Our Bridge Jumping 101 resource document, created in collaboration with IIS, provides considerations and recommendations for transport of freight over bridges.
As new power plants get larger, major components will naturally get larger and heavier. The infrastructure of the United States was not originally built to handle “super-loads,” extremely large loads whose definition varies from state to state; now a typical super-load move may require multiple full bridge studies.
But another major factor is the typical location of these plants – most are in very remote parts of the US, where roads and bridges have not seen a drastic amount of capital investment for rehabilitation or maintenance. Most bridges are capable of handling vehicles beyond the legal weight limit; refined analysis from third-party engineers, such as IIS, can provide analysis to local DOT officials that a bridge is capable of supporting a super-load.
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