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Warning Signs with Light(s) The permitted vehicle with load must display, front and rear, an “Oversize Load” sign having a yellow background on an 18" by 72" board, with series C black letters 10" high with a 1-5/8th inch brush stroke.
When escorts are required, the sign on the escort vehicle must have dimensions of at least 1' x 5' with black letters 8" high with a 1-1/8th inch brush stroke. Signs shall not extend beyond the left (traffic) side fender or more than 6” beyond the right side fender.
Whenever signs are required, a single or dual amber flashing light(s) is required front and rear on the permitted vehicle/vehicle combination, as well as, on the escort facing traffic. The flashing light(s) may be either (1) a strobe type, (2) rotating beacon type, or (3) 4" diameter or similar surface area disc type light.
Amber flashing lights and signs must be visible for at least 500', and must have a flash rate of 60 to 90 flashes per minute.
When Escort Vehicles and Personnel Required On escort vehicles, when escorts are required, a sign(s) stating "Wide Load" is required when the load width exceeds 12', but if width is less than 12' and length is longer than 95', a sign(s) stating "Long Load" is required. An “Oversize Load” sign may be used instead of Wide or Long Load signs.
One lead Peace (police) Officer is required whenever the permitted load cannot stay on its own side of the centerline and encroaches upon opposing traffic.
Flashing lights must be placed on the load at least 20" above ground, and if dual lights, must be spaced as far apart as practical.
Overweight Fines: Fines range from 1 cent per pound overweight, where the offense is 1,000 pounds or less overweight, to $610 plus 20 cents per pound of excess weight, where the offense is more than 7,000 pounds overweight. Fines are assessed beginning from the legal weight, not the permit weight.
Operators may be cited for both over axle and over gross weight violations. If that vehicle is not registered for the weight carried, the driver may also be cited for that violation. The operator is not permitted to shift the load to avoid an over-axle citation. The Oversize/Overweight Permit does not include a registered weight increase. The registered weight increase must be obtained through the State of MN, Prorate and Reciprocity Office at 651-205-4141 or the office that normally handles your vehicle registrations.
RESTRICTED TRAVELLane closures that don't show a specific width limit on Mn511 are automatically restricted for permitted loads to a 11'0" wide limit.
If you travel off State Trunk Highways ("I", "US", or "MN" State routes), you need approval from the local road authority, i.e., county, city, township.
Seasonal Road and Bridge Restrictions Bridges with rated capacities less than the maximum legal limit in Minnesota have gross weight restrictions posted. You must observe these restrictions. Annually, during the periods that Mn/DOT officially imposes seasonal road restrictions, county highways, township roads, and City streets not paved with concrete are restricted to five-ton axle posting, unless signs indicate otherwise. Throughout the year, any public roadway may be restricted to less than normal weights, as indicated by signs posted that limit axle and axle group weights. For additional information about seasonal load limits, go to http://www.mrr.dot.state.mn.us.
Moving heavy equipment at railroad grade crossings.
No rule on file.
PORTS OF ENTRYPort Of Entry-Duluth, MN and Superior, WI
You can get a permit by:
Online 24/7 Permit Service Walk-in How long will it take to receive my permit?
Generally 1 business day.
However, three (3) or more business days are required for processing applications that need special handling. (Special handling is defined as application(s) requiring, but not limited to the following: district review, route survey, and most selfpropelled vehicles) Introducing WINNDOT — a cross-border permitting partnership You can now order Minnesota and Wisconsin permits with just one application! Please use the new WINNDOT portal.
SPECIAL NOTESRecent Changes – Faxed permit applications discontinued Starting July 15, 2014 applications for oversize/overweight permits are no longer accepted by fax.
Applications are still acceptedonline, in person at our St. Paul office, or by postal mail.
Introducing WINNDOT — a cross-border permitting partnership You can now order Minnesota and Wisconsin permits with just one application! Please use the new WINNDOT portal.
Avoid delays: enter product dimensions with product.
If blade trailers are rear steering, note it in description Other-WINDTOWER Blade 90’L on Rear Steerable Trailer Other-WINDTOWER Base Section 120’L x 15’W x 13’H Other-WINDTOWER Turbine 40’L x 11’W x 12’H
Route Survey Criteria:
A physical route survey is required when any of the following are exceeded: 15’6” High or 185’0” Long or 20’0” Wide. Minimum clearances include: 1’0” on each side of vehicle/load; 1’0” under load clearance; 6 inches under trailer/semi-trailer clearance; and 6 inch clearance under overhead obstacles. A physical route survey is only valid when the surveyor verifies the noted route will allow safe travel and sufficient clearance for the noted dimensions. The survey must not be performed earlier than 14 days prior to permit start date.
