Maximum width on interstates, highways, roads. Commercial or private.

What are the maximum legal length, width, height, and weight limits allowed on roads, highways, or Interstates?

The legal maximum length, width, height, and weight permitted to travel, tow, or transport on local roads, highways, or Interstates in the United States and Canada are as follows.

Maximum legal limits Standard Metric
Length: 65 feet. 19.8 meters.
Width: 8 feet, 6 inches. 2.6 meters.
Height: 13 feet, 6 inches. 4.1 meters.
Weight: 80,000 pounds. 36,287 kilograms.
Notes: Always verify state/provincial legal limits prior to movement/transport.

These rules pertain to single personal vehicles (towed or otherwise), commercial motor vehicles including semi-tractors, trailers, and buses. Mirrors and certain safety devices (such as flags, etc.) may be permitted to protrude a “reasonable” distance further. Always obtain official consultation about any protrusion(s) you may have by contacting your state/provincial DOT office prior to any movement. Local city/county roads may vary from the maximum length/width/height/weight limits governed by federal guidelines.

Exceptions:

Within the state of Hawaii commercial motor vehicles are permitted the following maximum width on all highways (unless otherwise posted on the road by sign): Standard: 9 feet or 108 inches. Metric: 2.74 meters or 274 centimeters.

These roads usually have signs posted that display the maximum legal width permitted without obtaining a special travel permit. You should always inquire about the maximum widths permitted by the governing body of the particular road prior to traveling on it in order to prevent a fine or worse. In some situations depending on the width of the vehicle or shipment size, a route survey will be required prior to being granted permission to travel.

Maximum width allowed.

Maximum width laws are created to protect motorists and public assets. Know the maximums.

The importance of setting maximum widths for vehicles.

Safety and protection of motorists and public property are the primary reasons regulations have been set for maximum vehicle length/width/height/weight limitations.

A standard was required based on the dimensions of the existing roads that would protect any/all persons operating a motor vehicle on highways, roads, and Interstates. It should be noted public property is placed at risk for damage as well. Should motorists accidentally hit one of the many existing obstructions such as guard rails, signs, traffic signal poles, etc. liability while ultimately is the motorists, if it is not reported the state is required to repair damages which then is passed on to the taxpayers in both the USA and Canada. So maximum widths were created to protect both human lives but public property as well.

Maximum width allowed

Maximum vehicle width permitted on highways. Image credit FHWA.

Noteworthy information:

“Federal width limits do not apply to special mobile equipment, which consists of self-propelled vehicles not designed or used primarily for the transportation of persons or property and only incidentally moved over the highways. Special mobile equipment includes the following, when moving under their own power: military or farm equipment; instruments of husbandry; road construction or maintenance machinery; and emergency apparatus, including police and fire emergency equipment. Federal rules do not require States to issue overwidth permits before allowing the operation of special mobile equipment. However, if States wish to allow other vehicles more than 102 inches wide (i.e. non-special mobile equipment) to operate on the NN, then States must issue special overwidth permits.” Reference Credit: FHWA website.

History:

“The Federal Government first enacted size regulations for CMVs with the passage of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956. This Act provided a maximum vehicle width of 96 inches (2.44 meters) on the Interstate highway system. Subsequently, the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1976 increased the allowable width for buses to 102 inches (2.6 meters). The Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) of 1982 extended the same width requirement of 102 inches to commercial trucks. At the same time, the STAA expanded the highway network on which the Federal width provision applied from the Interstate to the National Network (NN) of highways.” Reference Credit: FHWA website.

 

Related links:

See regulations for maximum load limitations.
Learn what a route survey is.
The maximum length allowed on roads, highways, and interstates.
Maximum legal load sizes.
Multi-state and regional permits.

 

 

The 2021 oversize and heavy-haul trucking season.

This content has been modified since its original publish date. We distinctly recall writing it and see from the number of inquiries it has been very helpful to others. With the current health concerns involving COVID-19, our network is looking at a large increase in freight volumes. Our team will continue to update this information in the future. Please leave comments for other viewers.

The 2021 heavy-haul & oversize trucking season is here!

It looks like the 2021 heavy-haul and oversize trucking season is beginning to start. While freight volumes are still on the low side due to the winter months we can tell by the consistency of loads being posted that the season will move in high volume very shortly. This won’t come soon enough for many companies as the 2020 heavy-haul & oversize trucking season was very short-lived with freight volumes low. Economic indicators for 2021 look fair as the wind power industry continues forward with its continual expansion. That’s not to say it’s time to go trailer shopping just yet but it does look like we should have a bumper year. While the heavy-haul trucking industry certainly needs a boost, the oversize trucking industry needs it terribly bad with so many other companies dependent upon oversize freight in order to operate. This includes the entire pilot car industry as well as specialized equipment manufacturers that cater to and service items for the industry. Over the past few decades, we’ve learned that the pilot car industry can be very flexible as well as resilient and can recover from freight shortages pretty quickly considering. Whereas the heavy-haul industry suffers much longer from a short-term financial blow as company operating costs are high. Especially if you own a specialized trailer. The more axles, the more money you owe the bank.

