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Old 10-29-2012, 08:43 AM   #1
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Worlds toughest bridge....

Funny.....not so much.

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Old 10-29-2012, 09:03 AM   #2
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We have one of those bridges in Defiance, O. No amount of signs and flashing lights can trigger some peoples thought processes.
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Yow! Doesn't say much for drivers in Durham, NC!
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How many of these crashes could have been avoided by posting the vehicle's height on the dashboard where the driver can see it?
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:42 AM   #6
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How many of these crashes could have been avoided by posting the vehicle's height on the dashboard where the driver can see it?
But how fun would that be?
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But how fun would that be?
Answer: not! We'd have to find another low bridge!
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"The camper it too tall" says the bridge, "Oh nevermind" Now that was funny!
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Answer: not! We'd have to find another low bridge!
By state, the lowest bridge on a named or numbered road/street, according to the American Independent Truckers' Association (states where the lowest clearance is higher than the 11'8" bridge in Durham, NC are not listed):

Alabama: AL-10 in Greenville, 10'0"
Arizona: 6th Avenue in Tucson, 10'11"
Arkansas: AR-69 in Turmann, 9'0"
Connecticut; CT-146 in Branford, 9'6"
Delaware: Local Road 263A in Wooddale, 9'6"
Florida: Palm Avenue under the I-95 overpass in Jacksonvolle, 8'6"
Illinois: IL-62 at Genesco, 10'0"
Indiana: IN-17 in Plymouth, 11'0"
Iowa: US-61 in Davenport, 11'8"
Kentucky: KY-867 in Royalton, 8'0"
Maine: ME-24 in Richmond, 11'2"
Maryland: MD-36 in Frostburg, 10'4"
Massachussetts: MA-3 in Cambridge, 9'2"
Minnesota: MN-39 in Duluth, 11'0"
Mississippi: Riverside Avenue at Clarksdale, 10'9"
New Hampshire: NH-135 in Dalton, 10'3"
New Jersey: Parsonage Road in Menlow Park, 8'6"
New Merxico: FR-4184 in Aztec, 11'3"
New York: NY-5 under the Queensboro Bridge, 8'5"
Ohio: OH-175 in Solon, 10'0"
Pennsylvania: PA-616, railroad bridge N of PA-851, 8'1"
Rhode Island" Blackstone Avenue in Pawtucket, 9'3"
South Carolina: SC-10 2 miles MW of McCormick, 10'6"
South Dakota: Alt US-16 in Keystone, 9'7"
Tennessee: TN-87 in Henning, 8'0"
Vermont: US-2 in Waterbury, 11'0"
Virginia: VA-102 in Bluefield, 8'9"
West Virginia: WV-17 in Logan, 9'4"
Wisconsin: WI-32 in Milwaukee, 11'0"

Some of these are low enough that my Airstream Interstate (9'8" at highest point) wouldn't fit.
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Old 10-29-2012, 01:08 PM   #10
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How many of these crashes could have been avoided by posting the vehicle's height on the dashboard where the driver can see it?
That is a great idea for the commercial trucks. The owners of the fifth wheel campers should know the height of their campers. However, that being said, after you posted all the really low bridge heights, I realize that I don't know the height of my TW. It is not very high, especially since I have removed the roof top AC unit, but I suspect it is over 8 ft, so it would not fit under the 8'-0" bridges in Kentucky and Tennessee.

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Old 10-29-2012, 01:38 PM   #11
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right on the truck

most rental box trucks I have seen have the min height written on the driver's side of the box [I]backwards[I] such that when you look in the rearview mirror you (as the driver) see the height of the vehicle you are driving; so puttin' it on the dash would be just that much more ignored info (said the airstreamer whose vanity plate reads: ALbashr)
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most rental box trucks I have seen have the min height written on the driver's side of the box [I]backwards[I] such that when you look in the rearview mirror you (as the driver) see the height of the vehicle you are driving…
Yah. So many drivers ignore their mirrors except when backing or changing lanes. Sometimes even then.
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This is an excellent reminder to post the information on the dash or windshield in case someone else needs to operate your RV.

The above post of low overheads I am sure is far from compete. These are only on the truck routes? You with a RV are probably going to be into many parks etc, with low overhead risks.

Know and post your height now while you are thinking about it. I have just done that with MS Word.

12’2” 3.7 METER

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The above post of low overheads I am sure is far from compete.
Indeed it is incomplete. I merely picked out the one lowest listing for bridge underpasses for each state from the AITA web page, so show that Durham, NC doesn't have a monopoly on low bridges, just on filming the accidents at one. The list doesn't include tunnels, covered bridges, overhanging tree limbs, power/phone/cable lines, special event banners, or other things that could grab the top of your trailer.

The only reason I know that my Interstate is 9'8" tall at the rooftop AC is because the dealer had the number posted on the dashboard for the benefit of the sales staff, and I saw it during my test drive.
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