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(A) No person, firm or corporation shall operate on Thompson Road in the city any vehicle, truck, semi-trailer truck, tractor trailer unit, object or contrivance which exceeds twenty-five (25) tons or fifty thousand (50,000) pounds.
(B) Any vehicle which exceeds twenty-five (25) tons or fifty thousand (50,000) pounds which needs to travel Thompson Road and has no alternative route shall cross the C&O right-of-way at either the Pauley Bridge or Quail Ridge Subdivision and use the old road running on the opposite side of the C&O Railroad Company tracks which runs parallel to Thompson Road.
(C) Notwithstanding the provisions of divisions (A) and (B), any vehicle which exceeds twenty-five (25) tons or fifty thousand (50,000) pounds and has no alternative route other than Thompson Road, including the old C&O right-of-way road, may apply for a permit to exceed the twenty-five (25) tons or fifty thousand (50,000) pounds weight restriction on Thompson Road up to a maximum gross weight, including the load, of forty (40) tons or eighty thousand (80,000) pounds.
(1) The City Building Inspector may issue a permit to exceed the twenty-five (25) tons or fifty thousand (50,000) pounds weight limit on Thompson Road (not to exceed forty (40) tons or eighty thousand (80,000) pounds) if in the opinion of the Building Inspector, the permittee has no alternative route other than Thompson Road.
(2) The Building Inspector shall have the right to designate an appropriate length for the vehicle, the number of axles, and the weight per axle so long as the gross weight does not exceed forty (40) tons or eighty thousand (80,000) pounds.
(D) Any peace officer having reason to believe that the weight of any vehicle is in excess of the maximum limit described by this section or by permit issued pursuant thereto and is in the possession of the operator, may weigh it either by portable or stationary scale, and may require it to be driven to the nearest scales, if such scales are within the distance of five (5) miles from the point at which the vehicle is first directed to stop. If the officer shall determine that the operation of the motor vehicle was unlawful, he or she shall require the operator of the vehicle to unload such portion of the load as may be necessary to decrease the gross weight of the vehicle or, at his or her option, require the operator to leave the road at its nearest point. The refusal of the operator to permit his or her motor vehicle to be weighed shall constitute a violation of this section.
(E) Nothing in this section shall permit the operator of any vehicle to exceed any statute, law or regulation adopted by the Commonwealth of Kentucky or United States of America concerning weight limits of vehicles upon public highways.
(Ord. 0-90-024, passed 7-23-90) Penalty, see § 71.99