Have a look at our photos but show yours off as well.
Have a look at our photos but show yours off as well.
Please share your expertise or knowledge with other visitors below.
Locate trucking companies and pilot car companies in Massachusetts:
Massachusetts heavy haul trucking company directory.
Massachusetts pilot cars and truck escorts.
Massachusetts oversize trucking permits.
Legal load limits.
Massachusetts DOT legal load size and weight limitations:
Length: We’ve got 48′ on a trailer length and that you have to have a permit for a 53′ trailer. Working on an overall legal length. Please comment below.
Height: 13′ 6″ is the maximum height allowed.
Weight: 8′ 6″ in the maximum height allowed by the Massachusetts DOT – see MA DOT website for legal limits.
Overhang: 3′ in the front and 4′ off of the rear of trailer.
Massachusetts oversize and overweight trucking permits that are issued the the DOT routinely:
Length: 115′ is the maximum load length on a routine trucking permit.
Width: 14′ 11″ wide is the limit on routine permits.
Height: 14′ 11″ on the maximum height as well for routine permits.
Weight: Everything depends on the axle spacings here. You will still max out at about 130,000 lbs and after that it’s probably a superload but you never know – axle spacings and routing is everything.
Overhang: Case by case basis. Figure probably around 12′ but may be more.
Notes: Any loads over 13′ 8″ are going to require a route survey unless it is main road routing with simplicity. There is no fee for a special handling permit for vehicles that are under the following restrictions: 12′ 0″ wide, 13′ 6″ height, 99,000 lbs maximum, 100′ in length.
Massachusetts superload information:
For shipments in excess of 130,000 lbs depending on your route you may be classified as a superload. We need more superload information on this state if you can share your superload experience with the Massachusetts DOT we’d sure appreciate it. See below for easy comments.
Massachusetts DOT travel time and restrictions for oversize and overweight shipments:
Daylight hours are define as from sunrise to sunset. You are permitted to travel Monday morning from 12’01 am until 12 noon on Saturday morning during the daylight hours. This includes shipments that are between the width of 12′ and 14′, over 80′ in length (but not over 115′) and over 14′ in height with the exception of 3:30 PM until 7 PM due to traffic density on Mondays thru Fridays. For shipments that are in excess of 14′ wide and over 115′ in length are permitted to travel only between the hours of 9:30 AM until 3:30 PM and may travel only on the days of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. Additional restrictions may apply depending on your routing so be sure to refer to the documentation on your physical permit before commencing movement. You may not travel on any of these holidays: New Years day, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day.
Massachusetts DOT may require your shipment to have pilot car or escort vehicles if you are over any of the following:
ROADS AND HIGHWAYS:
Length: 80′ – 94′ 11″ in length will require you to have 1 rear pilot car/escort. If over 94′ 11″ you are required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car. If you are over 134′ in length you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car as well as a police escort.
Width: Shipments that are from 12′ 1″ and up to 13′ 6″ wide require 1 rear escort vehicle unless you are shipping a dozer. A dozer requires 1 front pilot car and 1 rear escort vehicle. For shipments in excess of 13′ 6″ you are required to have 1 front pilot car and 1 rear escort on all roads.
Height: If your shipment is in excess of 13′ 8″ you are required to have a high pole survey. If you shipment is over 14′ 11″ you are required to have 1 front pilot car with a high pole and 1 rear escort with a police escort.
Weight: Depending on your routing and if you can maintain the minimum required posted speed limits you will more than likely not be required to have a pilot car or escort vehicle by the Massachusetts DOT.
Overhang: If you have over 4′ of rear overhang consisting of long materials like poles, boat masts and booms you will be required to have 1 rear escort vehicle. If you have equipment with overhang in excess of 10′ of more you will be required to have 1 rear escort vehicle.
Notes: If the routing on your shipment will take your through tunnels you will be required to have at a minimum 1 rear escort vehicle if over 8′ 6″ – 12′ wide.
Length: If your shipment is over 80′ but under 85′ you are required to have 1 rear escort vehicle. If your shipment is over 85′ but less than 135′ you are required to have 1 front pilot car and 1 rear escort vehicle. If your shipment is in excess of 135′ you will be required to have 1 front pilot car, 1 rear escort vehicle and 2 police escorts.
Width: If your shipment is in excess of 12′ you will be required to have 1 rear escort vehicle. If your shipment is in excess of 13′ wide you will be required to have 1 front pilot car, 1 rear escort vehicle. If your shipment is in excess of 15′ you will be required to have 1 front pilot car and 1 rear escort vehicle plus 2 police escorts.
Height: We have found no reference to pilot car high pole requirements on the Massachusetts turnpike. If you have any information please help others by commenting below.
Weight: Weight restrictions are handled on a case by case basis for the Massachusetts turnpike.
