ProMiles Software Development Corp. recently announced that carriers will soon have the ability to automatically route oversize/overweight loads online within the state of Texas. Based on ProMiles software, TxDOT’s new system will cut operating costs and provide easier, more efficient ways of routing these types of loads than previously available, the software provider says.
“Routing oversize and overweight loads can be extremely complex and time-sensitive, and requires cooperation among multiple partners,” says Carol Davis, director of TxDOT’s Motor Carrier Division. “Accurate routing plays a key role in reducing congestion, enhancing safety, expanding economic opportunity and preserving our transportation assets.”
ProMiles will develop and implement a Web-based software routing solution for use by TxDOT and its customers to automatically generate and evaluate alternate routes for transporting OS/OW loads on Texas’s roadways. Texas has more than 80,000 centerline miles of state-maintained roadways (almost 200,000 lane miles). There are more than 49,000 bridges in the state, of which nearly 8,000 are not over waterways and therefore present potential vertical clearance limitations to roadways running under them.
ProMiles says its solution will take advantage of TxDOT’s current technical architecture and available roadway data and will substantially reduce the time it takes to process OS/OW permits, allow TxDOT to meet increasing demand for services, increase the safety of the traveling public, improve TxDOT’s tracking of structures that affect OS/OW routing, and provide the ability to track the transport of OS/OW loads on Texas’s roadways. The new system is expected to be available within 24 months.
“With over 500,000 oversize/overweight permits issued in Texas last year, and a 25 percent growth rate over the past three years, we clearly need a better way to route loads safely, improve our ability to track their movement on our highways and bridges, and meet our customers’ needs efficiently,” Davis says. “TxPROS will provide us with the next-generation of truck routing software to meet those goals.”