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Minnesota http://www.dot.state.mn.us/

MN Escort Requirements pdf 

http://www.dot.state.mn.us/trafficeng/publ/2007-FlaggingHandbook.pdf

Pilot/Escort Vehicle is Required
On 2-Lane Highways:
Width of 14'6" to 16' on single lane- 2 pilots minimum,
On multi-lane divided highways:
Width of 14'6" to 16'-1 pilots minimum
On All Highways:
Over 16' wide-2 pilots minimum
95' to 110' long-1 pilots minimum
Over 110' long-2 pilots minimum
Over 15'6" high-survey required

An escort, while performing the duties of escorting an over dimensional load, cannot perform other duties such as flagging or operating remote-controlled rear steering on the loaded vehicle.

Requirements for Pilot/Escort Vehicle

Minnesota has passed new laws requiring the drivers of pilot cars and escort vehicles to hold a current Minnesota State Patrol Certification. 
This initial certification will need to be completed before the end of 2013. http://mn.gov/elicense/licenses/licensedetail.jsp?URI=tcm:29-4102&CT_URI=tcm:27-117-32

General: may be a passenger car, station wagon or pickup truck
Signs: "Wide Load" or "Long Load" sign shall be displayed on top of the escort vehicle. Minimum 12" x 60"; black letters (8” high; 1 1/8” stroke) on
yellow  background.  Signs shall not extend beyond the line of the fenders on the left side nor more than 6 inches beyond the fender line on the right side of the escort vehicles.
Lights: Single or dual amber light mounted at the top or sides of the sign (at least 5’ above road surface) shall flash at a rate of 60-90 flashes/minute; 
may be disc or strobe type or rotating beacon; visible/readable from 500’. Must be lighted for nighttime travel.
Flags: None stipulated
Additional equipment: 2-way radio

MINNESOTA
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION OFCVO TRANSPORTATION PERMIT SECTION
395 JOHN IRELAND BOULEVARD
MS 420 ST PAUL, MINNESOTA 55155

PHONE: 651-296-6000
HOURS: MONDAY - FRIDAY 8:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M
CENTRAL TIME

LEGAL LIMITS DESIGNATED HIGHWAY ALL OTHER ROADS
Single 20,000 18,000
Tandem 34,000
34,000
Tridum 42,000
42,000
Gross Weight 80,000
Federal Bridge Formula applies
80,000 -6 or more axles
Width 8'6" 8'6"
Height 13'6" 13'6"
Semi-trailers 53' 53'
43' kingpin setting, measured from kingpin to center of rear axle group

OVERHANG 3' front, any rear overhang over 4' must have red flag (day), light at night

PERMIT LIMITS

ROUTINE ISSUE

Weight:
Single
20,000
Tandem 44,000 (46,000 with bridge check)
Tridum 60,000
Quad 72,000
Trunnion 60,000
Gross Weight:
5 Axles
92,000
6 Axles 112,000
7 Axles 132,000
8 Axles 144,000
Length:
Two vehicle combination overall maximum
length is 130’
Width: Up to 14'6" wide is commonly permittable, For loads 14'6" - 16' wide there are certain routes available, anything over 16' is highly restricted
Height: Easy movements up to 14', movement from 14' - 15'6" many route restrictions, loads over 15'6" are highly restricted and a route survey is required

If load exceeds any of these dimensions or 180,000 lbs., refer to the section on Super Loads.

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

OPERATING TIME
Sunrise to sunset, during the summer months there is to be no movements from 2:00 p.m. on Friday to sunrise on Saturday, no movement is allowed from 2:00 p.m the day before the holiday or holiday weekend until sunrise the day after the holiday or holiday weekend on the following; New Year's day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas

WEEKEND TRAVEL
Travel permitted Saturday all day and Sunday from sunrise to 12:00 noon, except no move after 2:00 p.m. every Friday beginning Memorial Day weekend thru the Friday after Labor Day as well as all other Holiday restrictions.

DIVISIBLE LOADS
Must be broken down to least dimension and/or weight

EXCEPTIONS
None

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 All Highways:
Width over 14'6" to 16'6" 2 Minimum on a single lane
On Multi-Lane Divided Highways:
Width of 14'6" to 16'6 1-Minimum on divided highway
On All Highways:
Width over 16'6" 2- Minimum
Length over 95' up to 110' 1 - Minimum
Length over 110" 2 - Mininum
Height over 15'6" 1-H Pole suggested/not required


(pre-move survey required)
Police Escort:
Prime responsibility of permittee to determine the need for police escort, Which is automatically required if permittee is not able to yield right of way to oncoming traffic or if vehicle/load will encroach into oncoming traffic lane or if traffic must be directed or controlled Permittee is responsible for police escort fees State may require police for other safety reasons

SPRING WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS
Minnesota does not allow any over axle or axle group legal weights limit movement during spring, usually March 1 through mid-May each year, on non-posted highways, single axle 20,000 max; tandem group 42,000 max; quad group 50,000 *CONTACT STATE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON RESTRICTED TRAVEL FOR WIDELOADS, OVERSIZED AND OVERWEIGHT PERMITTED CARGO

Overweight, Oversized & Wideload SuperLoads

Loads of 140,000 lbs must submit drawings including axle weights and spacings, need to show which axle caster and show the pivot points. 

Allow up to five (5) working days for processing 

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