LEGAL LIMITATIONS AND DEPARTMENT REGULATIONS
Legal LimitationsLouisiana is currently enforcing the compliance with the Federal Bridge Formula. See ADDENDUM A-13.
In accordance with the applicable provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act, R.S. 49:950, et seq., the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development adopted a rule regarding implementation of the “Bridge Formula” as it applies to vehicles which operate on the INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS of the state of Louisiana. The action was taken pursuant to Act 686 of the 1987 session of the Louisiana Legislature.
The Bridge Formula set forth in 23 USCA 127 and in L.R.S. 32:386 applies to all vehicles except:
a. Type Six (five axle configurations with one single axle and two sets of tandem axles) carrying one of the commodities listed in Item c.
b. Type Eight (six axle configuration with one single axle, one tandem axle and one tridum axle) carrying one of the commodities listed in Item c.
c. The above types of vehicles must be carrying the following commodities in their bulk or natural state: forest products, sand, gravel, agricultural products or lumber.
d. All permit loads including Containerized Cargo with a valid oversize/overweight permit are exempt from the bridge formula.