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Pennsylvania State Regulations - Oversize Shipping, Trucking and Transport

Pennsylvania State DOT Trucking Information website:

Legal Loads

Length: 70’ total on divided 60’ on undivided. 3’ in font and 4’ in rear.  Max 6’ rear for undivisible loads.

Weight: 80,000 lbs. GVW

Width:  8’ on some routes and 8’ 6” on others.

Height: 13’ 6”


Routine heavy haul, oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits.

Length:  160’ depending on route.

Weight:  Single 27,000 lbs., 52,000 lbs. on Tandem, Tridem 63,000 lbs., Quadem, 72,000 lbs.  5 axles 116,000 lbs., 6 axle 120,000 lbs., 7 axle 136,000 lbs., 8 axles 201,000 lbs. Over 201,000 lbs is a superload.

Width: Figure up to 15’ as a routine permit.  16’ wide permits on major routes can be considered routine.  Over 16’ is a superload.

Height: 14’ 6” depending on routing. Anything over 16’ is a superload.

How to apply for heavy haul, wideload and oversize trucking permits.

Pennsylvania Central Permit Office
PO Box 2671, HArrisburg, PA  17105
Phone: 717-939-9551 ext. 2980
The normal hours of operation are Monday thru Friday 8 am until 4:30 pm.

Pilot Car - Escort vehicle requirements.

Length: All roads over 90’ require one rear/chase.
Width: 2 lanes over 13’ wide, one front escort and one rear.  3 lanes over 13’ wide only needs one rear.
Height: If over 14’ 6” you need a high pole escort.
Note: Permits are valid for 5 days only but it is possible to file for a 3 day one-time extension without additional fee’s.

Travel Restrictions

Travel is permitted 1/2 hour after sunrise and 1/2 hour before sunset Monday thru Friday and until 12 Noon on Saturdays.


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