3 Essential Things Every Structural Mover Should Know About Route Planning

You’ve secured your load, now comes the hard part. The last thing you want to think about when moving an entire structure is an accident while you’re en route. Every factor must be considered, from utility hazards to vulnerable bridges.

It’s important to plan your route accordingly in order to anticipate every possible hurdle. This doesn’t end with simply mapping out the best roads to take. There are many other things to consider.

Let’s take a look at three important things every structural mover must know when route planning. Once you’ve considered these things, you’ll be ready to finish the job.

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1. Getting the Proper Permits

Most of the time, there are a number of permits attached to structural moving jobs. Obtaining these permits before the move is essential in avoiding any legal issues.

Moving permits may need to be in place for the area the structure is being moved from, along with jurisdictions you’ll pass through during the move. These include permits for transport in a public right-of-way. Often these are required by utility companies, highway departments, or the local governments you’re passing through.

If your route includes passing through private property, look into any approvals required by the landowner.

Some of these permits take time to acquire, so speak to the owner of the structure to make sure this is in motion prior to the move.

2. Identify Potential Hazards

For a structural mover, a big part of planning routes is determining if the structure will be able to navigate the roads. You’ll need to identify any hazards and take the proper steps to clear your path so you don’t get stuck.

Go over your route and look for narrow roads that could present a problem. Check all bridge sizes and weight limits to make sure you can pass over safely. You also need to check all utility elements such as light poles and electric lines.

Other smaller elements that may go unnoticed but could cause big problems are road signs, traffic lights, and fire hydrants. Make sure you can clear all of these features before the move. Many utility companies will aid in your passage if you need it.

3. Are Route Modifications Necessary?

Structural movers have the vehicles and know-how to traverse most roads, fields, or pastures. However, sometimes modifications or excavation needs to happen to reinforce terrain. It’s important you locate these areas along the route prior to the move.

  • If the ground is too soft in areas, steel plates should go down. Build temporary bridges over small ditches or streams.
  • Make sure and look for steep grades or drop-offs that pose a threat. A ramp may also be required from the ground level to the foundation of the new location.
  • Be sure to look for any tree limbs or other foliage along the route. You’ll want to cut back or remove them as required.

As a Structural Mover, Your Route Matters

Covering all your bases when it comes to planning your route will save time and stress during big moves. It also protects you and those around you.

These tips are meant to highlight the obstacles that could pop up along the way and cause major headaches. Plan ahead for a smooth ride and make the trip as easy as possible.

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