Overhang: 1 rear escort is required if you have overhand in excess of 4′ that it skinny in nature like a long pole, boat mast, etc. If overhang is in excess of 10′ but not skinny in nature you will be required to have 1 rear escort vehicle.
Notes: The turnpike can do pretty much whatever they want so if you find your trip requirements modified from what you expected then that is just the way it is. You could always appeal the decision. For items suck as drivable cranes and booms up to about 12′ in width you are usually required to have 1 rear escort vehicle.
IN THE CITY OF BOSTON:
Notes: If you are overweight or oversize you will most likely be required to have at a minimum, 1 pilot car/escort vehicle and 1 police escort.
The Massachusetts DOT maintains that pilot cars and escort vehicles meet the following:
Massachusetts DOT requires all escort vehicles to have 2 flashing or strobing amber lights that are visible from both the front and the rear of the vehicle as well as have 2 safety colored red or orange flags mounted to the vehicle that are no less than 24″ square in shape. At least one sight that states “OVERSIZE LOAD” mounted and visible from either the front of rear of the vehicle depending if you are piloting (front) or escorting (rear).
Truck, trailer and shipment required signs, banners and flags:
An oversize load sign should be placed on the rear of the trailer or load whichever is appropriate. The dimensions for this sign should be no less than 7′ in length x 18″ in height with a yellow background and black letters with a line thickness of no less than 1 1/2″ thick and letters no less than 10″ in height. Safety colored red or orange flags are required at a minimum of the 4 most outer extreme corners and be no less than 18″ in length in any direction.
Note: in addition we suggest and amber light but at the time of this writing Apr 2013 it is not required.
Massachusetts DOT contact information and other helpful links:
Massachusetts DOT contact information:
Special Hauling Permit – Department of Transportation
668 South Avenue
Weston, MA 02493
Fax: 781-431-5014 – They have no phone number listed. EASTERN TIME ZONE.
For Massachusetts DOT general department phone number: 857-368-4636
General MA DOT E-mail page (bottom of page) for contacting them.
MA DOT oversize and overweight website.
MA DOT information on oversize and overweight trucking permits.
MA DOT oversize and overweight permit form (.pdf format).
MA road closure and closed highway information.
If you would like to share your knowledge with others please do so at the bottom of this page.
Length: 65’ (48’ trailers) (53’ allowed on Interstate only with 41’ kingpin).
Overhang: 3’ front and 6’ rear maximum.
Weight: GVW 80,000
Width: 8’ on non designated highways – 8’6” on designated highways.
Height: 13’ 6”
Weight: Less than 110,000 lbs
Height: 14’ 6” – high pole required!
When you are required to have pilot cars.
Length: Over 120’
Weight: Over 110,000 lbs.
Width: Over 13’ requires 1 pilot car in front. Over 14’ requires 1 pilot car in front and 1 pilot car in rear.
Height: Over 16’.
Travel times and restrictions.
Times that you are not allowed to travel within the state or Maryland with oversize or heavy haul loads:
Daylight hours are defined as one half hour after sunrise and one half hours before sunset. You may not travel on Sunday. Saturday travel is permitted in till noon. Maryland state DOT has different curfews that have to be followed in areas with high traffic densities. Typically these hours are from 9 AM in till 3:30 PM. No travel is usually allow between these hours. The state of Maryland has many toll bridges and tunnels that may charge additional fees. You should contact the Maryland Transportation Authority (US-50:410–537–6601, I95: 410–537–1150, FC Key Bridge: 410–537–7600). Traveling on any of these toll roads bridges or tunnels. Always be sure to check your physical permit for curfew times. Especially if you are in excess of 45 gross tons 100 feet in length or over 12 feet wide. If you are over 14 feet by you will not be permitted to travel between the hours of 9 AM and 3:30 PM on any highway. Travel is not permitted on any of the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The Maryland state DOT permit office for oversize and heavy haul loads is closed on the above-mentioned holidays as well as Martin Luther King Day, Columbus Day, election day and is also close on the day after Thanksgiving but travel is not restricted on these days.
Maryland DOT contact information.
Information and links for oversize and heavy haul shippers:
Maryland State Highway Administration
Office of Traffic Safety, Oversize and heavy haul division
Hauling Permits Unit
7491 Connelley Dr.
Hanover, MD 21076
Phone: 800-846-6435 or 800-543-4564
Fax: 410-787-2863 or toll free fax: 800-945-3416
Hours: are Monday thru Friday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed noon to 1 o’clock).
NOTE: Single trip permits are valid for 5 days and costs $30 – you can view their fees. Also Maryland has a designated area for pilot cars which you can view here.
Louisiana State Trucking Permit Regualtions – Oversize Shipping and Transport.
Length: 65’ on non-designated routes (50’ trailer) 59’ 6” on designated truck routes.
