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Pilot/Escort Vehicle is Required
More than 80’ long or more than 12’wide
State Police Escorts [(207)624-7000]Needed When;
124' or more long
16' or more wide
Mobiles & Modulars On 2 Lane Highways:
12' to 14'6" wide- 1 front
14'6" to 16'8" wide- 2 (front & rear)
On Multi-Lane Highways:
12' to 16'8" wide-1 rear
Convoy of 2 and 1st stop of opportunity from the traveled exit ramp up to 2 miles
When deemed necessary by ME Sec. of State with advice from Commissioner of Transportation
If mobile homes are over 16' wide at the base and over 16'8" wide at any other point
DEPARTMENT OF STATE
BUREAU OF MOTOR VEHICLE
COMMERCIAL VEHICLE DIVISION
29 STATE HOUSE STATION
AUGUSTA, MAINE 04333
PHONE: 207-624-9000 ext 52134 207-287-8632
HOURS: MONDAY - FRIDAY 7:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M
|LEGAL LIMITS||DESIGNATED HIGHWAY||ALL OTHER ROADS|
|Single||22,000 if GVW
73,280 lbs or less, otherwise its 20,000 lbs
Federal Bridge Formula Applies
|Width||8'6"||8' 6 "|
|Load may exceed by 6" on all roads except the Maine turnpike|
||69' overall length|
OVERHANG If over 4' from rear, must be flagged anytime and
lighted at night, Autotransporter: 3' front, 4' rear
|Width:||16' Over 16' police escort required|
|Height||16' Over 16' must contact utility companies|
PERMITS VALID FOR:
Single trip permits are valid for five (5) travel days.
One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
Travel permitted Saturday and Sunday one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset except during the months of July and August, special restrictions for mobile and modular homes.
A permit will not be issued if the load is still capable of being reduced
INFORMATION NEEDED TO ORDER A WIDE LOAD, OVERSIZE AND HEAVY HAUL
Carriers name and address, owner of towing unit, owner of the load, truck-towing vehicle’s license number, number of axles, registered weight (if mobile home; year, make, serial number and registration number), load description, overall dimensions, total gross weight, origin, destination, routes and object to be moved.
ESCORTS FOR WIDE LOAD & OVERSIZED SHIPPING
|When Escorts are Needed:||# Escorts|
|On 2-Lane Highways:|
|Width 12' to 15'11"||1 front|
|Length 80' up to 124'||1 Front|
|Overhang 15' or more||1 Front|
|Special but infrequent circumstances such as overhang 15' or more and width 12' or more||2 (Front & Rear)|
|Height:||Bridge and overpass clearances are posted when clearance Is less
than 14'6" Must contact utility companies if wires are to be moved or cut for
move OR if load is 16' high or greater
May require pilot car or police for escorting extreme heights
|On 4 or More Lane Highways:|
|Essentially the same as needed on 2-lanes except escorts travel to rear of loads|
|State Police Escorts: Minimum 3 days notice required|
|Loads may be required to have state police escorts when the
Issuing authority deems it necessary on extreme weights or lengths:
Length over 125' or more
Width of 16' or more
Maine State Police Escort Fees: Billed at actual cost
Lewiston and Augusta travel prohibited during inclement weather and during rush hour periods of 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. a local permit is required to travel through Augusta.
Maine turnpike loads limited 13’6” high, 14’6” wide, 207-871-7771
No movement will be made when visibility is poor or the highway is considered dangerous due to rain, snow, slush, ice or any other condition deemed unsafe by the issuing authority or a state police officer. If an excess of seven vehicles are being held up behind the permitted move then the driver of the towing vehicle shall at the first suitable opportunity pull off the highway or as far to the right as is reasonably safe and allow the following traffic to pass.
*CONTACT STATE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR OVERSIZED, OVERWEIGHT AND WIDE LOAD SUPER LOADS
SPRING WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS
Restricted to 23,000 lbs or limited weight on certain number of axles for special commodities Maine Department of Transportation issues these exemption certificates, telephone 207-287-2661
*CONTACT STATE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON RESTRICTED TRAVEL FOR WIDELOADS, OVERSIZED AND OVERWEIGHT PERMITTED CARGO.
Overweight, Oversized & Wideload SuperLoads
Must submit vehicle configuration with axle spacing and weights, loads over 167,000 lbs require special approval, Maine Department of Transportation engineers will check bridges on routes to be requested by applicant to determine if routes are capable of handling the load, if not they will reroute, the permittee will be charged for the engineering fees. Allow 1-3 days for approval
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