State Oversize Permits & Escorts Information


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Pennsylvania DOT Phone Number: (717) 412-5300

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PERMITS: Pennsylvania oversize permits are valid for seven days. Must have permit prior to entering the state.

OPERATING TIME: Sunrise to sunset Monday through Friday, and Saturday sunrise until noon. Overweight only, not exceeding 107,000 pounds and not exceeding 70′ overall length, operating at prevailing speeds can have continuous travel.

RESTRICTED TRAVEL: Daylight only until noon on Saturdays, and no Sunday travel. Over 10 feet wide and/or 85 feet in length are not allowed any weekend travel. Inside urban areas (see map included with provision sheets), except for holidays, movement is allowed seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to sunset, and also 3:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. (but 2 pilots and special lighting required). City permit is required for Philadelphia for all routes except Interstates. Permit travel is usually not allowed from noon the day before the six major holidays and holiday weekends until the following weekday.

PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE: A permit must be ordered in advance if width is over 10′, length is over 85′, height is over 13’6, weight is over 125,000 pounds or any axle weight is over 22,400 pounds. Height over 13’6″ is not allowed on the mainline (I-76). Over 11′ wide, over 90′ long or over 15′ rear overhang requires a pilot car. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, O/D loads can travel between dawn to dusk Monday through Thursday, and dawn to noon on Friday. After Labor Day until Memorial Day, they can travel dawn to dusk Monday through Friday and dawn to noon on Saturday. Gross weight of 80,000 – 100,000 pounds is moderately expensive. Over 100,000 pounds is much more expensive. Online (Internet) toll calculator is available at: PA Turnpike phone number is (717) 939-9551, ext. 2980.

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Length: 53′ semitrailer (kingpin to center line of rear axle group must not exceed 41′). If combination is legal without load, no permit is required if load is 70′ or less or if overall length is 85′ or less and load is non-divisible (no extra length created by multiple end-to-end pieces). No overhang restrictions. This includes beams, utility poles, pipes, building materials, etc.

Overhang: Up to 6′ rear overhang allowed on a divisible load. No overhang is legal unless it is a non-divisible load as above.


  • 8’6″ on designated highways
  • 8′ on other roads

Height: 13’6″

Weight: 80,000

  • Steer Axle – 20,000
  • Single – 20,000
  • Tandem – 34,000
  • Tridem – 42,500


  • 120′
  • 160′ on 4-lane highways

Width: 16′

Height: 14’6″


  • Single – 27,000
  • Tandem – 52,000
  • Tridem – 63,000
  • Quad – 72,000

Loads exceeding 201,000 gross weight, width over 16 feet, or 160 feet overall length, are considered superloads.



  • Over 90′ – 1 escort
  • Over 160′ – police escort

Overhang: Over 15′ – 1 escort

Note: If both length exceeds 90′ and width exceeds 13′, front and rear pilots are required on all two-lane highways.


  • Over 13′ on all highways – 1 escort
  • Over 16′ – police escort

Height: Over 14’6″ – 1 escort with height pole, and PA requires a route survey to accompany application.

Weight: Over 201,000 – police escort.


  • If permit reduced speeds over bridges – 1 escort
  • If permit requires load to be only vehicle on a bridge, or to occupy more than one lane of traffic on a bridge – 2 escorts

Philadelphia: Police escort required when over and of the following:

  • 11’5″ wide
  • 14′ high
  • 75′ long
  • 145,000 pounds

MISCELLANEOUS: Dozers with blades that exceed 12′ in width, but no wider than 15′, may be hauled if a traffic protector guide rail device is securely fastened to the dozer. A detached bucket or blade cannot be hauled on an overweight load.

SIGNS, FLAGS & LIGHTS: “Oversize Load” signs are required on front of tractor and rear of load or trailer (whichever extends the farthest) on all oversized loads unless otherwise specified in the permit. Signs must be removed or covered when the vehicle/load is no longer oversize. Flags are required at the widest points of any oversize load. Rear overhang of 4′ or more must be flagged, or have a red light attached to the end of the load during darkness. Headlights and rear lamps of a permitted vehicle must be on during movement when traveling with pilot car(s).

Important Notice:
The following is provided for informational purposes only. We do not procure or arrange permits on behalf of carriers or discuss permit and escort requirements for particular shipments. The following links provide general guidelines for oversize permits and escorts for heavy haul shipping by state/province. State regulations are subject to change; If you find inaccurate information, please let us know, and we will update the page accordingly.