Overhang: 8’ rear and 4’ front.
Weight: GVW 80,000 lbs.
Width: 8’ on non-designated roads. 8’ 6” on designated roads.
Routine oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits.
Length: No set limits – determined on a case by case basis
Weight: 5 Axles 108,000 lbs., 6 Axles 120,000 lbs., 7 Axles: 132,000 lbs., 8 Axles 152,000 lbs.
Width: 18’ (14’ on interstates)
How to apply for trucking permits.
You will be required to use a permit service as the state will not take applications from individuals. Information at 225-343-2345 or 800-654-1433. The basic Fee is $10 per day plus the cost of the permit service.
Pilot car – escort car requirements.
Length: On 4 lane roads from 12’ to 14’ wide requires 1 rear escort car. Over 90’ requires 1 rear escort car. Over 125’ requires state police escort.
Width: 12’ to 14’ requires 1 front escort car
Height: No specific height – depends on route
Travel is permitted from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset, Monday through Saturday. If less than 12’ wide, 90’ long and 100,000 lbs. you may travel Sunday until 1:00 pm.
Kentucky State Trucking Permit Regulations – oversize shipping and transport.
Length: 65’ (53’ trailer)
Overhang: Less than 5’
Weight: GVW on 5 or more axles 80,000
Width: 8’6” on interstates and other designated highways 8’ on non-designated highways
Routine oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits.
Length: 95’ on 2 lanes or 110’ on 4 lanes
Overhang: less than 25’
Weight: 96,000 on 5 axles., 24,000 single., 120,000 on 6 axles., 160,000 on 7 axles.
How to apply for trucking permits.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Permit is valid for 10 days – basic fee is $60
Pilot car – Escort Car Requirements.
Width: 2 lanes over 10’6” requires 1 front escort or pilot vehicle. 2 lanes over 12’ requires 1 front escort or pilot vehicle and 1 rear escort or pilot vehicle. 4 lanes over 12’ requires 1 rear escort or pilot vehicle.
Length: 2 lanes over 75’ requires 1 rear escort or pilot vehicle. 2 lanes over 85’ requires 1 front and 1 rear escort or pilot vehicle. 4 lanes over 110’ requires 1 rear escort or pilot vehicle.
Travel is permitted from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset Monday thru Friday and Saturday until noon.
Iowa State Trucking information website: http://www.dot.state.ia.us/mvd/omcs
Length: 53’ trailer
Weight: GVW = 80,000 lbs. Steer 20,000 lbs.
Width: 8’ 6”
Height: 13’ 6”
Routine oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits.
Weight: 5 axles 92,000 lbs., 6 axles., 7 axles 132,000 lbs.,
How to apply for trucking permits.
Permits are valid for 5 days. Single trip oversize trucking permit costs $10.
Pilot Car – Escort Car Requirements.
Length: 80’ to 100’ must have revolving lights. Over 120’ requires 1 rear pilot/escort vehicle. 10’ overhang requires flashing lights.
Weight: Over 80,000 lbs. GVW requires amber lights.
Width: On Primary Road Over 12’ 1 front pilot car escort vehicle is required. On 2 lane over 14’ one rear pilot car escort vehicle is required. On 4 lane over 14’6” one rear pilot car escort vehicle is required. On Interstate over 16’6” one pilot car escort vehicle or lighting is required.
Height: Over 14’4” requires 1 front pilot car escort vehicle with height pole.
Travel is permitted from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset 7 days per week.
Trucks can travel 24/7 if the vehicle is less than 11’ wide, 100’ long and 14’4” wide.
Indiana State Trucking Permit Regulations – oversize trucking and transport.
Indiana State Trucking information website is: http://www.in.gov/dot/business/permits/superl.html
Length: 60′ (53′ trailers only)
Overhang: 3′ in front and unlimited in back as long as it does not exceed 60′ overall.
Weight: GVW 80,000 lbs., Single axle: 20,000 lbs., Steer: 20,000 lbs., Tandem: 34,000 lbs., Tridem: 42,000 lbs.
Width: 8′ 6″
Height: 13′ 6″
Routine oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits.
Overhang: 3′ in front and unlimited in rear as long as it does not exceed 60′ overall.
Weight: 120,000 lbs. GVW, Single: 28,000 lbs., Steer: 28,000 lbs., Tandem: 48,000 lbs., Tridem: 60,000 lbs.
How to apply for trucking permits.
Motor Carrier Services Division
5252 Decatur Blvd., Suite R
Indianapolis, IN 46241
Permits are valid for 14 days from the date of issue.
Pilot car – Escort vehicle requirements.
Width: 2 lanes and over 12′ 4″ needs one pilot car or escort vehicle in the front. 4 lanes and over 12′ 4″ needs one pilot care or escort vehicle in the rear.