7-axle heavy-haul trailer.

7-axle stretch deck heavy-haul trailer with ramps. This trailer is designed to handle up to 81,000 lbs. The ability to stretch makes it very versatile.

What do we think about 2021 and freight volumes?

2021 will be a great year for this area of the specialized trucking industry. While we’re not predicting record-breaking highs in freight volumes but it is our general opinion that 2021 will bring some much-needed relief as existing construction projects are already on the table. Companies that wish to have this work will need to push with existing advertising as well as create new avenues for advertising.

Oversize loads.

The outlook for oversize load shipping volumes looks very promising for 2021.

Here are a few noteworthy items about 2021 freight volumes:

  • Existing wind energy jobs in WY, KS, OK, and East TX will continue. However, quite a few projects are now being built in other parts of the world as well as the sea. This hurts us as far wind energy equipment shipping goes.
  • This the year following a new election year and consumer spending is up. These newly elected people proclaim it all but anything however once in office it’s usually a new story we all have to just roll with. It’s very hard for specialized trucking companies that facilitate growth projects to forecast what their capabilities will be for new construction projects. However, this year will be a big one.
  • The US has too many heavy equipment surplus items they’re in the process of selling off. That equipment will come up in the auctions this year so shipping from the auctions to the ports will be excellent in 2021. The overall freight volume getting a push in this area as well.

It’s going to be busy year folks. The companies that will earn the most money in 2021 are the ones that are advertising smart and savvy.

See also:

Heavy-haul and oversize trucking quotes.
Heavy-haul and oversize shipping regulations.

 

 

Removable goose neck trailer.

What is a removable goose neck trailer?

A removable goose neck trailer (RGN) detaches from it’s own goose neck which attaches it to the semi-truck. Detaching the equipment allows driveable machinery to be loaded onto the deck. The driver of the truck then backs up to the deck and re-attaches the removable goose neck with a hydraulic lift. Removable goose neck trailers are very popular and versatile as they can move heavy haul loads. Notice in the photograph below the extra axles. These additional axles evenly spread the weight of the heavy haul shipment throughout the road. This ensures the pavement is not damaged. Removable goose neck trailers save money because items requiring transportation don’t need a crane. Additional axles are easily added to this type of configuration. RGN shipments can be moved easily using our loadboard in order to get a freight quote.

removable goose neck trailer


Removable goose neck trailers were invented during the 1950’s and are great for transporting over weight, over height, oversize and over height shipments.

As we discussed above the front portion of this trailer detaches which allows the trailer to be lowered to the ground. This leaves a ramp to drive equipment on to. RGN shipments are typically driven onto the trailer.  RGN trailers can have up to 20+ axles so they can carry freight up to 150,000 pounds.

  • These are the maximums that can be loaded onto a removable goose neck trailer before trucking permits are required:
  • The maximum load weight is around 42,000 pounds.
  • The maximum well space provides about 29 feet of deck space.
  • The maximum width is 8 feet and 6 inches.
  • The maximum height of the load is about 11 feet and 6 inches.
  • The maximum overhang is determined by the laws in each state/province.

Learning removable goose neck basics.

Always be sure you clearly understand all of the state(s) laws, regulations, rules and limitations prior to shipping any type of load on a removable goose neck trailer. Hefty fines can be levied from breaking laws. Regulations in each state differ and you should fully research them prior to moving any load to make sure you are in compliance. Oversize and heavy-haul loads require specialized driver training and trucking permits in order to be transported. Always refer to the actual state issued permit for any discrepancies you may have. Be smart, be safe and know exactly what you are doing before doing it.

Accessories used with removable goose neck trailers.

Quite a few removable goose neck trailer accessories are available. In order to make loading/unloading easier as well as protecting the item that is being transported. In many cases the owner of removable goose neck (RGN) trailers may add ramps to the trailer thus making it easier and quicker to load/unload items. Especially farming equipment or dozers, loaders, back-hoes, trucks, tractors and scrapers or any specialized equipment that has tracks or wheels. One of the most popular accessories is tarps. Tarps provide protection for items that are being shipped and can cut down on the possibility of damages. Keeping insurance claims to a minimum is always a smart idea.

 

Removable goose neck trailers with additional axles.

Heavy equipment shipping is a demand that is increasing. As we grow so do our capabilities which usually means larger equipment. As you can see in our illustration above 5 axle removable goose neck trailers are in demand these days and the owner of one with the right customers can have a 5 axle removable goose neck (RGN) combination running team drivers pretty much year round.

Large equipment hauling on removable goose neck trailers.

