Partnering with the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA) and the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association, CRA recently designed a seasonal weight restrictions app for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.
Along with a revamped seasonal weight restrictions webpage, the app will allow heavy haulers to be more informed about seasonal weight restrictions, ultimately leading to safer, better roads.
In 2019, CRA met with members of the timber, agriculture, commercial hauling, infrastructure builders and aggregate industries to brainstorm ideas for a seasonal weight restrictions app.
“MITA was happy to partner with CRA and the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association to create this app,” said Rachelle VanDeventer, Vice President of Industry Relations with MITA. “It will be a valuable tool for both companies and individuals during thawing season. It may be a simple concept, but the app will change roads for the better because it is informing users of how they can reduce their loads and speeds, therefore protecting roads from further damage.”
Seasonal weight restrictions allow county road agencies to regulate the speed limit and the amount of weight trucks carry, therefore reducing damage and maintaining roads.
County road agencies can require weight restrictions on roads not designated as “all season,” since seasonal roads are thinner and not designed for trucking year-round.
By law, counties are required to post the date of seasonal weight restrictions and indicate to which roads the restrictions apply. CRA’s new app and updated website go above and beyond in informing the public of seasonal weight restrictions.
“The new seasonal weight restrictions app provides people with the opportunity to be well-informed about a crucial way we can keep our roads safe,” Denise Donohue, Executive Director of CRA, said. “Technology is an ever-growing field, and this app shows that CRA is a thought leader and innovator in the transportation industry. With this new way of distributing information, businesses across the state can help protect our roads from damage in the upcoming season.”
The goal of CRA and its partners is to ultimately offer user-friendly, straightforward ways of communicating seasonal weight restrictions to businesses and individuals in Michigan. With the debut of this pro-business seasonal weight restrictions app and the updated website, Michiganders across the state can take another step forward in protecting and preserving our roads.