You know those truck drivers you see with their trucks stuck under bridges that didn’t have enough
clearance? If you’re a truck driver, there’s a way to avoid now, and it doesn’t involve trying to guess how tall a bridge is. The Washington State Department has a new online tool that allows truck drivers to easily research bridge heights – and potential conflicts – along their route.

The state route bridge vertical clearance trip planner uses GIS mapping to show drivers which bridges on their proposed route should be avoided or approached with caution because heights may vary by lane. It also helps when applying for trip permits.

There are also some potential private-sector uses for the trip planner. Fore more information, here’s a WSDOT article on it. To try it out, you can go here. It’s kind of fun to play around with.

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