​Flatbed oriented trailers are capable of hauling a very diverse range of items. While items like connex trailers, tiny houses and general freight can help keep a trucking company busy generating revenue the real purpose of removable goose neck trailers is hauling big, heavy, tall machinery and equipment. As we mentioned earlier the target market for removable goose neck (RGN) trailers is equipment and machinery that may be heavy but also tall. This is the key element that drives demand for this type of trailer.

Equipment drivers future outlook

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Another season begins slowly with volumes down but this latest economic boost (growth of 1.2% in the first quarter!)

tells us the future looks bright for the shipping industry. Signs of increasing consumer confidence are evident as we are starting to see sales of boats, swimming pools, machinery and auction equipment.

If you’re not already using the Wideload Shipping phone app you will want to. It works on both iPhone and Android phones and is available in the itunes and Google play store; simply search “Wideload Shipping” and click install.

If you wish to search by state, try searching with the state/province name abbreviation or fully spelled out in your search. This will show all loads/customers shipping to/from this state/province. Be sure to leave us feedback!

Remember PiloTrac.com (http://pilotrac.com) is just a click away anywhere on the site and in the phone app.

Clicking on any of the links to pilot cars will take you to a live map with live pins in it. Simply click the pin for contact information.

Driver nutrition. This is a serious topic. Drivers need balanced nutrition and healthy choices to stay “heart smart” and alert on the road. Truck stops and Road-side diners think more about their profit margins than being consumer conscientious.
We’ll be reporting much more on this topic throughout the summer to help drivers live longer, healthier lives… stay tuned!

Quick reminders:
* Check rig brakes, air and all fluids.
* Inspect all signs, flags and brackets/holders.
* Check all lights, turn signals and strobes.
* Inspect safety equipment flares and extinguishers.
* Check radio equipment, electronics, etc.
* Make sure driver safety vest, jobsite hard hat’s in good shape, fits your driver and is in the cab handy.

If your drivers do not have TWIC cards, get them. There’s no reason you should miss out on work over something so trivial. Need a TWIC card? Need TWIC cards? (https://www.tsa.gov/for-industry/twic) .

We expect a solid season with driver safety at the top of the list and driver nutrition to follow. Please consider these issues as they promote a healthy, sustainable and profitable company.

Let’s have a great season!

 

WideloadShipping.com

Preparing your equipment for shipping

Preparing your equipment for shipping.

Preparing your equipment for shipping is very important. There are many things that will need your attention. The first thing to consider it public safety since it will be shipped over public roads and highways. You will need to make sure that nothing can come off of your equipment and cause an accident. This includes personal items within the operator cockpit or even things like seat cushions or panels that might fly off when subjected to the high winds during transport. Once your sure that nothing can come off of your equipment you will want to move on to the larger tasks. At this point we’re figuring that you have already completed the following steps:

 

Preparing your equipment for shipping.

Preparing your shipment for transport is vital.

Your equipment is almost ready to ship but you’re not done yet.

Now that you’re this far it’s time to close this deal by making sure you are prepared with a few final items. Many people jump the gun on this step and go with whatever shipping company that gave them a lowest shipping quote. But there’s usually much more to the process. We’ll go over a short list of considerations for you;

  • Does your equipment need to be loaded onto the truck via crane or does it have wheels? If it has wheels don’t assume that the driver of the truck knows how to operate it. Make sure you have a equipment operator on site.
  • Does your equipment have fuel in the tanks or other flammables that are required by law to be removed? Many states require that you completely empty to fuel tanks on tractors, dozers, etc.
  • Some states require dozers exclusively be shipped with the blade detached. What’s your case?
  • Can the height of your equipment be reduced to save you on shipping and transport costs?

You will also want to make sure that you have created a lading bill for the driver of the equipment shipping company. You can ship anything over the road without a bill of lading. You will at some point be required by the equipment transport company to sign a transportation agreement. Make sure you read this document in its entirety and have them initial and re-send or fax you can copy of the revisions. They absolutely revise it as it’s their contract so don’t take “no” for an answer if you think you may be affected by it. Your having those thoughts for a reason.

Make sure you are prepared to load your equipment that needs to be shipped.

Remember if you delay a equipment shipping company beyond the amount of time specified on the transportation agreement you will be liable for truck detention time fees that are billed additionally. Being prepared means that you have done everything possible to prevent this. So, at the loading site make sure you have extra stuff. Make sure that if you are loading a dozer or loader or equipment with tires or tracks that you have discussed the issue of ramps with your shipper. Does the trailer have ramps? If not do you have ramps or a pile of dirt they can back up to that will serve as ramps? Do you have extra lumber to block with? A saw to cut lumber with? Duct tape, baling wire and anything else you can think of to account for the unaccountable? Odds are you’re going to need it. There’s nothing like being truly prepared, especially with equipment shipping.

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