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«Legal Notice This SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual is intended only to provide concise, easily read information, useful in planning movements of ...»

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Weekend/Night Travel – Overdimension loads cannot travel at night without the Permit Unit Chiefs approval.

No travel is permitted on major holidays. Loads that are legal dimensions but overweight may travel 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Effective July 1, 2010 the Illinois Department of Transportation is extending hours of service for routine

permit loads on state jurisdiction highways Saturday afternoons and on Sundays for loads described below:

Over dimension permit loads with dimensions equal to or less than 12‟ wide, 13‟6” high, 115‟ long that do not exceed practical maximum weights (see Section 554.604) are authorized to move from ½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour after sunset, 7 days a week. Over dimension permit loads with dimensions greater than 12‟wide, 13‟6”high, 115‟ long are authorized from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset Monday through Friday, and from ½ hour before sunrise until noon, Saturday (unless specified otherwise on the provision sheet or permit).

Overweight permit loads with legal dimensions are allowed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week movement. Movements are further restricted on specific holidays and holiday weekends (see http://www.dot.il.gov/tpublic.html#truckers for details).

Holiday –

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Noon on Monday, December 31 through Sunrise Wednesday, January 2, 2013 Noon on Saturday, May 25 through Sunrise Tuesday, May 28, 2013 Noon on Wednesday, July 3 through Sunrise Friday, July 5, 2013 Noon on Saturday, August 31 through Sunrise Tuesday, September 3, 2013 Noon on Wednesday, November 27 through Sunrise Friday, November 29, 2013 Noon on Tuesday, December 24 through Sunrise Thursday, December 26, 2013 Noon on Tuesday, December 31 through Sunrise Thursday, January 2, 2014 Noon on Saturday, May 24 through Sunrise Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Noon on Thursday, July 3 through Sunrise Saturday, July 5, 2014 Noon on Saturday, August 30 through Sunrise Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Noon on Wednesday, November 26 through Sunrise Friday, November 28, 2014 Noon on Wednesday, December 24 through Sunrise Friday, December 26, 2014 Inclement Weather – Move shall not be made when highway is covered with snow or ice, or when visibility is unduly impaired by rain, snow, fog, smog, or at any time travel conditions are considered to be unsafe by the Illinois State Police (ISP). ISP may direct or escort a vehicle off the roadway to a place of safety.

Permit Information Required — Account number or/MasterCard or Visa number; Permittee name;

tractor license number*; manufacturer of load*; model # or serial # of load*; description of load; number of axles*; gross weight*; axle weights*; axle spacings*; overall dimensions; origin and destination;

effective dates; method of transmission.

*These items are needed only if the load is overweight or if applying for a legal weight round trip permit.

NOTE: Revised Spacing Requirements for Overweight Permit loads (Loaded & Towed method of movements) Effective July 1, 2010, the IL Dept of Transportation has changed the minimum spacing requirements for overweight permits employing loaded routine and superload permits or towed routine permits are

as follows:

The spacing required between the Steer Axle and the first axle on the tractor tandem may not be less than 8’ 1” The spacing required before the first axle of the trailer may not be less than 18’ 6” The sum of all axle spacings must be at least 43’ 6” These new requirements will take precedence over all existing valid permits (including 90 day Limited Continuous Operation permits) that contain the previous minimum spacing requirements (19’ & 44’).

Note: For the purpose of determining axle spacing measurements, axles are to be measured from the centers of each axle. Spacing requirements stated above and on permits are absolute minimums. For example, a measurement of 18’ 5” does NOT meet the 18’ 6” minimum requirement listed above and would thus, be subject to 554.315 (Definition of Violation of Permit) 6) “…EXCEPTION: Failure to comply with the general and specific provisions and notes pertaining to minimum axle spacings, as described on the permit application and accompanying permit, will be considered a load operating without a permit,…” Note above for Towed method of movements, these requirements only apply to routine permits. Any application for towed loads that do NOT meet these minimum spacing requirements will automatically be moved and considered/processed within IDOT as a superload permit.

The Special Vehicle Movement Permit Provisions (FORM OPER 993) is part of the permit. The restrictions listed in the form govern the movement of vehicles or objects authorized by a written permit issued by IDOT under Section 15-301, of The IVC. The conditions and restrictions specified are a part of the permit as though written in detail in the transmittal. Form OPER 993 must be carried in the Vehicle to which the Permit applies.

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Single Trip — Good for one move to be made during a five day period.

Round Trip — Good for one move from origin to destination back to origin using the exact same routes to be made during a ten day period, with same or like object being moved and the same equipment being used.

