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Posted: 07/21/18 06:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

rr2254545 wrote:

RV trip wizard shows low clearance 12 4 in Bedford at Harris road - many underpasses that are arched have lower clearance at the sides - we ran into this in California a few month ago


That was the exact case, the right lane was showing 8’8” as the height, the center of the bridge was higher. That is why I stopped, switched over to the left lane, and slowly went through and made it.

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The parkways in NY near the city and Connecticut forbid trucks of any kind, period. You should have been pulled over and made to exit. The signs are everywhere and on all printed maps. You can’t even drive a car towing a u-haul trailer. The key word is parkway.

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Those parkways are soooo scary!! Glad you made it. Watch any parkways approaching NYC from Connecticut. All have those tiny bridges. Also Storrow Drive in Boston

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Here's a Google Maps street view link showing signage on the parkway the OP was on. Overhead sign says "passenger cars only" and words painted on the road say "no trucks low bridge". I can only assume the rest of the access points to this parkway have similar signs.
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azdryheat wrote:

Here's a Google Maps street view link showing signage on the parkway the OP was on. Overhead sign says "passenger cars only" and words painted on the road say "no trucks low bridge". I can only assume the rest of the access points to this parkway have similar signs.
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Just retraced my tracks, and you will see there are several entrances onto Saw Mill with no signs about "No Trucks" I did find some entrances that had signs about no trucks.

This road has no sign


This sign is covered by a tree. this was captured by google several years ago, by now, you probably can't even see the sign.

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There are HUGE signs warning of LOW BRIDGES before getting ON the Saw Mill Parkway.... Read the signs, not the phone... unless it is a truckers app with low clearance, don’t use it towing...

I use the Saw Mill for every trip to CT from PA, There is no way to get on the Parkway without seeing a sign... Or so I thought....



Just retraced my tracks, and you will see there are several entrances onto Saw Mill with no signs about "No Trucks" I did find some entrances that had signs about no trucks.

This road has no sign


This sign is covered by a tree. this was captured by google several years ago, by now, you probably can't even see the sign.

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I drove semi's for over 30 years, never happened to me.
I hope you have made an accurate measurement of RV height and even put a label near the drivers seat to keep you on your toes.
It can be a very simple/expensive mistake!

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Lowclearances.com has many low clearances that Garmin doesn't and vice-versa and AITA has more. No one app, device or map has them all.


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I sounds like you got on the Merritt Parkway in CT from the Saw mill in NY. When you are driving at 60 mph it is very hard to read some
of these signs, in big letters it says No Commercial vehicles and one would think I'm OK not a commercial vehicle, then in smaller letters it says no vehicles over 7500 lbs and a few other warnings. All these bridges are arched and some even in the middle you won't make it through. Glad you made it through OK.

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Posted: 07/22/18 04:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As you travel around this country you will find MANY things that are not on your maps or GPS. All you can do is be vigilant, read all of the warning signs, and drive carefully on roads that are new to you.
In Zion National Park in Utah, there are tunnels where they stop traffic in the other direction so RV's can travel down the center of the road to avoid hitting the tunnel roof that slopes to the sides.

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