Drivers Warned to Obey US-60 Bridge Weight Limits
By West Kentucky Star Staff
SMITHLAND, KY - Kentucky State Police Troopers and Officers with the KSP Division of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement have stepped up enforcement of the load limit on the US 60 Cumberland River Bridge at Smithland.
Keith Todd with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said police are stepping up enforcement in response to a number of recent complaints about overweight trucks crossing the bridge.
According to KYTC regulations, trucks crossing the bridge have the following gross weight restrictions:
Type I Trucks 23 Tons (2 axle)
Type II Trucks 23 Tons (3 axle)
Type III Trucks 26 Tons (4 axle)
Type IV Trucks 35 Tons (5 axle-Semi)
Load limit information is posted at the end of all Kentucky bridges. Todd said it is the responsibility of the Commercial Drivers License holder to obey bridge weight restrictions. While farm trucks hauling crops and trucks hauling certain natural resources are given a margin of error on some highways, all bridge load limits still apply and cannot be exceeded.
While officers are on-site they will also be enforcing the 35 mile per hour speed limit on the bridge.