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Alabama http://www.dot.state.al.us/

Alabama DOT Oversized and Overweight Permit Office

Effective immediately, regardless of any permits...

PILOT & CAR REQUIREMENTS: 

VEHICLE TYPE: pickup, auto

DRIVER & CO: none 

SIGNS: 7' wide, 18 high, orange or yellow with10" 1 5/8 black lettering; bumper mounted, not roof mounts

LIGHTS: amber, revolving or flashing, roof mounted

FLAGS: 18" red, mounted on each side

COMMUNICATIONS: cb or other 2 way radio, used at all times.

HEIGHT POLE NEEDED IF: over 10' 

OTHER REQUIREDMENTS: none

DISTANCE FROM LOAD: front car 500', rear car 500' 

Pilot/Escort Vehicle is Required
Over 12' wide- 2 pilot cars (1 pilot car in front & 1 pilot car in rear)
Over 76' to 105' long- 1 pilot car in rear
Over 105’- 2 pilot cars (1 pilot car in front & 1 pilot car in rear)
Over 16' high- 1 pilot car in front w/ height pole
Rear overhang over 5'- 1 pilot car in rear
Front overhang over 10'- 1 pilot car in front


STATE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT
1409 COLISEUM BOULEVARD
MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA 36110

PHONE: 800-499-2782
HOURS: MONDAY – FRIDAY 7:00 A.M. – 5:45 P.M
CENTRAL TIME

LEGAL LIMITS DESIGNATED HIGHWAY ALL OTHER ROADS
Single 20,000 20,000
Tandem 34,000 36,000
Tridum 42,000 8' or less 42,000
Gross Weight 80,000 5/6 axles
Federal Bridge Formula applies
80,000 5 axles
84,000 6 axles
Width 8'6" 8' on lanes less than 12' width
8'6" on all other roads
Height 13'6" 13'6"
Semi-trailers 57' 53'6 roads w/less than 12'
Stringer steered 75' 75'

OVERHANG Auto transporters – 3’ front, 4’ rear. No other vehicle shall carry a load extending more than a
total of 5’ beyond rear and 10’ to the front.

PERMIT LIMITS

ROUTINE ISSUE

Weight:
Single
22,000
Tandem 44,000
Tridum 66,000
Quad 88,000
Gross Weight:
5 Axles
110,000
6 Axles 122,000
7 Axles 142,000
8 Axles 150,000
Length:
150'
 
Width:
16'
 
Height:
16'
 

If load exceeds any of these dimensions or 180,000 lbs., refer to the section on Super Loads.
All weights subject to bridge analysis.
*Effective 10/1/95 all permits must be ordered in metric.

PERMITS VALID FOR:
Single trip permits are valid for five (5) consecutive days.

OPERATING TIME
One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

WEEKEND TRAVEL
Travel permitted Saturday all day, no Sunday travel.

DIVISIBLE LOADS
Permits are not issued for divisible loads. Anything that can be removed to reduce the weight is
required to be removed. Bulldozer blades and similar construction equipment are excluded.

EXCEPTIONS
When a blade protrudes beyond the transporting vehicle, bulldozers, front-end loaders and similar equipment shall be loaded with the rear of the machine facing the front. Buckets, counter- weights must be removed and transported on a separate vehicle.

INFORMATION NEEDED TO ORDER A WIDELOAD, OVERSIZE AND HEAVY HAUL PERMITS:
Applicant’s name and address, load description, vehicle description, tractor unit, trailer license, trailer length, overall dimensions, total number of axles, overhang front and rear, gross weight, origin and destination routes.

ESCORTS FOR WIDELOAD AND OVERSIZED SHIPPING

When Escorts are Needed: #Escorts
On 2-Lane Highways
Overhang of bulldozer blade 1 Front
On 4-Lane Highways:
Overhang of bulldozer blade 1 Front
On All Highways:
Width over 12' 2 (Front & Rear)
Length over 76 to 105 1 Rear
Height over 16 1 Front
Overhang over 10' 1 Front
Overhang of bulldozer blade 1 (minimum required)

Restricted Travel

Loads 120’ to 150’ in length are restricted from 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Monday through Friday. The Permitted vehicle or combination of vehicles and loads shall not travel in foggy weather, snow, ice or any other time when there is not sufficient light to render clearly discernable persons and vehicles on the highway at a distance of 500’.

*CONTACT STATE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON RESTRICTED TRAVEL FOR WIDELOADS, OVERSIZED AND OVERWEIGHT PERMITTED CARGO.

SPRING WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS
No restrictions.

Overweight, Oversized & Wideload SuperLoads

Super loads are defined as a load that is greater than one of these dimensions: 16’ wide, 16” high, 150’ long and over 180,000 pounds. In order for this office to consider pre-approval we must have the following items:
A letter of request detailing all information that would attempt to justify a permit, such as but not limited to reasons why the product could not be reduced or shipped by other modes of transportation such as rail or barge.
An Axle weight and spacing diagram for loads with weight.
A certified scale ticket for loads with weight.
A detailed ship drawing clearly showing all dimensions or a set of plans on the product.
A detailed route survey for loads in excess of 16’ ft wide & 16’ ft high locating all points of contact and means of avoiding such contact points.
Front and rear police escort confirmation for loads in excess of 16’ ft wide or high.
Utility notification for loads over 17’ ft high. (Power Company, Cable Company,
Telephone Company and Traffic signal owners.
City or County Engineers notification when traveling city or county roads.
Additional insurance requirements over 150,000 lbs.


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