Height: 2 lanes over 14′ 6″ needs one pilot car or escort vehicle in the front. 4 lanes over 14′ 6″ needs one pilot car or escort vehicle in the rear.
Length: 2 lanes over 85′ needs one pilot car or escort vehicle in front. 4 lanes over 85′ needs one pilot car or escort vehicle in rear.
Travel permitted 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. You can travel on weekends if less than 10′ wide. If 10′ wide or over, you can travel until noon on Saturday.
Please share your expertise or knowledge of Illinois state shipping regulations with other visitors below.
Length: 65’ overall length maximum.
Width: 8’6” on interstate and other designated highways, 8’ on non-designated highways.
Weight: GVW 80,000, Single 20,000, Tandem 34,000, Tridem 42,000
Height: 13’6” is the maximum allowed height for legal loads.
Overhang: 3’ front in the front and 3’ off of the rear of trailer.
Length: Up to 145’ long. Anything longer see superload section below.
Weight: Single 24,000, tandem: 48,000, tridum: 60,000, Quadem: 60,00 gross, 5 Axles 100,000 lbs., 6 Axles 120,000 lbs., 7 axels: 120,000, 8 axles: 120,000 lbs.
Width: 14’6” (any load over 16′ will require special admin approval before permit is issued).
Height: 15’ (any load over 16′ tall requires a route survey).
Length: Any load that is longer than 145′ is considered a superload.
Width: Any load that is in excess of 14′ 6″ in width is considered a superload.
Height: Any load that is in excess of 15′ 6″ in height is considered a superload.
Weight: Any load that exceeds 120,000 lbs on any standard axle configuration whether it’s a 6,7 or 8 axle configuration or not is considered a superload.
Overhang: Contact them as this varies depending on route.
Notes: Spacing between steer and first tandem must be more than 8′ 1″. The spacing before the first axle and the trailer must not exceed 18′ 6″. All axle spacings combined must not be less than 43′ 6″. Superload permit processing times vary. Expect delays. Before requesting a route you are expected to do as much research on your own as possible. They will refer you to: GettingAroundIllinois for construction zones and other closures.
Travel is permitted from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset Monday thru Friday and ½ hour before sunrise until 12PM on Saturdays. Loads that are overweight only may travel 24/7 on all days of the week (make certain it is not documented otherwise on your permit before doing so). No travel is permitted on Sundays unless you are below the routine permit standards of no more than 115′ in length, 12′ in width, 13′ 6″ in height (sunrise to sunset rules apply). No movement is permitted on the major holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Travel stops at 12PM on the day before any of these holidays. The Illinois oversize load permit office is closed on MLK Day, Lincolns birthday, Washingtons birthday, Columbus Day, Election Day, Veterans Day and on the day after Thanksgiving. However, travel is not restricted on these days. Always refer to your permit for approved travel times.
A rotating amber light must remain on at all times mounted on top of the cab and be visible from 360 degrees from a minimum of 500′ in direct sunlight. If your overall length is more than 80′ in length you are required to have one amber light over the cab of the truck and one amber light no more than 10′ from the rear of end or trailer/load at the highest point that is practicle. Oversize load signs must be a minimum of 7′ in width x 18″ in height, have a yellow background color with black lettering no less than 10″ in height x 1″ thick – we have recently heard 12″ tall x 2″ thick so please clarify and comment below if you know which is correct. Flags are required at all 4 corners of the load and front of truck and are to be safety red in color and no less than 18″ square. Shipments over 75′ in length, 10′ in width or 14′ 6″ in height are required to have signs. Signs must be placed on the front and rear extremities of the truck, trailer or load.
Length: If over 110′ in length you are required to have a minimum of 1 pilot car and in some places 2 pilot cars (higher traffic density or certain times of year). If over 145′ (150′ in some very rural areas) in length you are required to have 3 pilot cars – yes 3. If over 175′ in length a police escort will be required.
Width: Up to 14’6” requires 1 pilot/escort vehicle. Over 16’ requires 2 pilot/escort vehicles. Over 18′ in width will require a police escort.
Height: Up to 14’ 6” 1 pilot/escort vehicle, over 16’ requires 2 pilot/escort vehicles. Over 18′ in height will require a police escort.
Weight: No requirements as long as you can maintain minimum speeds. However on bridge moves that require all other vehicle traffic to be removed will required appropriate number of pilot cars which is a minimum of 2 and possibly 3 with police escort. All areas are different and require evaluation.
Note: If you exceed any two dimensions, then you are required to have an additional pilot car. So if you’re over 14′ 6″ tall and 14′ 6″ wide you would be require to have 2 pilot cars.
