Posting and Bonding Overview
A posted roadway is any state or locally owned highway that has a weight restriction. The need for a weight restriction is determined through an engineering and traffic study (Publication 46) which examines the existing roadway conditions, including the pavement structure. The study will determine if increased traffic would weaken a roadway and therefore if the roadway should be posted. If a hauler wants to utilize a posted roadway, they must determine if they classify as local traffic or qualify for local determination. If they do not qualify for either of these classifications, the hauler can apply for a permit which requires an Excess Maintenance Agreement (EMA) with a bond.
An EMA ensures that the hauler completes any maintenance beyond the normal routine work. If the hauler does not complete the required maintenance, then their permit will be suspended. As part of the EMA and bonding process, an on-site inspection is completed by PennDOT to document the pre-existing condition of the roadway.
Depending on the type of hauling operation, one of the three types of permits is selected. For more information please review Publication 23, Chapter 15
of the Maintenance Manual that details the permitting requirements. Below are links to the applicable forms and applications.
*Additional forms of security may be acceptable. Contact the District Office for additional options.
This form* shall be completed and returned with the EMA only if you the USER are responsible to make all damage repairs (Option B in the EMA), and not the Department.
*The USER has the option to Self-Insure. Please contact the Program Manager for an application.
This form is required to add/drop a permit for a specific posted State Route.
Other forms the user may need throughout the EMA:
Haulers may be billed for a variety of cost recovery items. Costs billable to the hauler may include, but are not limited to, Initial Inspections, Interim Inspections, Final Inspections, Road Condition Surveys and any damages that result from the hauler’s use of the road as determined during inspections and surveys.
All payments for invoices shall be sent to:
Office of Comptroller Operations
AR PennDOT, Non-APRAS
PO Pox 15758
Harrisburg PA 17105