280-ton truck without permit grounded along I-95 in Rhode Island

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Updated Jul 1, 2017

A 560,000-pound truck running without its overweight permit remains grounded by state officials on the side of I-95 in Rhode Island where it’s been causing traffic delays this past week.

Bay Crane Northeast, which had applied for but not received a permit for the huge haul, had been carrying a massive generator on a 16-axle truck when it was spotted Tuesday by an engineer with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT).

The truck was soon pulled over after having already crossed four bridges. The truck was en route to crossing a total of 40 bridges, some of which RIDOT says are structurally deficient and would have likely collapsed under the 280-ton load.

Bay Crane, a crane rental and transportation company based in New York, said it left North Kingstown, R.I. for Massachusetts thinking that it was going to receive the permit.

“I could care less what made them do what they want to do,” RIDOT Director Peter Alviti told turnto10.com. “I know they’re not going any further.”

DOT officials are trying to determine an alternate route for the truck, that or the generator will have to be disassembled and moved in separate trips. The process could take weeks or months.

Meanwhile, curious motorists continue to slow down and look at the huge load, causing traffic delays.