Cars, vans or trucks may be used as long as gross weight of pilot car vehicle is rated at no more than 8,000 lbs. Pilot car driver must be 18 years of age minimum with a valid regular drivers license. Pilot cars must have a rotating or flashing amber light mounted on the top of the vehicle (no specs as of time of writing 2014). Must display red flag at all 4 outer most points of the vehicle and have “OVERSIZE LOAD” signs that are a minimum size of 5′ wide x 12″ tall and have black lettering no less than 8″ in height. Must have radio and be in constant communication with the driver transporting the shipment at all times. Must have $500,000 per occurrence combined insurance that covers property and body.
Illinois Department of Transportation – DOT
Bureau of Traffic, 2300 S Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL 62764
Email: dot.permitoffice “at” illinois.gov
General inquiry phone: 217-782-6273
Phone: 217-785-1477 or 800-252-8636 within the state.
Note: Fee varies depending on dimensions and miles traveled. Permit is valid for 5 days.
Hours: from 8 AM until 4:30 PM
Central Time Zone
Hawaii DOT permits office
Department of Construction and Maintenence
869 Punch Bowl Street
Honolulu, HI 96813-5097
Hawaii Trucking Permit Information website for Overweight, Wide Load and Oversize Transport:
Visit the Hawaii DOT website for more information; http://hawaii.gov/dot
HOURS: MONDAY thru FRIDAY 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
PACIFIC TIME ZONE
LEGAL DIMENSION LIMITS
Length: No overall limits on length.
Overhang: 4’ rear, 4’ front
Routine Permits and limitations;
Height: Please contact Hawaii State Department of Transportation DOT permit office
Gross Weight: Depends on proposed routing. Contact Hawaii DOT for more info.
1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset rule applies.
Pilot car and escort vehicle requirements:
Length: Depends on routing.
Height: Depends on routing.
These are the laws, rules and regulations pertaining to heavy haul and oversize loads on the roads and highways in the state of Connecticut. The Commissioner of Transportation or other authority having charge of the operation, repair or maintenance of any highway or bridge is authorized to deny or grant permits for transporting vehicles or combinations of vehicles or vehicles and loads or other objects transported within Connecticut state jurisdiction. With that said heavy haul trucking and oversize trucking within the state of Connecticut is primarily subject to the following regulations, rules and limitations. We do ask viewers such as yourself to mention any variations of this information below. Sharing will immediately notify us and other viewers user so we can immediately update our information if needed. State laws for heavy haul trucking, oversize trucking and pilot car companies is constantly changing. We thank you for your consideration and visiting us.
For heavy haul or oversize shipping including pilot cars.
Connecticut state trucking permit regulations; overweight, oversize, heavy haul, wideload, pilot cars. Shipping and Transport.
Length: trailer 48’ (no limit for tractor)
Weight: GVW 80,000 lbs. if configuration complies with federal bridge formula.
Routine heavy haul trucking, oversize shipping and transport permits.
*NOTE: We are not sure if there is anything considered “routine” as far as permits are in this state. They are real picky about issuing permits so nothing can be assumed, you must call and speak with them first. If you have any verifiable information to add to this please submit it below.
Length: 130′ is about the maximum and that depends on routing.
Width: 16′ wide is about the most allowed depending on intended route.
Height: 14′ – possibly more depending on your intended route.
Weight: single axle: 22,500, tandem: 45,000, tridum axles: 67,500, quadem: ?, 5 axles: 122,000, 6 axles: 130,000, 7 axles: 150,000, 8 axles: 160,000.
Notes: Drivable cranes (or self propelled) weight limits. Four axle cranes having a maximum GVW of 110,000 pounds: tandem axle cranes having a maximum of 60,900 lbs. and not more than 23 feet from the center of the first axle to the last axle. Five axle cranes maximum gross vehicle weight of 114,500 lbs. with no more than 30,000 lbs. on a single axle or 45,000 lbs on any tandem axles or 66,100 lbs on tridem axles. Six axle cranes a maximum gross vehicle weight of 115,000 lbs., with no more than 68,200 lbs on tandem axles. No more than 28′ from the center of the first axle to the last axle. Modular and mobile homes 16′ wide M-F travel only with travel time of 11:30 pm until 4:30 am as will be specified on the permit.
Pilot Car – when do you need them?
Width: Over 12’ wide 1 rear (or front and rear if undivided highway). Over 13’ 6” 1 front and one rear escort. Over 15’ 1 front and 2 rear
Height: Over 14’ 1 pilot car in front
Length: Over 80’ 1 pilot car in rear on undivided highway. If over 100’ one escort vehicle is required in the front and rear of the trailer on undivided highways. On divided only 1 rear is required. If over 119′ one in front and one in rear on undivided highways. Sectional or modular homes 16′ wide maximum. No pilot required until 10′ wide. If 10′ wide then one rear escort is required in undivided highways of if load is wider than lane. From 10′ wide to 13′ 6″ one rear on divided highways and one rear on undivided highways. Over 13′ 6″ in width requires on front and one rear on all roads. If over 80′ in length one rear escort is required on undivided highways. If over 85′ in length then one front and one rear is required on all routes.
