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Travel is allowed during daylight hours, 5 days a week for the following vehicles and vehicle combinations:
Vehicles or vehicle combinations with load exceeding 18 feet wide, or 120 feet long, or 18 feet high.
No travel on Saturday, Sunday, holidays and holiday weekends, and "red routes" from 3pm Friday until sunrise Monday.
Divisible load permits are available for vehicles up to 95' in length and 131,060 lbs. GVW, depending on axle spacings. Axle weights must be within legal limits, however, and comply with the Federal Bridge Formula.
Travel is prohibited from 3:00 pm Friday until sunrise Saturday and from 12 noon Sunday until sunrise
Monday for loads exceeding:
10’ (3.04m) wide 110’ (33.53m) long 14’6” (4.42m) high
Travel is prohibited from 3:00 pm Friday until sunrise Monday for loads exceeding:
18’ (5.49m) wide 120’ (36.58m) long 18’ (5.49m) high Insurance — Proof of insurance must be carried in the cab with minimum coverage of $1 million.
Weekend/Night Travel – Travel allowed during hours of darkness, weekend, holidays, and red route highways providing dimensions do not exceed: 10 feet in width, 14 feet 6 inches in height; 110 feet in length.
Travel is allowed during the hours of daylight, 7 days a week (excluding holidays and holiday weekends, and Red Routes), providing the vehicle or load does not exceed 18’ wide, 120’ long or 18’ high (Over 17’ high must have Helena approval).
Travel is allowed during the hours of daylight, Monday through Friday, for vehicles exceeding 18’ wide, or 120’ long or 18’ high (Over 17’ high must have Helena approval). Travel IS NOT allowed on Saturday, Sunday, Holidays and Holiday weekends Holiday – Vehicle combinations exceeding 10 feet wide (11 feet 6 inches for commercial hay grinders), 110 feet long and over 14 feet 6 inches high are not allowed to travel on holidays or holiday weekends. If the holiday is on Friday or Saturday there is no travel on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. If the holiday falls on Sunday or Monday there is no travel on Saturday, Sunday or Monday. If the holiday falls on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, travel is not allowed on that day only, and travel will be allowed on the days preceding and following the holiday.
Holidays are New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
MT-3 05/14 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual Inclement Weather – During the spring, when temperatures cause road surface to breakup and generally deteriorate, the highways most affected are restricted to lower axle weights and speed restrictions. Go to http://www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfo/ Exteme caution should be exercised in the operation of a vehicle when hazardous conditions such as those caused by snow, ice, sleet, fog, mist, rain, dust, smoke, areas of maintenance and construction or any other condition which adversely affect visibility, traction, or the safety of the traveling public. Speed shall be reduced when such conditions exist. When conditions become sufficiently dangerous, the company or operator shall discontinue operations until the vehicle can be safely operated, NO TRAVEL is allowed when the route has been placed under emergency travel conditions as determined by MTDOT.
Permit Information Required — Tractor information; load description; overall dimensions; gross weight;
axle weights- axle spacing; origin and destination; routes to be traveled; effective dates; US DOT# and FEIN.
PERMIT TYPESSingle Trip — Depends on licensing agreements/dimensions exceeding annual permit dimensions.
$10 O.S. $20 Triples Annual Oversize — $75 maximum dimensions, 15’0” wide, 95’0” long, 14’6” high and doubles with 81’ combined trailer length or 95’ combination length.
Annual Overlength Doubles for doubles combinations over 95' and up to 100', on the Interstate plus 2 miles access, for apportioned/ reciprocity registered vehicles only. $125 Term Permits — $200 Triples. Term permits expire on December 31 each year. There is no grace period on Term Permits.
Western Regional Permit Agreement Is an agreement with Montana, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington that allows a carrier to order a permit valid for 5 consecutive days from a single jurisdiction and have all the member states included.
These permits can be ordered from any jurisdiction along the route that is to be traveled. Each state has designated routes, which includes all interstate highways plus other specific routes.
Movement of mobile homes is not covered under the Western Regional Permit Agreement.
