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Louisiana http://www.dotd.state.la.us/ 

LA download pages
 http://perba.dotd.louisiana.gov/welcome.nsf/downloads?openpage

LA ESCORT REQUIREMENTS ADDENDUM

Escort Vehicle Permit Application

https://perba.dotd.louisiana.gov/welcome.nsf/RegBook2011.pdf

Pilot/Escort Vehicle is Required
Vehicles and loads over 14 feet wide may not travel on Interstate highways in Louisiana except tanks up to 16 feet in width 
will be allowed movement on Interstate highways subject to oversize/overweight permit restrictions
Private Escorts:

Width over 12' and up to 16' (1 front if on 2 lane;1 rear if on multi-lane),
Over 90' and up to 125' long-1 rear,
No height limit/state will route loads
New Orleans Police Escort: (504) 826-7525
Over 13'6" high/over 12' wide
Over 90' long
State Police Escort:
Over 16' wide on 2 lane hwy or on multi lane hwy,
Over 125' long
An escort vehicle may escort 2 over-length vehicles or loads, but only 1 over-width vehicle or load.

LOUISIANA
TRUCK PERMIT CENTER
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT
P.O. BOX 94042
BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA 70804-9042

PHONE: 225-343-2345 800-654-1433
HOURS: MONDAY - FRIDAY 6:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M
CENTRAL TIME

LEGAL LIMITS DESIGNATED HIGHWAY ALL OTHER ROADS
Weight:
Single 20,000 22,000
Tandem 34,000 37,000
Tridum 42,500 45,000
Gross Weight 80,000
 
  83,000 88,000
  Tri/quad axle
Federal Bridge Formula Applies
Tri/quad axle
Width 8'6" 8' 0"
Height 14' 13'6"
Length:
Semi-trailer 59'6"
65' overall length

OVERHANG 4' front/8' rear

PERMIT LIMITS

ROUTINE ISSUE

Weight   120,000 or less Over 120,000
  Single 24,000 20,000
  Tandem 48,000 45,000 w/12'
or more of spacing
  Tridum 66,000 60,000
  Quad 80,000 80,000
Gross Weight      
  5 Axles 108,000  
  6 Axles 120,000  
  7 Axles 132,000  
  8 Axles 152,000  
Length:   125' Over 125' must have a steerable dolly. No set maximum on overhang  
Width:   18' Over 14' wide cannot use interstate except for fiberglass swimming pools, tanks, boats and mobile homes 16' wide  
Height   16'6"  

PERMITS VALID FOR:
Single trip permits are issued for days needed

OPERATING TIME
One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset unless prohibited under Restricted Travel Section.

WEEKEND TRAVEL
Travel is permitted one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset on Saturday and Sunday

DIVISIBLE LOADS
Loads must be stripped down as far as possible, may haul certain commodities when it doesn’t create overweight, over width or over length

EXCEPTIONS
When hauling a dozer the blade and/or side boom may be removed and hauled on the same vehicle.

Vehicles transporting pipe loaded across a vehicle rather than lengthwise will be eligible for over width permits as long as the width of the vehicle and load does not exceed 8’8”

Vehicles transporting oversize loads only will be allowed to create an over height load as long as there is at least one permit dimension and all the dimensions for the load are shown on the permit Over width and over length dimensions may never be created

INFORMATION NEEDED TO ORDER A WIDE LOAD, OVERSIZE AND HEAVY HAUL PERMIT
Vehicle make, model, tractor license, trailer license, commodity being hauled including make, model, serial number, date for the move to begin, origin, destination, routes, overall dimensions, overhang, axle weights, number of axles and gross weight.

Make, model and serial numbers must be provided for construction equipment such as draglines, dozers, backhoes, generators and tractors.

ESCORTS FOR WIDE LOAD & OVERSIZED SHIPPING

When Escorts are Needed:   # Escorts
State Police  
  Width over 16' on 2-lane highway or on multi-lane highway. (See below for width restrictions on interstate) Length over 125' For all listed cases, state police escorts are to be used on all state highways Permittee is responsible for police escort fee and for any overtime pay of the off-duty trooper
New Orleans City Police Escort:  
  In city of New Orleans (Police Phone 504-827-3260) if: Height over 13'6" Width over 12' Length over 90' Except for moves on the interstate system (City Police escorts may be obtained Mon - Fri 6 am - 10 pm @ 1200 Moss St, Room 101A, New Orleans)
On All Highways:  
  Width over 12' and up to 16'
(front if on 2-lane, rear if on multi-lane)
1
  Length over 90' and up to 125' 1 Rear
  Height - no specific height limit - state will route loads for height Dimension but permittee is responsible for movement

An escort vehicle may escort two over length vehicles but only one over width vehicle
*Private escorts must have a "LA approved escort vehicle permit" that may be purchased from any weights and standards police officer) at stationary scales) - proper equipment is required

*For escorts domiciled outside of Louisiana, a 48-hour trip permit is required for intrastate movements (trip permit is $25, available at port of entry)

*Louisiana-based escort drivers must carry commercial plates and have D or E operator's license


Restricted Travel

Loads over 12’ wide restricted on interstate in Shreveport, Monroe, Lake Charles, Baton Rouge and New Orleans between 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Permitted loads may not cross any bridge spanning the Mississippi River or be within 2 miles between 6:30 – 9:00 a.m. and from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday in New Orleans, vehicles and loads requiring a permit are prohibited from traveling during weather which is physically severe such as extremely heavy rain, heavy fog, icy road conditions, heavy snow or any continuous conditions which create low visibility for drivers or hazardous conditions.

*CONTACT STATE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR OVERSIZED, OVERWEIGHT AND WIDE LOAD SUPER LOADS

SPRING WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS
No restrictions.

Overweight, Oversized & Wideload SuperLoads

GUIDELINE FOR SUBMITTING OVERWEIGHT VEHICLE CONFIGURATIONS EXCEEDING 238,000 POUNDS

Submit a drawing of the assembled vehicle showing:
The location of the centerline of each axle
The spacing and size of the wheels on each axle
The tire (unloaded tractor/trailer combination) weight of each axle in pounds
The location of the kingpin of the trailer
The location of the kingpin of each jeep combination
The width and length of the flat bed (if applicable)
The location of the load on the hauling combination – including tractor(s)
The height of the load on the hauling combination
Submit a drawing showing:
The outside dimensions of the load to be hauled which should show side and end elevations and plan views
The weight of the load and the total weight for each axle in pounds
The center of gravity of the load
Submit a map showing the proposed route and any alternate proposed routes in order of preference

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