Northwest Passage Permitting — Phase 3

Quarterly Reports Other Documents Final Report
March 2013 Research Brief Final Report

Primary Investigators

Teresa M. Adams, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison


The efficient movement of freight is a key to the economic success of any state, region or nation. Rising transport costs will tend to make products from the region more expensive and less competitive in the national and global markets. This trend can be addressed by adding capacity, a very expensive and long-term solution; improving the management of the highway and rail systems; and by easing the regulatory burden on carriers.

Some states have organized themselves into compacts or coalitions to issue permits for these routine loads on a regional basis. While permitting is one of the issues often raised by truckers as a costly and frustrating process, a number of concerns over exactly how individual state rules can be harmonized to facilitate regional permitting must be resolved before multi-state agreements can be put into place. To better understand the nature of regional permitting processes, existing compact or agreements must be reviewed and their rules, processes and administrative procedures documented. In addition, members of those compacts must be interviewed to measure their perceptions of the costs and benefits entailed in regional agreements.


The results of the work will be used to increase efficiency of trucking in the Northwest corridor by reducing the confusion in regulations and requirement for oversize/overweight trips and by providing a single mechanism for obtaining permits for oversize/overweight loads moving over the corridor.


  1. Continue the conversation with stakeholders.
  2. Evaluate size and weight rules/policies across the state.
  3. Establish a regional dialog with the trucking industry.
  4. Initiate a management group.
  5. Document the effort in a final report.

Project Information

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Dates: April 1, 2012 – March 31, 2013
  • Budget: $25,000
  • Student Involvement: None
  • Modal Orientation: Highway
  • Project ID: CFIRE 06-02
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