Term Over-Dimensional Permit Fees:
95 feet long, 15 feet wide, 14’6” high: $75.00 100 feet long (interstate only permit): $125.00 120 feet long: non-divisible length (Width and height are NOT included): $125.00 Triples Permit: $200.00
Single Trip Over-Dimensional Permits:
Trip Oversize: $10.00 100 feet long (interstate) single-trip permits: $10.00 Triples Permit: $20.00 $10.00 for distances to and including 100 miles non-divisible exceeding $30.00 for distances from 101 to 199 miles bridge, legal $50.00 for distances over 200 miles traveled axle weight The charge for the permit to move a load that exceeds the single axle, tandem axle, or axle group limits set forth in 61-10-107 (federal 30B formula), the following fee is based upon the sum excess in axle or axle
group weights. The new fees are listed below:
The mileage must be rounded off in units of 25 miles and mileage in excess of a 25-mile increment must be assessed at the next higher 25-mile increment.
The weight must be rounded off in 5,000 pound increments and weight in excess of a 5,000 pound increment must be assessed at the next higher 5,000-pound increment.
There will be an annual overweight permit for $200.00 for a load that is in excess of the limits set forth in 61-10-107, but that does not exceed a total of 5,000 pounds in excess axle weight.
$200 for a term permit for a load that is in excess of the limits set forth in 61-10-107(1) but that does not exceed a total of 5,000 pounds in excess axle weight;
$500 for a term permit for a load that is in excess of the limits set forth in 61-10-107(1) but that does not exceed a total of 10,000 pounds in excess axle weight; no single axle to exceed 5,000 pounds excess axle weights.
$750 for a term permit for a load that is in excess of the limits set forth in 61-10-107(1) but that does not exceed a total of 15,000 pounds in excess axle weight, with no single axle exceeding 5,000 pounds in excess axle weight;
$1,000 for a term permit for a load that is in excess of the limits set forth in 61-10-107(1) but that does not exceed a total of 20,000 pounds in excess axle weight, with no single axle exceeding 5,000 pounds in excess axle weight and no tandem axle exceeding 15,000 pounds in excess axle weight.
Term permits for excess axle weights exceeding 10,000 pounds must have a weight analysis for the vehicle configuration issued by the Department.
ESCORTS AND SIGNSLabeling — Flashing lights Oversize load signs must have black lettering on a light background. Signs must be displayed when loads exceed 10' in width.
Escort Vehicles and Personnel — Vehicles over 110' (120' on Interstate) in length must have a rear escort. Vehicles over 12'6" (on two lane roads) in width must have a lead escort. Vehicles over 16'6" in width must have both lead and rear escorts. However, on the Interstate, trucks over 16'6" wide must have a rear escort.
Additional requirements may be imposed for weight.
REGULATIONS AND EOUIPMENT FOR FLAG VEHICLES(1) A flag vehicle size and weight. A flag vehicle may pull a trailer or carry any item(s) or equipment or
load in or on the flag vehicle which:
(a) does not exceed legal limits of size and weight; and (b) does not obstruct the view of the flashing lights or signs used by the flag vehicle.
(3) A sign with the words “oversize load” or similar wording shall be visible from the front of the vehicle and rear of the vehicle at all times when piloting an oversize load. Letters shall not be less than 8 inches in height. The letters shall be dark in color on a light colored background.
(4) Flashing amber lights, visible front and rear, a minimum of 5 inches in diameter, 50 candlepower, 60 to 90 flashes per minute, shall be mounted at each end of a “wide load” sign on the roof of the flag vehicle. A revolving or strobe light may be substituted for flashing lights. Lights shall be flashing at all times when piloting an oversize load.
(5) All flag vehicles shall be equipped with two way radio communication
REGULATIONS AND EQUIPMENT FOR VEHICLES OR LOADS EXCEEDING 10 FEET WIDE(1) A sign with the words “OVERSIZE LOAD” shall be mounted at any visible height on the front and rear of the load. Letters shall not be less than 8 inches in height. The letters shall be dark in color on a light colored background.
(2) On the power unit, flashing amber lights, a minimum of 5 inches in diameter, 50 candle power, 60 to 90 flashes per minute, shall be mounted at each end of the wide load sign. A revolving light or strobe light may be substituted for flashing lights. Lights shall be flashing at all times when moving an oversize vehicle or load.
