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Old 07-27-2015, 01:06 PM   #1
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Propane thru tunnels

Recent comment said propane tank shut off is allowed thru Chesapeke Tunnel . When I approached tunnel at Mobile Alabama sign said HAZARDOUS cargo ,propane prohibited ! I had to take the bridge ! Are propane tanks allowed if shut off ?
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I would not have considered the propane in my RV as cargo, what if the truck was powered by propane, gasoline is hazardous too, sign, clear as mud.
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It depends on the tunnel. Some allow it. Some allow it, but it has to be off. Others don't allow it.

Around Baltimore are 2 tunnels and, about 15 miles extra, a bridge. The tunnels don't allow propane in the quantities that RVs hold- you have to take the bridge. I believe that FRF member Herk/Lou has been cited for it there.
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Recent comment said propane tank shut off is allowed thru Chesapeke Tunnel . When I approached tunnel at Mobile Alabama sign said HAZARDOUS cargo ,propane prohibited ! I had to take the bridge ! Are propane tanks allowed if shut off ?

Been through that tunnel several times. The sign does not mean RVs and the propane tanks on them. Take the tunnel when it is an easier route and not the bridges. The tunnel is not that long. The sign is for Semi- Haulers with Hazardous cargo trailers.
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When I approached tunnel at Mobile Alabama sign said HAZARDOUS cargo ,propane prohibited !
Circling back to this one, it might be worth contacting the Alabama state's highway administration for clarification.
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Been through that tunnel several times. The sign does not mean RVs and the propane tanks on them. Take the tunnel when it is an easier route and not the bridges. The tunnel is not that long. The sign is for Semi- Haulers with Hazardous cargo trailers.
This is incorrect. Both Baltimore tunnels limit propane to max 10 lbs per container. See Below. If you have 20lb tanks you will be stopped and then it is up to you to prove there is lass than 10 lbs in them. Unless they are all empty might easily eat up any time savings.

Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) govern the transport of hazardous materials across our toll facilities. Under these regulations, vehicles carrying bottled propane gas in excess of 10 pounds per container (maximum of 10 containers), bulk gasoline, explosives, significant amounts of radioactive materials, and other hazardous materials are prohibited from using the Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) or the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895). The Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695, the Baltimore Beltway) is a convenient alternative route for crossing Baltimore's Harbor.
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Been through that tunnel several times. The sign does not mean RVs and the propane tanks on them. Take the tunnel when it is an easier route and not the bridges. The tunnel is not that long. The sign is for Semi- Haulers with Hazardous cargo trailers.
X2. Drive that tunnel like you own it. If you watch, there are hundreds of RV's using the tunnel, every day in summer.

Maybe they mean transporting in excess of 100 lbs. of propane (10x10), dynomite, fresh out after the 4th, as for the other stuff, unless you can buy it at wally world, I have no idea on that stuff.

See you on the otherside. Seriously, if they meant RV's, they would hopefully post signage well in advance to allow safe exit to Alt. route. Professional drivers, who carry such cargo, know what tunnels are acceptable, and plan their route well in advance. Just sayin'
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Circling back to this one, it might be worth contacting the Alabama state's highway administration for clarification.
Alabama @ AARoads - U.S. Highway 98 Westbound - Mobile County

speaks about commercial vehicles in tunnel at Moblile.

The tunnel in Mobile, Al - iRV2 Forums
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This is incorrect. Both Baltimore tunnels limit propane to max 10 lbs per container. See Below. If you have 20lb tanks you will be stopped and then it is up to you to prove there is lass than 10 lbs in them. Unless they are all empty might easily eat up any time savings.

Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) govern the transport of hazardous materials across our toll facilities. Under these regulations, vehicles carrying bottled propane gas in excess of 10 pounds per container (maximum of 10 containers), bulk gasoline, explosives, significant amounts of radioactive materials, and other hazardous materials are prohibited from using the Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) or the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895). The Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695, the Baltimore Beltway) is a convenient alternative route for crossing Baltimore's Harbor.
I am speaking about about Alabama. Mobile Alabama is not the same as in Maryland Baltimore..
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This is incorrect. Both Baltimore tunnels limit propane to max 10 lbs per container. See Below. If you have 20lb tanks you will be stopped and then it is up to you to prove there is lass than 10 lbs in them. Unless they are all empty might easily eat up any time savings.

Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) govern the transport of hazardous materials across our toll facilities. Under these regulations, vehicles carrying bottled propane gas in excess of 10 pounds per container (maximum of 10 containers), bulk gasoline, explosives, significant amounts of radioactive materials, and other hazardous materials are prohibited from using the Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) or the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895). The Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695, the Baltimore Beltway) is a convenient alternative route for crossing Baltimore's Harbor.
Well thats about as clear as mud, 10 lbs per container not over 10 containers allowed which in my simple math is 100 lbs. So if you can carry 2 containers with 40 lbs your still under the 100 lb restriction. Now that's RED TAPE. Not saying your wrong but kinda of stupid.....Goverment..
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