How to Move Oversize/Overweight Vehicles through Washington D.C. – Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure

Washington, D.C. is known for its dignitaries, history, tourists, and… traffic. “We have over 18 million visitors per year, and each day, throughout the work week, we have more than a million people that are commuting through the District. So traffic is an issue in Washington you can only imagine.” One of those traffic concerns is the safe transport of Oversize/Overweight vehicles through the district. Previously, the District Department of Transportation used paper maps and a geographic information system to manually determine safe routes for these vehicles. It was a cumbersome and time-consuming process. Not to mention, risky. “Washington, D.C., where you have really narrow streets, 68 square miles, and, you know, over a million commuters each day, can be quite an issue.” So the DOT chose to implement Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure’s Route Panning and Restriction Management System for Oversize/ Overweight vehicles. Now, everything is automated. The system allows truck drivers to apply for a permit online. The solution then pulls data together from several points to give the driver the safest route and issue the permit. “We’re making sure that it’s cross-referenced against our bridge data, any construction projects that might be ongoing throughout the District, where a curved lane, a travel lane might be taken out of service for an extended period of time. So looking at all the various data sets and aggregating that information, and then the output is: here is the most suitable route. By insuring the most suitable route, we will help to prevent vehicles from hitting overpasses. So you can only imagine what the return on investment would be if you can avoid just one bridge a year.” It’s saving time, money, and protecting the infrastructure on some of the most traveled roads in the United States. “With the volume of daily commuters and annual visitors, we just want to insure that we’re putting the trucks on the safest routes, the most efficient routes to improve the flow of traffic. So it’s part of our agency mission to move goods throughout the District safely and efficiently. This is going to help to insure that we are issuing permits at a high confidence level.”