Escort Car Requirements.
Your signs must be worded exactly: “Oversize load ahead” or “Oversize load following” depending on if you are leading or chasing. This sign must be a minimum of 48″ above the ground. Or sign must read: “Wideload ahead” or “Wideload following” or “Longload ahead” or longload following” depending on if the pilot car is leading or chasing. All signs mentioned here must have a minimum of 8″ black letters and be on a yellow background. Amber lights must be attached to the top of pilot car or escort vehicle and be visible for no less than 1,000 feet. Your light must either flash or rotate. You must be able to maintain communication with the driver of the load via 2-way radio at all times. You must have a red vest or jacket as well as a red hand flag no less than 18″ square. 18″ square flags are to be mounted on both front or rear corners of the vehicle. All escort vehicles must have a width of at least 60″ and 1 and 1/2 ton capacity for cargo.
Travel permitted ½ after sunrise to ½ hour after sunset. Loads over 13’6” wide or over 14’ high can travel only Tuesday through Thursday 9 am to 4 pm.
How to Apply for Permits.
Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT)
2800 Berlin Turnpike, PO Box 317546
Newington, CT 06131-7546
Permits: www.cvisn.ct.gov (alternative)
Office hours: 8am – 12:30pm and 1:30pm – 4pm EDT, M-F.
Basic permit is 23 bucks plus there’s a 3 dollar fee for faxing the permit. Permit is valid for 3 days.We’d love to hear from you. Do you have any ideas, questions, comments of concerns? Perhaps you have in-depth knowledge you can share with others. Please don’t be shy as we like to hear from our viewers and our viewers like to hear what others have to say so share it below!The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Connecticut State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
Connecticut cities: Ansonia, Bantam borough, Bethel, Bethlehem Village, Blue Hills, Branford Center, Bridgeport, Bristol, Broad Brook, Canaan, Canton Valley, Central Manchester, Central Somers, Central Waterford, Cheshire Village, Chester Center, Clinton, Collinsville, Conning Towers-Nautilus Park, Coventry Lake, Crystal Lake, Danbury, Danielson borough, Darien, Deep River Center, Derby, Durham, East Brooklyn, East Hampton, East Hartford, East Haven, Essex Village, Fenwick borough, Georgetown, Glastonbury Center, Groton, Groton Long Point borough, Guilford Center, Hartford, Hazardville, Heritage Village, Higganum, Jewett City borough, Kensington, Lake Pocotopaug, Litchfield borough, Long Hill, Madison Center, Mansfield Center, Meriden, Middletown, Milford city (balance), Moodus, Moosup, Mystic, Naugatuck borough, New Britain, New Hartford Center, New Haven, Newington, New London, New Milford, New Preston, Newtown borough, Niantic, Noank, North Granby, North Grosvenor Dale, North Haven, Northwest Harwinton, Norwalk, Norwich, Oakville, Old Mystic, Old Saybrook Center, Orange, Oxoboxo River, Pawcatuck, Plainfield Village, Poquonock Bridge, Portland, Putnam District, Quinebaug, Ridgefield, Rockville, Salmon Brook, Saybrook Manor, Shelton, Sherwood Manor, Simsbury Center, South Coventry, South Windham, Southwood Acres, South Woodstock, Stamford, Stonington borough, Storrs, Stratford, Suffield Depot, Tariffville, Terramuggus, Terryville, Thompsonville, Torrington, Trumbull, Wallingford Center, Waterbury, Wauregan, Weatogue, Westbrook Center, West Hartford, West Haven, Westport, West Simsbury, Wethersfield, Willimantic, Windsor Locks, Winsted, Woodbury Center, Woodmont Borough
Please share your expertise or knowledge with other visitors below.
Length: 75’ is the maximum overall length for any vehicle in Colorado.
Width: 8’6” is the maximum width for vehicles traveling in Colorado.
Height :14’6” is the maximum height for vehicles traveling in Colorado without a permit.
Weight: GVW 80,000 lbs on Interstate or 85,000 lbs on other roads.
Overhang: 4’ front and 10’ rear.
Length: UPDATING 12-26-2013
Weight: Your axle spacings between your groups will be what is used to determine your maximum weight limits. Single axle: 22,000 to 27,000 lbs, tandem axles: 42,000 to 50,000 lbs, tridum: 55,000 to 65,000 lbs, quadem: 60,000 to 72,000 lbs. Gross maximum weights: 5 axle: 106,000 to 132,000 lbs if single, tandem tandem. 6 axles 119,000 lbs to 147,000 lbs if single, tandem, tridum. 7 axles 132,000 to 162,000 lbs if single, tridum, tridum. 8 axles: 137,000 to 169,000 lbs if single, tridem, quadem. YOu can go up to 200,000 lbs on a routine permit.
