Road Weight Limit Ordinance
Hancock, New Hampshire
Date: March 2, 2007
Governing Laws: RSA 231:191
Purpose: The Town of Hancock expends considerable public funds on maintenance of its road network. Studies have shown that excessive vehicle weights contribute to the early failure of traveled surfaces, particularly during the spring thaw. The Town of Hancock also recognizes the economic benefit derived from commercial hauling operations. This ordinance is enacted to assure that the delicate balance between preserving our road network and commercial hauling can be maintained.
Effective Date: This ordinance will take effect 7 calendar days after Selectboard signature.
Road Postings will take effect 24 hours after the signs have been duly erected unless otherwise mentioned.
Ordinance: It shall be unlawful for any person, partnership or corporation to operate any vehicle on any class IV, V, or VI highway within the Town of Hancock that violates any provision of this ordinance. Any Class IV, V, or VI highway that has a reduced load limit, other than that allowed by RSA 266:17-26, shall be posted in accordance with currently acceptable practices and technology.
Exemptions: Emergency vehicles, Home Fuel Delivery trucks, Government owned vehicles, and School buses shall be exempt from this ordinance. Also exempt from this ordinance are residents whose only access to their residence or place of business is across a posted road. The ordinance will be considered waived provided the vehicle they are operating is used to get to and from their primary residence or business and is operated without a significant load.
a. The Hancock Road Agent will use the Guidelines for Spring Road Use Restrictions published by the UNH Technology Transfer Center in determining the need to post for mud season. The degree day temperature method will be utilized to determine the need to post any road. The Highway Department will keep the degree day log based on the weather station at the Highway Department.
b. When to close a particular road will be based on the type of travel surface of any particular road. As a guide the following information is provided:
1. Unpaved roads or any paved road that has been overlaid or reconstructed within the last 5 years, or any paved road with a pavement thickness of 2 inches or less may be posted after 5 consecutive positive Cumulative melting degree days (CMDD).
2. All other paved roads may be posted after 10 consecutive positive CMDD.
C. Road postings will be lifted as soon as the Road Agent determines that the threat to the public road has been eliminated. As a guide, the Guidelines for Spring Road Use Restrictions published by the UNH Technology Transfer Center will be utilized as well as local knowledge of the particular road.
a. Load limit posting will take effect immediately, once signs are legally posted. The Hancock Road Agent will attempt to locate the hauler/responsible party to discuss alternate routes. If no alternate routes are available, a restoration bond will be required before any waivers are granted.
b. As soon as practical, the Hancock Road Agent will inform the Hancock Administrative Assistant. The Administrative Assistant will contact the Chair of the Selectboard and apprise them of the situation.
c. At the next regularly scheduled Selectboard meeting, the Road agent will brief the entire board of the situation and resolution. The Selectboard can increase or reduce any conditions that have been imposed by the Hancock Road Agent.
a. Kimball Road from Route 202 to Forest Road-10 ton load limit.
b. Antrim Road Bridge (twin Culverts)-6 ton load limit
Waivers: Waivers from load limit restrictions may be obtained from the Hancock Road Agent.
Restoration Bond: If a Restoration bond is required, the following guidelines will be used as a means to determine the bond amount.
1. The waiver permit will specify the roads that will be covered under this bond. The Hancock Road agent will measure the distance of the affected road/roads. The Hancock Road agent will calculate the full cost of total reconstruction of the affected roadway. Paved roads will be calculated using current pricing for full depth reclamation with 3 inches of bituminous asphalt layer. Gravel Road will be calculated using a cost to remove any unsuitable material, and then reconstruct using 6 inch minus bank run base gravel, and ¾ inch crush gravel.This figure will represent the maximum bond amount.
2. The Hancock Road Agent will determine the most likely extent of damage possible for the particular situation. They will consider the number of vehicles, maximum weight of vehicles, age of the affected road, and any other pertinent information about the particular situation. All these variables will be used to calculate a percentage of risk. (1%-100%). This percentage risk will be multiplied by the full cost of restoration to determine the preliminary bond amount.
3. The Hancock Road Agent will provide the Hancock Selectboard with a proposed bond amount, conditions to attach to the waiver and any other information the Board may require.
4. The Selectboard will determine the official bond amount at their next regularly scheduled meeting. This will become the official bond amount that will be required.
5. The waiver will be granted, with any conditions, once the town has received the full bond amount. At the time the Board has received the full bond amount, the Hancock Road Agent and the waiver applicant will survey all roads covered under the bond. Written or video documentation will be held as to the prior condition of the road.
6. The release of the bond will happen after the project is 100% complete and the Hancock Road Agent has re-surveyed the road for any damage. Any damage must be repaired to the Town of Hancock Specifications prior to the releasing of the bond.
Penalty: Whoever shall fail to comply with any provision of this ordinance shall be guilty of a violation and subject to fine of $250.00 for a first occurrence, and $500.00 for any subsequent occurrence. For the purposes of this ordinance, each load hauled, transported, or moved over a posted road shall be a separate occurrence.