Chapter 6: Routing and Permits

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Section 1: Role of District Permit Officers, District Bridge Inspection Coordinators, and the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles

One of the responsibilities of the District Permit Officer is to assist the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) in the evaluation of over-height and over-width permit routes. Should there be any question regarding the accuracy of the current electronic Bridge Inventory Files, the actual plans should be reviewed and/or a field visit made prior to issuing a permit. The TxDMV issues the permit only after review by the District Permit Officer, who also coordinates closely with the District Bridge Inspection Coordinator.A supplementary role of the District Bridge Inspection Coordinator is to notify the District Permit Officer of any changes to bridge load postings, particularly for bridges not previously posted. The TxDMV maintains a master set of maps showing the various width, height, and load restrictions on all highways. Each District Permit Officer coordinates with the TxDMV in maintaining the maps. Copies of the maps showing all restrictions for load, width, and heights on the various routes are distributed to each district.All permits are issued by the TxDMV with the cooperation of the District Permit Officer. For overweight permits, the District Permit Officer also works closely with the District Bridge Inspection Coordinator. Any superheavy permits must also be coordinated the Bridge Division (BRG) for structural evaluation of the bridges on a proposed route. This process is fully explained below.The TxDMV, in conjunction with the mover, selects a route based on known information in the Bridge Inventory Files, day-to-day construction status, road closures, and other known route restrictions.


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