Routing trucking & shipping permits
Length:130’ on 4 lane hwy
Weight:5 Axles 125,000 6 Axles 140,000
Height:Depends on route
How to Apply for Permits
Colorado Department of Transportation
4001 E Arkansas # 290
Denver, CO 80222
800-350-3765 or 303-757-9539 voice
Permit is valid for 5 days
Basic fee is $17.00
Pilot Car – Escort Car Requirements
Over 13’2 Lanes1 Front Escort
Over 15’4 Lanes1 Rear Escort
Over 16’1 Front Escort with pole
Over 85’2 Lanes (mountain roads) 1 Front Escort
Over 110’2 Lanes 1 Front Escort
Over 115’4 Lanes 1 Rear Escort
Travel permitted from sunrise to sunset. Continuous travel permitted if heavy only.
Port of Entry Information
Cortez, Colorado Phone 970-565-9420 Fax 970-565-9420
Dumont, Colorado Phone 303-567-4807 Fax 303-567-9477
Ft. Collins, Colorado Phone 970-482-1622 Fax 970-482-1622
Ft. Garland, Colorado – CLOSED
Ft. Morgan, Colorado Phone 970-867-5623 Fax 970-867-5623
Lamar, Colorado Phone 719-336-4712 Fax 719-336-4712
Limon, Colorado Phone 719-775-9758 Fax 719-775-9758
Loma, Colorado Phone 970-858-1068 Fax 970-858-1068
Monument, Colorado Phone 719-481-2281 Fax 719-481-2494
Platteville, Colorado Phone 970-785-2427 Fax 970-785-2427
Trinidad, Colorado Phone 719-846-2408 Fax 719-846-2408
Weight spacing between actual groups or determine the maximum amount of weight allowed. Least restrictive maximums are or a single axle 22 to 27,000 pounds, for a tandem axle 42 to 50,000 pounds, or tried them axles 55 to 60,000 axles, or quantum axles 60 to 72,000 pounds. Gross weight for five axles is 106 – 132,000 pounds (single, tandem); six axles is 119,000 147,000 pounds (single, tandem, tridem); axles 137 – 169,000 pounds (single, tandem, tridem). The actual weight depends on the actual configurations with a combined gross weight of up to 200,000 pounds you can get permits routinely issued.
The maximum length is 110 feet on mountainous two lane highways and 120 feet on all non-mountainous terrain highways with two lanes. 130 feet on all four-lane highways.
The maximum width is 17 feet
the maximum height is 16 feet. 16 feet does require the escort vehicle to have a high pole. If over 16 feet up to 17’6″ your shipment will require a route survey.
If the shipment exceeds any of these dimensions or weights refer to the state for super loads. A permit is not required for heights up to 14’6″ on highways designated by the Department of Transportation, however the legal height limit is 13 feet for the state of Colorado on all loads not specifically designated. There may be special restrictions on your permit. There is no convoy being allowed. A distance of a minimum of one half of a mile must exist between any oversized loads. For railroad crossings contact 888-877-7267 or 800-838-5452 and press option one.
A oversize load sign is required in the front and the rear. Certified pilot car and or flashing amber lights are required in the rear for the entire route. You must contact local municipalities for permission to use their roads. Daylight movement only. No moving during inclement weather and you must use turnouts to allow any traffic build up to pass you. The state of Colorado is not a port state so you may not enter it without a permit.
loads which exceed 17 feet wide and or 200,000 pounds gross vehicle weight must submit an application to the state at least one week prior to shipment date. Utility clearance letters are required for all loads over 17’6″ in height.
signs are required for all oversize load you must read: “wideload”, “long load” or “oversize load” as applicable. All signs must be a minimum of 5 feet wide, 10 inches tall and have black lettering that is 8 inches in height with a one point or one inch brushstroke on a yellow background. Science can be mounted on the bumper rear or top of pilot car. Escort vehicles must be readable by all traffic from the front and rear. Flags are to be placed on all four corners of any extremities of the shipment. It is necessary to obtain verification of your route prior to moving your shipment. Pilot car and escort restriction maps are available from the Colorado Department of Transportation. It is the responsibility of the truck to verify why the certification of the pilot car or escort vehicle driver.