We require the 6-digit Mn/DOT Application Number be written on the route survey form to match with permit application.
“Special Notices” information will be posted on the main page of our web site at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/cvo/oversize/oversize.html For a listing of “Permanent Restrictions” and “Bridge Weight Changes”, go to the Permits A-Z section of our web site.
The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association is pleased to publish this Oversize/ Overweight Permit Manual.
Each state analysis includes information in a standardized format: contact, legal limits, special permit limits, general restrictions, types of permits available, fees, escort needs, fines, and restricted travel areas. Telephone numbers, locations, and hours of operation are listed for ports of entry and permit branches. However, readers are always advised to check with the state offices on current laws and procedures. This project could not have been completed without the advice and consultation of many state officials. We thank all of those who provided permit manuals, maps, laws, regulations, and various other forms of documentation.
Legal Notice This SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual is intended only to provide concise, easily read information, useful in planning movements of overdimensional and overweight loads. This Permit Manual is not intended to be an accurate summary of all the applicable laws and regulations. Users of the Permit Manual should confirm the information contained herein before dispatching vehicles and loads. The SC&RA cautions Permit Manual users that state laws and regulations are subject to change without notice, and that some time elapses between the effective date of such changes and the amendment of the Permit Manual to reflect those changes. The SC&RA assumes no responsibility for accident, injury, loss or claim, penalties or any other damage resulting from reliance on the contents of this Permit Manual.
SASHTO: 100’ long, 14’ wide, 14’ high, and 120,000 lbs weight.
MS-2 01/15 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual
PERMIT RESTRICTIONSGeneral – Single-Trip Permits are valid for three days. Travel is permitted from one-half hour after sunrise to one-half hour before sunset Monday through Saturday. No travel is permitted on Sundays, major holidays, or after 12:00 noon on days preceding major holidays unless otherwise specified.
Each permit issued must be carried in the vehicle to which it refers at all times during the move.
Divisible load permits are not available.
Insurance — Applicants shall provide a valid Federal DOT number or a Certificate of Insurance with the Department listed as the certificate holder with no less than Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000) single limit liability on file with the Department. Exceptions may be made when in the opinion of Department a movement is not of a nature likely to cause damage to the highway or one time personal movements. Applicable vehicle liability insurance is required.
Exceptions may be made for federal and state agencies, counties and municipalities moving their own equipment with their own vehicles or when, in the opinion of the Department of Transportation a non-recurring single movement is not of a nature likely to cause damage to the highway.
It is noted that Section 63-5-53, Mississippi Code of 1972, places damage liability upon the permit holder.
Weekend/Night Travel – Movements shall be made between One-half (1/2) hour after sunrise to one-half (1/2) hour before sunset Monday through Saturday.
Night movements may be permitted for loads not exceeding twelve (12) feet in width, or 150,000 pounds or 99 feet long (Maximum rear overhang four (4) feet).
When moving at night operating on two (2) lane roadways (one lane per direction of travel) loads 10 feet wide or greater will require, at minimum, the use of a front escort and flashing amber lights mounted on the rear of the load.
When moving at night operating on divided highways (two or more through lanes per direction of travel) loads 10 feet wide or greater will require, at minimum, the use of a rear escort and flashing amber lights mounted on the rear of the load.
Loads less than ten (10) feet in width will require, at minimum, flashing amber lights mounted on the rear of the load. (No escorts required) Holiday – Movement will not be allowed on Sunday, after 12:00 noon on days preceding or on the following holidays; New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas, unless permitted.
Inclement Weather - Such movements shall not be made during times of heavy rain, snow, during other hazardous weather conditions, or any time when the ground speed of the wind exceeds 25 miles per hour.
Over width loads shall not be moved during inclement weather.
Permit Information Required — Tractor information; load description; overall dimensions; origin and destination; gross weight; number of axles, routes to be traveled and method of payment.
PERMIT TYPESSingle Trip
Blanket — For use to twelve months for specified commodities:
Continuous Movement/Self Issued Blanket Authorization (CMSI). Continuous Movement/Self Issued Blanket Authorization – authorizes companies transporting sealed containerized cargo or equipment to move 24/7, with gross weight not to exceed 95,000 pounds. All other dimensions must be legal. The CMSI blanket authorization must be renewed each year. Authorizes companies to issue their own permits without contacting the Department.
