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Posted: 06/16/22 01:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

enblethen wrote:

Here is listings used by City of Seattle
Clearances
Here is some basic information from
Federal Highways Administration


Clear zone is about horizontal clearance. It has nothing to do with overhead heights (I used to teach a class on clear zones).

There are rules for overhead structures (bridges, cables and other manmade items) but tree branches wouldn't fall under this.

It certainly doesn't hurt to contact the township but good luck pressing a claim. It will cost you more than the $200 to pursue it.


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wildtoad wrote:

Heck, the Feds have very little power versus the railroads. Raising a old RR bridge from 9’ to 13 or 14 feet would be really expensive.


The problem is most RR right-of-way (ROW) predates roadway ROW, so the RR holds legal priority to the ROW.

They can pay to raise a RR bridge but the RRs can apply pretty draconian requirements to maintain access while the work is done. Unlike roads, where there are often relatively easy ways to maintain traffic and/or detour traffic, it's much tougher with RRs.

Overall it's just a huge pain to deal with RRs.

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I think I will talk to the mayor about this at his next meet and greet. I never had much luck calling the township DPW.

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State roads around here, out in the country, tall trees in some areas completely cover the roads and the only "trimming" comes from tall trucks hitting the low limbs.....

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IF your neighborhood has public streets and you are NOT part of a Gated HOA, the city/township will probably trim the trees. Public streets and the clearance of such is the function of Government. You just need to let them know there is a problem. The noisy wheel gets the job handled. But, be polite. In Texas, the city came out and trimmed the trees at our HOA entrance because of this type problem. Doug

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PButler96 wrote:

enblethen wrote:

There are federal regulations for clearances.


For a township road in NJ? Perhaps the OP should call Joe Biden and ask him to send someone over with a chainsaw?

We have a railroad bridge a few miles away from home that the clearance is 10'-6", you drive a 1/2 mile on the same road and go under the same railroad line and that clearance is 9'-0". Not sure how the Feds look at that.


Well , Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of Transportation has stated, such bridges are Racist and they need to be modified, so as of now, the Feds do not like such bridges. Look it up, he HAS stated this. Doug

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dougrainer wrote:

PButler96 wrote:

enblethen wrote:

There are federal regulations for clearances.


For a township road in NJ? Perhaps the OP should call Joe Biden and ask him to send someone over with a chainsaw?

We have a railroad bridge a few miles away from home that the clearance is 10'-6", you drive a 1/2 mile on the same road and go under the same railroad line and that clearance is 9'-0". Not sure how the Feds look at that.


Well , Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of Transportation has stated, such bridges are Racist and they need to be modified, so as of now, the Feds do not like such bridges. Look it up, he HAS stated this. Doug


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