all pilot car or escort vehicle drivers are required to have a certification card when escorting any vehicle or any load through the state of Colorado. The state of Colorado will except certification cards or equivalent certificates from other states such as Florida, Oklahoma, Washington or Utah. If the state does not maintain a certification program, pilot car drivers and escort vehicle operators can obtain a certification card from the Colorado Department of Transportation. All applicants must possess a current certificate of insurance and endorsements which indicate that the operator or the operators employee has enforced full effect of insurance coverage for bodily injury and or property damage as a result of the operation of the pilot car or escort vehicle, the pilot car or escort vehicles operator, or bowls causing the bodily injury and or property damage arising out of an act or omission the pilot car or escort vehicle operator as required by state law. Such insurance endorsements shall be or no less than $1 million. Combined single limit and or $1 million per occurrence of commercial liability insurance coverage as applicable and must be maintained at all times during the term of certification. The insurance certificate must indicate on the face of the document that the policy is for the operation of pilot car or escort vehicles and or pilot car and escort vehicle duties and responsibilities as required by the Colorado Department of Transportation. Escorts are required on most mountainous roads when the link exceeds 85 feet and or over 11 feet wide pilot cars or escorts are required on two lane nonmountainous roads when exceeding 110 feet long and or 13 feet wide. Escorts are required on or lane nonmountainous roads whenever the shipment is over 115 feet long, 15 feet high and or 16 feet wide. Pilot cars or escort vehicles are required when overhang exceeds 25 feet. If the overhang is on the front, the pilot car must run in front. If the overhang is in the back the pilot car must follow the load. On blue loads that is loads from 11 to 13 feet wide will be required to have a front escort and or loads 13 feet up to 15 feet wide require a front and rear escort or can possibly get away with one flashing amber light in the rear depending on your route. On yellow loads, loads from 11 feet wide to 13 feet wide require a front escort. Loads over 13 feet wide and up to 15 feet wide require a front and rear pilot car and escort and possibly one flashing amber light in the rear depending on the route. Pilot cars and escort operators shall use a height pole when escorting any load in excess of 16 feet in height, unless otherwise determined by the department which will be stated on the oversize trucking permit. The height pole shall not extend more than 6 inches above the maximum height of the oversize vehicle shipment.
Steer or tiller men operations will not be performed by pilot car companies or escort drivers or by passengers of any pilot car or escort vehicle that is escorting the oversize vehicle or load.
all escort vehicles or pilot cars shall be equipped with two-way radios. A warning lamp mounted as high as practical which shall be capable of displaying a flashing oscillating or rotating yellow light with sufficient intensity to be visible at a minimum of 500 feet and normal sunlight. A pilot car or escort vehicle operator shall carry the following items at all times: a standard eight teen inch stop slow paddle. Three reflective triangles. A orange or white hardhat. A reflector rise orange safety jacket, shirt or vest. A minimum of 15 pound B and C fire extinguisher or 110 pound ABC fire extinguisher or pilot cars or escort vehicles of hazardous materials. Eight flares. Three orange traffic cones. A flashlight. One additional oversize load sign. To handheld two-way radios. A first aid kit. A spare tire. A tire Jack. And a lug wrench. All headlights and rear lights of the escort vehicle shall be delighted. Operators of vehicle shall carry at all times a certification card. A pilot car or escort vehicle shall display mounted on the top of the pilot escort vehicle wide load, long load, or oversize load signs visible to approaching traffic from the front and the rear. All sign shall be a minimum of 5 feet wide 10 inches tall with a minimum 1 inch wide brushstroke of black letters on a minimum of 8 inches high on yellow background or shell be a maximum of 7 feet wide and 18 inches high with a minimum 1.41 inch brushstroke, black letters with a minimum height of 10 inches tall on a yellow background. The pilot car or escort vehicle must be easily identifiable with signs or placards to be displayed on the side of the escort vehicle or pilot car at all times. The sign or placard must appear on both sides of the pilot car or the escort vehicle and be in letters that contrasts sharply with the color of the background of the vehicle as well as be legible during daylight hours from a distance of a minimum of 50 feet. When a pilot car or escort vehicle is not escorting a oversize load but moving on the highway all oversize load, wide load, tall load signs shall be either removed or covered with any flashing yellow lights turned off.
daylight hours, seven days a week. Some night travels allow was certain special lighting restrictions. Travel is permitted on Saturday and Sunday. Daylight travel is allowed as well as night time, however nighttime travel has special requirements. Travel is prohibited on the following holidays Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. If the holiday falls on a Saturday the previous Friday is also restricted. If the holiday falls on a Sunday the following Monday is also restricted. Permitted loads may travel on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day. However if any of these holidays fall on a Saturday travel is prohibited on the previous Friday and if the holiday falls on a Sunday travel is prohibited on the following Monday. The state permit office will be closed on these mention holidays. Travel is restricted during the hours of six till 9 AM and three till six PAM in the Denver metropolitan area. Travel is restricted during the hours of seven until 9 AM and four until 6 PM in the Colorado Springs and Pueblo Colorado areas. For other time restrictions check your permit.