WSR 08-07-092

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION


[ Filed March 19, 2008, 10:36 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Revision of WAC 468-38-071(4) Maximums and other criteria for special permits -- Divisible, revision of the rule is to comply with a legislative revision of RCW 46.44.0915 creating a heavy haul corridor on US 97 from the Canadian border to a point five miles into Washington state.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 46.44.090 and 46.44.0915.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The legislative revision to RCW 46.44.0915 provides for the maximum gross weight on the heavy haul corridor on US 97 that reflects the Canadian inter-provincial weights that will come into Washington on the corridor.

The revision to WAC 468-38-071 will outline the specific axle, axle spacing weights, and other criteria that will be allowed on the corridor to prevent undue damage to that segment of highway.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The WAC is enforced by the Washington state patrol.

Process for Developing New Rule: Negotiated rule making.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Jim Wright, Commercial Vehicle Services, P.O. Box 47367, Olympia, WA 98504-7367, phone (360) 704-6345, fax (360) 704-6350, wrightji@wsdot.wa.gov.

March 19, 2008

Stephen T. Reinmuth

Chief of Staff

Washington State Code Reviser's Office