Pennsylvania State DOT Shipping Regulations, Limitations, Rules, and Laws for the Trucking of Oversize and Overweight Loads Over the Roads and Highways
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Legal Load Limits in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania DOT legal load size & weight limitations and restrictions:
- Length: The maximum typical length overall is 70′ long on 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 if 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 in Pennsylvania
Oversize and overweight trucking permits that are routinely issued by the Pennsylvania 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 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 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 in Pennsylvania
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 in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania DOT permitted travel times and restrictions:
You can 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 for exact travel times, as with most states. No travel is 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 16′ in width or more, you are not allowed to travel on Friday or Saturday. The following holidays are no travel days: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas day. You may only travel up until noon the day before the holiday if it is on a weekday.
When Pilot Cars Are Required in Pennsylvania
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 require one front and one rear pilot car/escort. 3 lanes up to 13′ only require 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 the truck can maintain minimum posted traffic speeds.
- Overhang: This is decided on a case-by-case basis.
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.