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CHECK the laws/rules of each State along route before entering each State!

Alaska  http://dot.alaska.gov/mscve/index.cfm?go=mscve.main


PILOT & CAR REQUIREMENTS: Also see below or: http://dot.alaska.gov/mscve/permits/forms/Attachment_PC_Pilot_Car.pdf

VEHICLE TYPE: pickup, auto, not over 10,000 GVW, can't tow

DRIVER & CO: none 

SIGNS: 48" wide min, orange or yellow with 10" 1 2" black lettering; bumper mounted or roof mounts; remove or cover signs when not in use.

LIGHTS: amber, seen @ 500', revolving or flashing, strobe or oscillating, roof mounted; nothing other noted

FLAGS: none

COMMUNICATIONS: cb, used at all times.


OTHER REQUIREDMENTS: orange vest, 24" reflective stop/slow paddle, two red 16" sq flags, 3 triangles, 5lbs fire extinguisher, first aid kit, red cone flashlight with extra batteries. 

DISTANCE FROM LOAD: front car 800' - 1500", rear car 400' -600'


PHONE: 907-365-1200 IN ALASKA 800-478-7636
HOURS: MONDAY – FRIDAY 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M

Single 20,000 8'1 min spacing 20,000
Tandem 38,000 38,000
Tridum 42,000 42,000
Gross Weight Not Specified
Federal Bridge Formula applies
Width 8'6" 8'6"
Height 14 14
Semi-trailers 53 48

OVERHANG 3’ front, 4’ rear



Single dual tired
Tandem 56,000
Tridum 70,000
Quad 80,000
Gross Weight:

Width, height, length depends on routes.
Loads over 14’ wide, 150’ long or 16’6 high must supply exact routes.

Single trip permits are valid for three (3) days, but permit tee may request more time if needed if travel exceeds 500 miles or weather related issues.

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

Travel is permitted Monday through Saturday daylight hours. Vehicles not exceeding 10’ wide, 16’ high, 85’ long, legal overhang may travel Monday through Saturday daylight hours only.

Permits will not be issued. Must remove all practical parts such as counterweights, buckets, blades, yokes, C-frames, ripper plates and booms.

Hay bales may be loaded side by side not to exceed 10’ wide. Travel during daylight hours only.
Construction equipment may be hauled intact if not traveling farther than 25 miles.
Tanks/pipe may be stacked; cannot exceed 15’ high, 10’ wide. Must be legal length and legal weight.

Company name, address, license and state for both tractor and trailer, including make, model, number of axles, load description make and model, date of move, origin, destination, routes, axle spacings, axle weights, tire width, tire loadings, gross weight and overall dimensions.


When Escorts are Needed: #Escorts
On All Highways:
Width over 10' up to & including 12' 1 Front
Width over 12' up to & including 14' 2 (Front & Rear)
Width over 14' Minimum 3
(2 Front & 1 Rear)
Length over 85' up to & including 100' 1 Front
Length over 100' 2 (Front & Rear)
Overhang over 10' (See note*) 1Escort*
Overhang over 35' 2 (Front & Rear)
Overweight w/bridge crossing centerline 2 (Front & Rear)

Restricted Travel

From October 1 through April 15, weekend and holiday restrictions do not apply from Fairbanks north on the Steese, Elliot and Dalton Highways.

No movement for oversize load 7:00 – 8:00 A.M. and 4:30 – 6:00 P.M. Monday through Friday in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau urban areas. No movement 6:00-8:00 A.M., 11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. and 4:00-7:00 P.M. in Anchorage urban areas north to Palmer and Wasilla over 14’ wide.

Kitchikan: no movement 7:00 A.M. – 8:00 A.M., 12 noon – 1:00 P.M. and 4:30 – 6:00 P.M.

Palmer/Wasilla Area: no movement 6:00 A.M. – 8:00 A.M., 11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. and 4:40 – 6:00 P.M. when over 14’ wide or slow moving vehicles traveling slower than 25 mph.

SPRING WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS may occur on major routes or south central and interior of Alaska from mid-March through mid-June.

As of May 2012: 

A pilot car is defined as an extension of the warning system of the oversize vehicle or vehicle with load. The purpose of the
pilot car is to provide maximum warning to other traffic. Failure of pilot car operators and flagpersons to comply with these
provisions in properly warning and directing traffic is considered a violation of the terms of the permit.
The Permitee shall:
a. Provide the required number of pilot cars specified on the face of the permit.
b. Ensure all personnel are properly equipped and briefed as to their responsibilities prior to the movement.
c. Ensure that pilot cars, operators and/or flagpersons employed, carry out the provisions of the
1 . Pilot Cars:
a. Size: May be either passenger vehicle or light truck not to exceed an unladen weight of 10,000 pounds.
b. Shall not carry an additional load that exceeds legal dimensions and/or weight.
c. Oversize Signs/Beacons: The required pilot car(s) shall be equipped with appropriately placed 'OVERSIZE'
signs and roof mounted rotating or flashing amber beacons. When a pilot car is required to lead the oversize
vehicle or vehicle with load, the "OVERSIZE' sign shall be placed on the front of the pilot car. When following
the oversize vehicle or vehicle with load, the oversize sign will be placed on the rear of the pilot car. These are
the minimum requirements. Each pilot car may be equipped with 'OVERSIZE' signs front and rear.
d. Shall remain right of the center line of the roadway at all times except when prevented by the physical
limitations of the roadway or because specific permit conditions indicate otherwise.
e. Must not pre-empt traffic in the opposing lane. Opposing traffic is not to be stopped, except in extreme
f. Are not to be used to tow another vehicle while being utilized as a pilot car. Convoying or using
one pilot car for more than one convoy is prohibited.
g. Shall precede the oversize vehicle or vehicle with load, unless otherwise stated on the face on the permit, when
one pilot car is required.
h. Shall precede and follow the oversize vehicle or vehicle with load when two pilot cars are required,
Note: Additional pilot cars may be required due to extraordinary sizes.
2. Flagpersons:
a. Shall not be less than 18 years of age and capable of carrying out flagging responsibilities in accordance with
the Alaska State Traffic Manual regulations.
b. Must be wearing a bright orange jacket or vest and be equipped with a 'SLOW/STOP' paddle (black letters with
orange background) and a red hand flag. These items are to be utilized by the pilot car operator in the event
that it becomes necessary to park the pilot car and stop or control highway traffic.
At no time will the "SLOW/STOP' paddle and/or red flags be displayed out of
the window of a moving vehicle.
3. Radio Communications:
a. Is required between towing vehicle and pilot car(s).
b. Shall be open and monitored at all times between pilot cars and the towing vehicle during the move, except in
properly marked zones where blasting operations are being conducted.
c. C.B. radios are the only approved radio communications.
d. Convoyed off-road, self-propelled equipment shall not require radios as front and rear pilot cars are equipped
with radios.
4. Minimum Distances:
a. All oversize and overweight vehicles not in convoy shall maintain a minimum distance of 800 to 1,500 feet from
any other oversize vehicle or vehicles with load traveling with pilot cars in the same direction on the same
highway in rural areas.
b. Front pilot cars will travel approximately 800 to 1,500 feet ahead of the oversize vehicle or vehicle with load in
rural areas as conditions dictate.
c. Rear pilot cars will travel approximately 400 to 600 feet behind the oversize vehicle or vehicle with load in rural
areas as conditions dictate.
d. In urban areas, the distance between pilot car(s) and the oversize vehicle or vehicle with load shall be reduced
as local conditions dictate to provide maximum warning to other traffic.
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