Chapter 10.08


10.08.010    State provisions adopted.

10.08.020    Permits for oversize or overweight vehicles.

10.08.030    Application for permits.

10.08.040    Fee for permits.

10.08.050    Load restrictions on certain streets and highways.

10.08.060    Projections on wheels or tracks prohibited.

10.08.010 State provisions adopted.

The Municipality of Skagway adopts by reference the provisions of Chapter 25 of Title 17 of the Alaska Administrative Code pertaining to size and weight limitations on vehicles, which will be enforced in the municipality.

(Ord. 11-18, Amended, 09/01/2011; Ord. 86-8, Repealed & Replaced, 02/13/1986; Ord. 84-15 § 4 (part), Repealed & Replaced, 09/13/1984)

10.08.020 Permits for oversize or overweight vehicles.

In addition to any permit which the state may require for the movement of oversize or overweight vehicles on state highways, any such vehicle must have a municipal permit before it can lawfully operate or move upon streets or highways within the municipality. The police chief may, upon application, issue a special permit in writing, authorizing the applicant to operate or move a vehicle or combination of vehicles in excess of the size or weight limitations established in 17 AAC 25 on any public street or highway in the municipality upon the following terms and conditions:

A.    Such vehicles may be operated only on streets or highways where the pavement is capable of carrying the weight and equipment without injury to such pavement, and along such routes as will least interfere with or endanger other users of the streets.

B.    No vehicle shall be operated which has a weight including load of over seven hundred fifty (750) pounds per inch width of tires.

C.    Vehicles, including load, that are overwidth shall have displayed across the front and the rear, red flags during the day and red lights during the hours of darkness, at the extreme limits of the width of the vehicle or load and not over the length, shall have displayed during the hours of darkness red lights along the sides not over eight (8) feet apart, and said vehicle shall not exceed a speed of fifteen (15) miles per hour.

D.    Pilot cars shall be provided with all vehicles or loads over eight feet (8’) in width. The front and rear cars must have signs reading "Wide Load Ahead." Both signs shall be on a white background with red letters at least six inches (6") high. It shall be a violation of this title for cars to display this sign when not actually engaged in escorting a wide load.

E.    Police escort shall be required for all vehicles with loads twelve (12) feet or more in width.

(Ord. 11-18, Amended, 09/01/2011; Ord. 84-15 § 4 (part), Repealed & Replaced, 09/13/1984)

10.08.030 Application for permits.

A.    The permits referred to in Section 10.08.020 above may be obtained from the police chief upon written application setting forth a description of the object to be transported or the vehicle or vehicles to be driven, the route desired to be traversed, the hours within which it is desired to perform the work, the means of locomotion to be used, and such other information as may be required. The applicant shall, as a condition to the issuance of the permit, execute and deliver to the municipality a good and sufficient surety or cash bond in the sum of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00), conditioned to save the municipality harmless from all injuries which may be occasioned by reason of granting of such permit, or the use of any public street or highway thereunder, or of any act or omission; provided, the issuance of such permit shall not be construed as a waiver of the right of the municipality to recover for any injury to the street or highway or other property of the municipality resulting from transportation pursuant thereto.

B.    The applicant will be charged for all costs incurred by the moving of power lines, telephone lines, traffic signals and other obstructions within the right-of-way. A cash deposit may be required to assure payment for these services.

C.    The borough manager, with the cooperation of the chief of police and the fire chief is hereby authorized to determine and to specify in such permits the routes to be traversed, the hours of operation, and such other limitations which in his opinion are required for the public convenience and safety.

(Ord. 11-18, Amended, 09/01/2011; Ord. 84-15 § 4 (part), Repealed & Replaced, 09/13/1984)

10.08.040 Fee for permits.

No fee for permits shall be required, except in those cases where escort vehicles must be provided by the municipality or additional inspections are required, and in that event, the borough manager is authorized to set a fee which, in his discretion shall be sufficient to reimburse the municipality for its expenses.

(Ord. 11-18, Amended, 09/01/2011; Ord. 84-15 § 4 (part), Repealed & Replaced, 09/13/1984)

10.08.050 Load restrictions on certain streets and highways.

The borough manager is hereby authorized to determine and designate those streets or highways upon which vehicles of a gross weight permitted hereunder would create a hazard or cause undue damage to the roadway, and shall erect appropriate signs stating the reduced gross weight permitted on such designated streets. When signs are so erected giving notice thereof, no person shall disobey the instructions stated on such signs.

(Ord. 11-18, Amended, 09/01/2011; Ord. 84-15 § 4 (part), Repealed & Replaced, 09/13/1984)

10.08.060 Projections on wheels or tracks prohibited.

No person shall, without the police chief’s written permission, drive or propel any vehicle or object upon any paved street or highway in the municipality, which has any wheel, tire or track made or equipped with spikes, cleats, lugs or other attachments or projections, except tire chains and studded tires.

(Ord. 11-18, Amended, 09/01/2011; Ord. 84-15 § 4 (part), Repealed & Replaced, 09/13/1984)