MS-3 01/15 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual Special Annual Heavy Haul. All vehicles permitted for movement under the Special Heavy Equipment Blanket Permit will be allowed 7 days a week, 24 hour movement for loads not exceeding 150,000 pounds, 12 feet wide, 13 feet 6 inches high or 99 feet long. When moving at night operating on two (2) lane roadways (one lane per direction of travel) loads 10 feet wide or greater will require, at minimum, the use of a front escort and flashing amber lights mounted on the rear of the load. When moving at night operating on divided highways (two or more through lanes per direction of travel). Loads 10 feet wide or greater will require, at a minimum, the use of a rear escort and flashing amber lights mounted on the rear of the load. Loads less than ten (10) feet in width will require, at minimum, flashing amber lights mounted on the rear of the load. (No escorts required). Special Heavy Equipment Blanket Permit is Four Thousand FiveHundred Dollars ($4,500.00) for excess weight and is non refundable. The permit shall expire one (1) year from the issue date or on the expiration date of the insurance policy. An over width blanket permit not exceeding 14 feet is available for One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) annually. The permit will be vehicle specific.
Continuous Movement Over Length Trailer. Maximum length truck and trailer combination not to exceed 99 feet.
Oversize Manufactured Housing Blanket Authority. May be issued for non-divisible manufactured housing over 14 ft. in width not exceeding 16 ft. in width, not exceeding 14 ft. in height, overall length of towing vehicle and manufactured housing must not exceed 120 feet, and legal weight. Pre-numbered permit books must be purchased from the Department. Each book contains 50 permits and cost $500.00. ($10.00 per permit). The permittee will complete a permit form for each trip; the original will be placed in the vehicle. Completed books must be returned to the Department.
Timber Industry Two-Piece Load Blanket Permit. Authorizes the movement of two pieces of equipment used in the timber industry as a one piece load. The company will be issued a series of prenumbered permit forms. The company will complete the permit form prior to any move, fax the form to the Permit Office, and issue a copy of the permit to the driver of the vehicle. The Department’s permit staff will review submitted permits and bill the company. If any discrepancies are noted by the Department the company will be notified prior to billing. If the permit is not faxed to the Permit office, or if it is not displayed by the driver upon request, the move will be deemed not to have a permit and will be penalized accordingly.
No tandem axle may exceed 44,000 pounds, and no tri-axle may exceed 60,000 pounds. If the gross vehicle weight exceeds 100,000 pounds, the company will be deemed not to have a permit and will be penalized accordingly. Two-Piece Load Blanket Permit is valid on state routes only.
FEES Overdimensional — $10.
Overweight— $.05 per mile per thousand pounds over 80,000 lbs.
CMSI - $500 per year per company.
Special Annual Heavy Haul - $4,500 per pulling unit for excess weight. An over width blanket permit not exceeding 14 feet is available for One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) annually.
Continuous Movement Over Length Trailer - $100 per year per company. Written application must be submitted, including a list of highways to be traveled.
Oversize Manufactured Housing Blanket Authority – No charge; however, Pre-numbered permit books must be purchased from the Department. Each book contains 50 permits and cost $500.00. ($10.00 per permit).
Timber Industry Two-Piece Load Blanket Permit - $200 per year.
ESCORTS AND SIGNSLabeling — Oversize load signs on vehicles over 12' in width must be displayed at the front and rear of the vehicle. Signs are required to be 84" x 18", with wording “OVERSIZE LOAD” in black letters 10" high with 1brush stroke on yellow or orange background.
Flags are required at all four corners and all extremities, for vehicles over 8'6" in width. Flags must be red and at least 18" square.
MS-4 01/15 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual Escort Vehicles and Personnel — One rear escort for vehicles over 99' in length. One escort is required for vehicles over 13’ in width. Two escorts required for over 120' long or 16' wide. Rear overhang of 15’ or greater will require a permit and a front and/or rear escort and front projection exceeding 15’ or greater requires front and/or rear escort Certification – Pilot Car Escort Certification is not currently required.
FINES Overdimension Only: Any vehicle and/or load in violation of the permitting rules or regulations, or caught on prohibited sections of highway will be fined $250.00 and/or a 6-month permit suspension.
Vehicles are fined for over-gross or over-axle weight, but not both. Fine is assessed based on either calculation, whichever is higher, and is assessed from legal weight. Drivers may be allowed to shift load by the scale master.