Repeated Moves — Must order at least five moves at one time; available only for loads of concrete beams, cast rolled or extruded iron or other metal beams, girders or fittings, and laminated timber beams.

Limited Continuous Operation — 90 day and/or annual permits are issued for overdimensional objects with a variety dimensions allowed depending on the load being moved. 90 day and/or annual permits are issued for overweight/overdimensional objects that do not exceed practical maximum weights; 12’ wide;

115’ long; 13’6” high.

Special Trip — Movement to the site of a train derailment is available as an annual permit.

Special Trip — Towing from the site of a vehicle breakdown on the highway is available as a 90 day and/or an annual permit.

Special Trip – Movement of raw milk on non-interstate routes is available as a 90 day and/or an annual permit.

Special Trip – Movement of agricultural commodities over weight on an axle only is available for 40 consecutive days.

All permits, including LCO, must be applied for online at https://truckpermits.dot.illinois.gov FEES Fees for overdimension only (within legal weight) as described in the chart below.

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IL-6 11/14 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual *Mobile home combinations greater than 85’ long, use Category D ** All moves that exceed 16’ wide or 17’ wide will require a District Investigation and can take up to an additional ten business days to complete 554.505 (e).

Round trips are calculated by figuring the mileage one-way, then doubling that amount and locating the applicable category, to determine the round trip permit fee. Supplements for both round trip and single trip;

$5 plus any additional fees due to increased mileage. If application is for an overweight super load move a $50 non-refundable application fee will also apply.


For repeated moves permits, figure the regular permit fee for the overdimension, then subtract $4 for each additional move after the first.

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*The fees in this Table include dimensions up to 15’ high; 145’long; 12’wide.

For loads having width greater than 12’, an additional $15.00 is added to the fee indicated in this Table.

For loads greater then 15’ high; 145’ long; 14’6” wide, an additional fee from Table 3 is added to the fee indicated in this Table along with a $50.00 application fee if the load is overweight.

Other fees range from $15–145 for two axle vehicles, $12.50–145 for three or more axles, axle $15– 145 for four or more axles. Fees are based on the total number of axles, maximum gross weight, front tandem or axles (max)/axles, rear tandem or axle (max)/axles, and distance to be traveled.


Labeling — Red flags, 18" square, must be displayed on all four corners and the extremities of any overdimensional load.

All permitable loads must have a rotating, flashing or oscillating amber light that is visible from at least 500’ in all directions. If an escort vehicle is required they too must have a rotating, flashing or oscillating amber light that is visible from at least 500’ in all directions mounted atop of the escort vehicle.

IL-7 11/14 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual Oversize load signs must have 12' black letters of a 2" brush stroke on a yellow background. Sign must have dimensions of 7' x 1.5', and must be displayed on all loads that exceed 10’ wide, 74’ long or 14’6” high as well as on the escort vehicle, if required.

Escort Vehicles and Personnel — One civilian escort is required for all moves that 1) exceed 14’6” wide or 2) 14’6” high, or 3) exceed 110’ long.

Two civilian escorts, one in front of the load and one behind the load, are required for all moves that have a combination of two or more of the following dimensions: 1) exceed 14’6” wide, or 2) exceed 14’6” high, or

3) exceed 110’ long, or if the load 4) exceeds 18’ high.

Three civilian escorts are required for all moves that 1) exceed 16’ wide, or 2) exceed 145’ long (Special haul rigs when exceed 150’ long).

Illinois State Police escorts are required for all moves that 1) exceed 18’ high, or 2) exceed 18’ wide, or

3) exceed 200’ long and must be set up 24 hours before moving with the Central Office at 217-782-6527.

For all escort requirements see Sections 554.407 and 554.408 in the IDOT Policy Book.

Escorts must have proof of insurance of at least $500.000 per occurrence when accompanying loads.

Certification — Pilot Car Escort Certification is not currently required.

FINES Note - Call ISP - fines and enforcements at 217-782-6267 for additional information.

Sentence of Permit Moves: Whenever any vehicle is operated in violation of the provisions of a permit issued under the provisions of Sections 15-301 through 15-319 by operating under a fraudulent permit or under a permit not specifically covering the move, the owner or driver of such vehicle shall be deemed guilty of a business offense and either the driver or owner may be prosecuted for such violation. If convicted, the permit shall be null and void and such person, firm, or corporation shall be fined in an amount not less than $.10 per pound for each pound the gross weight of the vehicle exceeds the allowable gross weight for vehicle type.

