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PERMITS: Alabama oversize permits are valid for five consecutive days. Must have permit prior to entering state.
OPERATING TIME: Daylight only (one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset) Monday through Saturday. No travel on Sundays.
RESTRICTED TRAVEL: No travel on major holidays and Holiday weekends.
Length: 57′ trailers
53’6″ on roads less than 12′ wide
85′ overall (unless trailer exceeds 57′)
Overhang: 10′ front, 5′ rear
Note: 60′ Structural steel is exempt from permits and escorts
Width: 8’6″ (8′ on lanes less than 12′ wide)
Weight: 80,000 Gross
Single – 20,000
Tandem – 34,000
Tridem – 42,000
ROUTINE PERMIT LIMITS:
Length: 150′ (maximum overhang 20′)
Overhang: 20′ rear overhang is the maximum permitted.
Width: 16′ (over 16′ cannot use Interstate)
5 axles – 102,000
6 axles – 124,000
7 axles – 146,000
8 axles – 168,000
Maximum without special permission
Steer – 14,000
Single – 22,000
Tandem – 44,000
Tridem – 66,000
Quad – 88,000
Loads exceeding these dimensions, over 180,000 are Super Loads.
Length: With legal trailer length
over 90′ – 1 escort
over 105′ – 2 escorts
Trailer length over 57′ – 1 rear escort
Overhang: over 5′ rear overhang – 1 escort.
Width: over 12′ – 1 escort.
Height: over 16’* – 1 escort *(may be needed at lower heights on some routes)
Bucket or Blade Rule: If bucket or blade protrudes past sides of trailer at 12′ wide – 1 escort. (No escort needed if outriggers are used to prevent bucket or blade from protruding sides of trailer).
Miscellaneous: Bulldozers, front end loaders and similar equipment shall be loaded with the blade to the rear any time the blade protrudes beyond the transporting vehicle. Overweight dozer and blade must be attached, or else hauled on separate loads if blade is detached.
60′ Structural steel is exempt from permits and escorts.
SIGNS, FLAGS & LIGHTS: “Oversize Load” signs front and rear of any overwidth or overlength vehicle. Flags must be placed at front and rear corners of any overdimensional load or vehicle. Over 4′ rear overhang requires lights at night. (Over 5′ needs permit, and can’t run at night). There are no sign or flag requirements for overheight only or overweight only loads.
Alabama Blade and Bucket Rule: 2 pilot cars are required at 12′ in Alabama any time a blade or bucket protrudes past the edges of the trailer. This applies to dozers, excavators and any other equipment with a blade or bucket. Also, the blade or bucket must be loaded to the rear.
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Below is a list of the states and where to find their updated permits
The following pages provide links to the state’s general guidelines for oversize permits and escorts for over dimensional/heavy haul shipping. State regulations are subject to change. If you find something incorrect let us know and we will verify and update the page accordingly.
Click on the states below for links to the state's guidelines for permitting oversize loads and escorts for over dimensional / heavy haul shipping. These regulations are subject to change for each state. If something doesn't look correct, give us a shout and let us know so we can property update the page.