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Resolution 13-003-CCBOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Grant County, Washington A RESOLUTION GOVERNING EMERGENCY LOAD LIMITATIONS ON COUNTY ROADS, THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL MOTOR VEHICLE PERMITS TO USE ON WEIGHT RESTRICTED COUNTY ROADS, AND FIXING PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS THEREOF RESOLUTION NO. 13- t/�� -CC WHEREAS, pursuant to RCW 36.75.270 and 46.44.080, Grant County may prohibit or restrict vehicle operations or vehicle weight whenever any county road, by reason of rain, snow, climatic, or other conditions, will be seriously damaged or destroyed unless the operation of vehicles thereon is prohibited or restricted or their permissible weights reduced (such periods hereafter referred to as "load sensitive periods"); and WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Grant County, Washington, upon recommendation of the County Engineer, has deemed it advisable to place certain restrictions on various county roads during load sensitive periods to protect such roadways from extensive damage; and 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 WHEREAS, a RESOLUTION has been proposed with the following sections: Declaration of purpose Scope and construction of terms Definitions Emergency load limitations Special permits for authorized vehicles Maximum speed permitted on posted roads Penalty Action for damage Savings NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to RCW 46.44.080, BE IT HEREBY ORDAINED by the Board of County Commissioners of Grant County, as follows: SECTION 1 DECLARATION OF PURPOSE. It is hereby declared that the policy of the Board of County Commissioners is to: A. Establish general emergency load limitations upon county roads during load sensitive periods; B. Establish special load limitations for school buses, motor trucl<s transporting perishable commodities or commodities necessary to the health and welfare of county residents, and motor vehicles providing services necessary for health and welfare, when such emergency load limitations are in effect. 4) The load distribution on any axle of a vehicle shall be such that it will not load the tires on said axle in excess of the prescribed load, as set forth above, and any loading in excess of the specified maximum will be considered a violation of this Ordinance. 5) In an attempt to comply with requirements of this section, the power unit of any combination shall be sufficiently designed to lawfully handle the designated weight. 6) The special permit shall be clearly displayed in the lower right hand corner of the vehicle's windshield while moving on any restricted county road. C. The following limits on vehicle weights shall apply to vehicles receiving permits under Section 5: Conventional Pneumatic Tires Tire Width *7.00 7.50 8.25 9'.00 10.00 **11.00 *And Under **And Over Gross Load Each Tire 1800 Ibs. 1800 Ibs 1900 Ibs. 2250 Ibs. 2750 Ibs. 3000 Ibs. Tubeless or Special Pneumatic Tires With .5 Marl<in� Tire Width *8-22.5 9-22.5 10-22.5 1�-22.5 11-24.5 *.*12=22.5 Gross Load Each Tire 1800 Ibs. 1900 Ibs. 2250 Ibs. 2750 Ibs. 2750 Ibs. 3000 Ibs, If a vehicle has ten inch (10") or wider tires on the front axle�and otherwise qualifies for a permit, the' .• vehicle may be allowed to have ten thousand pounds (10,000 Ibs.) gross weight on said front axle under emergency load limitations. Tires over eleven inches (11") in width may be issued a special permit for loads of three thousand � pounds (3,000 Ibs.) plus four hundred pounds (,400 Ibs.).per inch of tire in excess of eleven inches (11"), up to five thousand two hundred fifty pounds (5,250 Ibs.) per tire. D. Any vehicle requiring a special permit under Section 5 shall not exceed thirty-five miles per hour (35 M.P.H.) on any county road subject to emergency load limitations. E. Where a specific hardship occurs, variances from these special permit weight limitations may, at discretion of the County Engineer, be issued on a case-by-case basis. Such variance permits may allow a vehicle to exceed the gross weight limits of this section, subject to specified times and routes of movement needed to protect the county roads from serious damage. SECTION 6 MAXIMUM SPEED PERMITI�ED ON POSTED ROADS Except where applicable law specifies a lower speed, the County Engineer may post a reduced speed limit as low as thirty-five miles per hour (35 M.P.H.) upon any county road under emergency load limitations. SECTION 7 PENALTY Any person violating any emergency load limitation on a county road during a load sensitive period shall be in violation of this Resolution. A violation of this Resolution shall constitute a traffic infraction under the provisions of RCW 46.44.105, RCW 46.44.100, and RCW 46.44.080, subjecting the violator to the monetary penalties provided in RCW 46.44 and RCW 46.61. SECTION 8 ACTION FOR DAMAGES Any person operating a motor vehicle upon any county road in violation of any provision of this Resolution shall be liable under RCW 46.44.110 and RCW 46.44.120 for any damage caused to such county road as the result of such violation. SECTION 9 SAVINGS If any provision of this Resolution or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the Resolution or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected. NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, this Resolution is passed and adopted and shall be effecti�e and enforced on and afterthe 8th Day of Januarv , 2013 , and shall be published in the official County newspaper. DATED this 8th day of Januarv , 2013 Yea Nay Abstain � � � � � � � � � `BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS GRANT COUNTY, WASHINGTON Cindy Carte Chair Car da� n Swartz, Vice hair � ° -�-----.__. � Richard Stevens, Member