The cost for overweight fines was doubled, effective 1/1/10. The fee schedule for overweight fines is as


Up to and including 2,000 pounds overweight: $100 surcharge $30 2001 through 2,500 pounds overweight: $270 surcharge $70 2,501 through 3,000 pounds overweight: $330 surcharge $90 3,001 through 3,500 pounds overweight: $520 surcharge $130 3,501 through 4,000 pounds overweight: $600 surcharge $150 4,001 through 4,500 pounds overweight: $850 surcharge $220 4,501 through 5,000 pounds overweight: $950 surcharge $240 5,001 or more pounds: $1,500 for the first 500 pounds overweight and $150 for each additional increment of 500 pounds overweight or fraction thereof, surcharge $420 plus



• Central Business District (CBD) boundaries – Cermak Rd (2200 S) to the south, Division St. (1200 N) to the north, Halsted St. (800 W) to the west and Lake Michigan to the east.

• Contact the City of Chicago Permit Office for travel times on city maintained routes both within and outside of the CBD bounded area.

• Travel Times on State Maintained routes both within and outside the CBD bounded area – See the Authorized Times of Movement section and/or Provision 9, if applicable, on this form.

• City of Chicago Permit Office – Contact should be made with the City of Chicago 312-744-4696 for all permitted loads traveling on any and all streets and highways, excluding expressways, within the city limits.

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• Cook County Expressways – Movement of loads exceeding 12’ in width, 13’ 6” in height, or 120,000 pounds or the own powered equivalent are prohibited on the expressways in Cook County; except Int55 south of exit 277, Int57 south of US 6 (159th St.), and Int290 north of toll road Int294. Own powered equivalents are: 4 or more axle vehicle up to 80,000 pounds gross; maximum 48,000 pounds on a tandem and 25,000 pounds per axle: or a 3 or more axle vehicle up to 68,000 pounds gross; maximum 48,000 pounds on a tandem and 25,000 pounds per axle: or a 2 axle vehicle up to 48,000 pounds with no axle exceeding 25,000 pounds

• Travel Times on State Maintained routes – See the Authorized Times of Movement section and/or Provision 9, if applicable, on this form.

• Cook County Permit Office – For permits within Cook County, excluding routes within the City of Chicago, call 312RESTRICTIONS FOR ILLINOIS TOLL ROADS:

• Movements on or over Illinois Toll Roads require permission from the Illinois Toll Authority (630-241-6800).

• A listing of structures crossing the toll roads can be found online at www.gettingaroundillinois.com under the truck permits route map or a listing is available at http://www.idot.illinois.gov/doing-business/permits/Oversize-andOverweight-Permits/index (click on Resources in middle of page and then click on Oversize/Overweight).

Moving heavy equipment at railroad grade crossing No person shall operate or move any crawler-type tractor, steam shovel, derrick, roller or any equipment or structure having a normal operating speed of 10 or less miles per hour, or, for such equipment with 18' or less distance between two adjacent axles, having a vertical body or load clearance of less than 9 inches above a level surface, or for such equipment with more than 18' between two adjacent axles, having a vertical body or load clearance of less than one-half inch per foot of distance between such adjacent axles above a level surface upon or across any tracks at a railroad grade crossing without first complying with this section.

Notice of such intended crossing shall be given to a superintendent of such railroad and a reasonable time be given to such railroad to provide proper protection at such crossing.

Before making any such crossing the person operating or moving any such vehicle or equipment shall first stop the same not less than 15' nor more than 50' from the nearest rail of such railway and while so stopped shall listen and look in both directions along such track for any approaching train and for signals indicating the approach of a train, and shall not proceed until the crossing can be made safely.

No such crossing shall be made when warning is given by automatic signal or crossing gates or a flagman or otherwise of the immediate approach of the railroad train or car.

For Methods of movement Loaded On and Towed, the available configurations are as outlined in the table below. The maximum gross weight available is 120000.

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The new Illinois Transportation Automated Permit system (ITAP) system allows customers to go online and apply. Most permits are immediately issued. Oftentimes, in order to complete your move, roads NOT authorized to be permitted by IDOT may be necessary. In all such cases involving local jurisdiction roads, permittees MUST obtain permission from appropriate local authorities prior to movement.


Recent Changes – IDOT launched the Illinois Transportation Automated Permits system, ITAP. With ITAP routine and Limited Continuous Operation permits are completely automated. Superload permits are still processed on a case by case basis by employees in the permit office.

Pending Changes – None noted.

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