, vehicle weight, and vehicle dimensions. It also features automated issuance for common permit types distributed by the Cabinet.

This enhancement signals additional progress in SC&RA’s Uniform Permit Transport 2021 (UPT2021) initiative towards fully automated permit route and analysis systems throughout the United States.

KYTC, in partnership with Bentley Systems Inc., developed the secure online portal to generate safe, efficient travel routes and streamline the permitting process.

Of note:

Applications including interstates and parkways only, with a passed route analysis will be auto issued with no office review 24/7 within the following weights and dimensions: 120’ long, 16’ wide, 13’6” high, 160,000lbs.

Using Bentley, any load 400,000 lbs and under, submitted to this office with an approved route analysis, is not required to be sent to the Bridge Preservation Branch; meaning there is the potential to have a 400,000-lb. permit issued the same day, within minutes.

Using Bentley, any load 180,000 lbs and over, submitted to this office with a failed route analysis, is required to be sent to BPB and may take 10-12 days for approval.  You may request office review for any failed analysis however, it could take up to 10 business days

“By moving the majority of the process online, we’re making it simple for OW/OD drivers to travel on Kentucky roadways,” said Department of Vehicle Regulation Commissioner Matt Henderson. “Now, almost every permit can be issued instantly from your computer at work or home, 24/7/365. We’re cutting red tape to make the permitting process more efficient for staff and more convenient for customers to haul everything from oversize equipment to boats.”


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