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Pennsylvania State Shipping Regulations

Pennsylvania State Shipping Regulations

These are the Pennsylvania state DOT shipping regulations, limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways in the state of Pennsylvania.

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Pennsylvania DOT regulations for oversize trucking and shipping.

PA DOT regulations for oversize trucking.

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Legal load limits.
Pennsylvania DOT legal load size & weight limitations and restrictions:

Length: The maximum typical length overall is 70′ long in divided roads and 60′ on undivided roads and highways.
Width: You can figure up to 8′ 6″ on the major routes however some routes are restricted to only 8′. Be sure to check with the PA DOT is you aren’t going to always be on a major route.
Height: 13′ 6″ is the maximum legal allowed height of any shipment.
Weight: 80,000 lbs. GVW.
Overhang: 4′ in the front and 6′ off of the rear of the trailer.

Routine trucking permits.
Oversize and overweight trucking permits that are routinely issued by the PA DOT:

Length: 120′ is about it unless you are only traveling on a 4 lane highway which is about 160′ in length depending on the route you wish to take. Anything over 160′ in length is considered a superload.
Width: You can figure on about 15′ wide for a routine permit. If traveling on only the major routes you can get 16′ in width routinely. Anything over 16′ wide however is considered a superload.
Height: 14′ 6″ is about the maximum for height. Anything that is over 16′ in height is considered a superload.
Weight: Single axle: 27,000 lbs., tandem axles: 52,000 lbs., tridum exles: 72,000 lbs. Gross weights are: 5 axles 116,000 to 120,000 lbs., 6 axles: 127,000 to 147,000 lbs., 7 axles: 136,000 to 174,000 lbs., 8 axles: 136,000 to 201,000 lbs. Once you get over 201,000 lbs in weight you are considered a superload.
Overhang: Case by case depending on routing and how much you are overall with/without overhang.

Superload information.
Pennsylvania superload information:

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Length: Anything over 160′ in length is considered a superload by the PA DOT.
Width: Any shipment in excess of 16′ in width is considered a superload by the PA DOT.
Height: The height in PA is pretty open as they know their clearance capabilities. So, depending on your route will determine your status.
Weight: As stated previously any shipment that is in excess of 201,000 lbs is considered a superload by the PA DOT.

Permitted travel times & restrictions.
Pennsylvania DOT permitted travel times and restrictions:

You are allowed to travel from sunrise to sunset in most areas in PA as long as it’s not within larger city limits. Ultimately you will need to refer to your permit as with most states for exact times of travel. There is no travel allowed on Sundays but you are permitted to travel until Noon on Saturdays. If you are overweight only your permit will allow you 24 hour travel 7 days a week up to 107,000 lbs. For mobile home shipments that are 16′ in width or more you are not allowed to travel of Friday or Saturday. The following holidays are no travel days as well: New Years day, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day. You may only travel up until noon on the day before the holiday if it is on a weekday.

When pilot cars are required.
If you max out over any of the below you will be required to have at least one pilot car or escort vehicle:

Length: On all roads if your shipment is over 90′ in length you will require at least one rear (chase) pilot car.
Width: 2 lanes over 13′ wide requires one front and one rear pilot car/escort. 3 lanes up to 13′ only requires one chase.
Height:  If your shipment is over 14′ 6″ in height you will be required to have a high pole escort vehicle with your load.
Weight: Not required as long as truck can maintain minimum posted traffic sppeds.
Overhang: This is decided on a case by case basis.

PA pilot car certifications.
Pennsylvania pilot car (escort vehicle) certifications and requirements for operating within the state:

 

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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 Pennsylvania State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
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Illinois State Shipping Regulations for oversize and heavy haul.

Illinois State Shipping Regulations for oversize and heavy haul.

Shipping laws, regulations, limitations and rules for shipping oversize and over-weight loads over the roads and highways in the state of Illinois.

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Legal load limits in Illinois.
Illinois DOT legal load size & weight limitations.

Legal Loads.
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.

Routine oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits.
Oversize and overweight trucking permits that are routinely issued by the state of Illinois.

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).

Superload information:
Illinois DOT superload information.

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. 

Permitted travel times and restrictions in Illinois:
Illinois travel times and restrictions for oversize loads.

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.

Required shipment, truck and trailer markings:
Truck, trailer and shipment required signs, banners and flags.

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.

When pilot cars are required:

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.  

Required pilot car certifications:

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.

How to apply for trucking permits:

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.
Fax: 217-728-3572

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

 

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 Illinois State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

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