To protect Butler County’s roads and bridges, the Butler County Engineer’s Office in conjunction with the Butler County Sheriff implemented a truck enforcement program on January 1, 1991. The program is designed to reduce the number of overweight trucks on our bridges, but has also evolved into a comprehensive truck safety enforcement program which benefits not only the motoring public, but the truck drivers themselves.
Saving lives by keeping our bridges safe from collapse is the Truck Weight Limit Enforcement Program’s primary goal. Prolonging our bridges’ life expectancy also saves taxpayers money by reducing the number of annual bridge replacements in an age when construction dollars are limited.
The BCEO/BCSO’s Truck Weight Limit Enforcement Program utilizes a full-time deputy who patrols the County and checks suspect vehicles for load limit violations by utilizing portable truck scales. He looks for visible loads, vehicles dropping material onto the roadway, “egged-out” tires, or how the truck seems to be riding.
The deputy also assists the cities and works closely with the State Highway Patrol and PUCO (Public Utilities Commission of Ohio) to enforce truck safety throughout Butler County. The only real solution to this problem however is voluntary compliance from the trucking industry.
How to Figure Your Legal Gross
Download Federal Bridge Formula Table below.
- Measure from the middle of your truck’s front axle to the middle of the last axle;
- Check left side of table for number of feet;
- Locate number of axles across top of table;
Example: 19 feet and 3 axles = legal gross of 50,000 lbs.
For more information, please contact Butler County Sherriff Deputy Tim Adams at 513-290-1504.