A 560,000-pound superload that had been mired in permit purgatory finally received clearance to begin its journey to Massachusetts.
The load, a giant generator, which sat on a 16-axle flatbed trailer, was originally scheduled to head from Quonset, R.I., to Medway, Mass., a trip that was supposed to take about 10 hours.
Bay Crane Northeast, the company hauling the load, was ordered to cease moving the load after officials with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation said the company failed to secure the appropriate permits to authorize an oversized haul. The truck and load spent nearly two weeks parked at a commuter parking lot near Warwick, R.I., before the two sides could agree to terms on a moving permit. The load left the parking lot on Monday evening.
According to reports from NBC 10 WJAR in Providence, a RIDOT employee spotted the truck on Interstate 95 on Tuesday, June 27. Authorities stopped the vehicle for traveling without a permit.
As part of the agreement, Bay Crane agreed to issue a $25 million insurance policy with the state as a co-insured party, pay for the cost of the Rhode Island State Police escort to the Massachusetts state line, and reimburse RIDOT $60,000 to cover the costs of the incident.
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