State Oversize Permits & Escorts Information

Rhode Island

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Rhode Island DOT Phone Number: (401) 222-2450

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PERMITS: Rhode Island oversize permits are valid for five days.

OPERATING TIME: Travel permitted one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. No weekend travel permitted.

RESTRICTED TRAVEL: No travel on major holidays and on VJ Day (2nd Monday in August). Movement may be restricted after 12:00 noon the day before a holiday.

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  • Interstate and designated highways – 53′ semitrailer (kingpin to center line of rear axle group must not exceed 41′)
  • Other roads 48′ semitrailer


  • 3′ front
  • 6′ rear

Width: 8’6″

Height: 13′ 6″

Weight: 80,000 Gross

  • Single – 22,400
  • Tandem – 36,000
  • Tridem – 42,000 with axles spacings less than 4’6″, 42,750 with 4’6″

Length: *

Width: *

Height: *

*Determined by routes and dimensions


  • Determined by spacings, usually 22,500 per axle is permitted
  • 5 Axles 6 Axles or 7 Axles – depends on spacings, weight and routing
  • Over 200,000 pounds, an outside engineering firm must survey the routes



  • Over 80′ – 1 escort
  • Over 90′ – 2 escorts

Overhang: Over 15′ – 1 escort


  • Over 12′ – 1 escort
  • Over 14’6″ – 2 escorts

Height: Over 14′ – 1 escort

Note: Some metropolitan areas may require police escorts

MISCELLANEOUS: Vehicles hauling poles, pipes, and other material of a structural nature that cannot be separated or readily dismembered do not need a special hauling permit unless the overall length exceeds 80′.

SIGNS & FLAGS: Warning signs are required for all oversize movements. “Oversize Load” signs are to be displayed on front of vehicle and on the end of the load for all loads exceeding legal width, length or rear overhang.  Wide loads require at least two flags and up to six flags mounted at the widest extremities. Over length vehicles/loads require one flag if load is less than 2′ wide, and two flags if load is greater than 2′ wide. Less than 2′ of overhang requires one flag; greater than 2′ of overhang, two flags required – one on each corner.

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.