(3) Flag vehicles may be required under ARM 18.8.511A in lieu of “oversize load” signs and flashing lights.
(4) Towing vehicles must be equipped with two-way radio communications if flag vehicles are required under ARM 18.8.511A.
WHEN FLAG VEHICLES ARE REQUIRED
(a) When traveling on interstate highways, (i) Width over 16.5 feet, one rear flag vehicle.
(ii) Length over 120 feet, one rear flag vehicle.
(b) When traveling on non-interstate highways, (i) Width over 12.5 feet, to and including 16.5 feet, one front flag vehicle.
(ii) Width over 16.5 feet, one front and one rear flag vehicle.
(iii) Length over 110 feet, one rear flag vehicle.
(2) A vehicle or load not equipped as required in 18.8.510B must use one front and one rear flag vehicle for all travel.
CERTIFICATION – Pilot Car Escort Certification is not currently required.
FINES Overdimension Only: ranges from $30 to $100.
Penalties for overweight violations:
Fines are calculated beginning from legal weight. Drivers are not permitted to shift load to avoid an over axle citation.
RESTRICTED TRAVELMoving heavy equipment at railroad grade crossings.
(1) 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 a vertical body or load clearance of less than one-half inch per foot of the distance between any two adjacent axles or in any event less than 9", measured above the level surface of a roadway, upon or across any tracks at a railroad grade crossing without first complying with this section.
(2) Notice of any such intended crossing shall be given to a station agent of such railroad and reasonable time be given to such railroad to provide proper protection at such crossing.
(3) Before making any such crossing the person operating or moving any such vehicle or equipment shall first stop the same not less than 15' or more than 50' from the nearest rail of such railroad and while stopped shall listen and look both directions along such track for any approaching train and for signals indicating the approach of train, and shall not proceed until the crossing can be made safely.
(4) 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 a railroad train or car. If a flagman is provided by the railroad, movement over the crossing shall be under his direction.
PORTS OF ENTRY
Montana has several ports of entry including but not limited to the following:
Del Bonita - Del Bonita
4071 Chalk Butte 41 miles north of Cut Bank on Hwy 213 Cut Bank, MT 59427-9109
4071 Chalk Butte Cut Bank, MT 59427-9109 Phone: 406-336-2130 Fax: 406-336-2137 Morgan - Loring
53869 US Highway 191 N Loring, MT 59537-9600
HC 82 Box 9250 Loring, MT 59537-9600 Phone: 406-674-5248 Fax: 406-674-5237 Piegan - Babb
Post Office Box 109 Babb, MT 59411-0109 Phone: 406-732-5572 Fax: 406-732-5574 Raymond - Raymond
Hwy 16 north of Raymond Raymond, MT 59256
P.O. Box 157 Raymond, MT 59256-0157 Phone: 406-895-2664 Fax: 406-895-2635 Roosville - Roosville
8395 Highway 93 North Eureka, MT 59917-9331 Phone: 406-889-3865 Fax: 406-889-5076
PERMIT ORDERINGThe Internet self-issuing permit program is available, on-line, 365 days per year. Carriers interested in becoming an Internet Permit user may apply via the website at https://app.mt.gov/ipermit/index.html by clicking on “Self-Issuing Internet Permit Application”. The application process normally takes 2-3 weeks to complete.
Montana DOT also provides a faxable permit application form on line at www.mdt.mt.gov/business/mcs/permits.shtml
SPECIAL NOTESRecent Changes – Motor Carrier Services (MCS) has released the latest version of the MDT Permitting Program. The newest version uses Sun Java and is compatible with Internet Explorer 8.
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.
Loads over the above listed dimensions or weight will need clerk review
Self propelled equipment:
Maximum single axle weight 25,000 lbs and tandem 47,000 lbs.
Maximum GVW can not exceed 94,000 lbs on 4 axles, 107,000 lbs on 5 axles, or 120,000 lbs on 6 axles (State Highways only).
Interstate Highways: No single axle over 20,000 lbs.