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North Carolina  http://www.ncdot.gov/  

Pilot/Escort Vehicle is Required
For all over width movements on multi-lane highways:

1 escort will be required for anything over 12'wide
Over 14’5” high-1front pilot w/ height pole
Over110’ long (superloads-100’)-1 rear pilot
Overhang over 14’-1 pilot
Weight over 149,999 lbs.-1 pilot
Multiple escorts possible for combination of over-dimensions
16' wide mobiles with legal height and a maximum of 3" gutter edge are required to have 2 escorts on all controlled access highways
3 escorts on all other multi-lane highways, and 3 escorts (1 being a law enforcement escort) on all 2 lane/2-way traffic roads plus proof of final destination
Superloads:
Over 15’ wide-3 pilots (1 NC Highway Patrol)
Requirements for Pilot/Escort Vehicle
General: Not less than 2000 lb.; load capacity of 17000 lb. or less
Signs: “OVERSIZE LOAD” or “
WIDE LOAD” sign w/ black letters (10” high x 1 1/2” brush stoke) on yellow background mounted on bumper 
(must extend the entire length of bumper) or roof
Lights: Flashing amber lights (rotating sealed beam or strobe); 5”min. Diameter base; 4” min. Height; mounted on top of vehicle
Flags:  Additional equipment: Identification signs (8” x 12” min.) w/ name, address, phone# of operator/owner


NORTH CAROLINA
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
PERMIT UNIT
1425 ROCK QUARRY ROAD, SUITE 109-110
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA 27610

PHONE: 888-574-6683
HOURS: MONDAY - FRIDAY 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M
EASTERN TIME
NO CALLS AFTER 4:00 P.M.

LEGAL LIMITS DESIGNATED HIGHWAY ALL OTHER ROADS
Weight:
Single 20,000 20,000
Tandem 38,000
38,000
Tridum Depends on bridge formula
Gross Weight 80,000
Federal Bridge Formula applies
80,000
Width 8'6" 8'6"
Height 13'6" 13'6"
Length:
Semi-trailers 53'* 48' trailers
*53' semi-trailers must have no more than a maximum of 41' from center of kingpin to center or rear tandem on trailer or center rear most axle. A semi-trailer of 53' is required to be equipped with rear under ride guard of substantial construction consisting of a continuous lateral beam extending to within 4" of each side of the trailer and located a maximum of 22" from the surface as measured with the vehicle empty and on a level surface.

EXEMPTIONS
Farm equipment up to 18' wide does not require a permit when moved on its own wheels. Poles, pipes or beams are exempt on designated highways as long as trailer does not exceed 53' long with less than 14' overhang.

PERMIT LIMITS

ROUTINE ISSUE

Weight:
Steer
12,000
Single 25,000
Tandem 50,000
Gross Weight: 5 Axles 112,000
  6 Axles 120,000
  7 Axles 132,000
Length:
Length: No set limit, beams and girders 120'
Width: 15' depending on load
Height: There are no set limits on height but controlled by clearances on chosen routes, loads over 14' high must be submitted 2 days in advance of movement .
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 ten (10) calendar days, may get a return trip but it must be requested at the time of application.

OPERATING TIME
Sunrise to sunset, 6 days a week for permitted vehicles, loads not exceeding 112,000 lbs, legal dimensions may have continuous travel.

WEEKEND TRAVEL
Travel permitted sunrise to sunset on Saturday, no travel allowed on Sunday. Permitted vehicle combinations not exceeding 112,000 gross vehicle weight and legal dimensions will be granted continuous travel seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

DIVISIBLE LOADS
Not allowed

EXCEPTIONS
Blades may be hauled attached as long as the width does not exceed 14', a blade which has been removed may be hauled with the equipment without being considered a divisible load.

INFORMATION NEEDED TO ORDER A WIDE LOAD, OVERSIZE AND HEAVY HAUL PERMITS:
Name and address of registered owner of power unit, unit license number, last 5 digits of VIN number, description of load, date of move, point-of-entry to and point-of-exit from state highway system, desired routes, dimensions and gross weight. Self-propelled equipment requires schematics and axle weights and amount of overhang. FID number required for companies Social Security number required for individuals.

ESCORTS FOR WIDELOAD AND OVERSIZED SHIPPING

When Escorts are Needed: # Escorts
On 2-Lane Highways:
Width over 12' up to 16' 1 Front
On Multi-Lane Highways:
Width over 12' up to 14' 1 Rear
On All Highways:
Width over 14' 2 (Front & Rear)
Length over 110' needs approval of permit supervisor 1 Rear
Height over 14'5" - permittee is to be responsible for damage to any structure 1 Front
Width over 12' wide
When speed of 20 mph cannot be maintained on level terrain
Flagman
Mobile/Modular Homes:  
Certain highways or sections of highways are cleared by state to not require escorts for mobile homes. Also, some routes are not permitted for travel with mobile/modular unit. (Contact state for route listings)
On 2-Lane Highways:
Units over 10' wide 1 Front
North & West of I-85 from the S Carolina state line to Greensboro 1 Front
West of US 29 from Greensboro to VA line 1 Front
Units over 12' wide on other 2-lane roads 1 Front
On Multi-Lane Highways:  
Height over 14'5 1 Front
On All Highways:  
A mobile/modular in excess of 14' wide unit with allowable roof overhang exceeding 12" will be allowed on any interstate, US, NC or secondary road NC. 1 Front
Maximum oversize width permitted on interstate is 16'.
I-44 is designated a turnpike.

Restricted Travel

Loads over 12' wide travel restricted within a 10 mile radius of the following cities: Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill from 7:00 - 9:00 am and 4:00 - 6:00 pm

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

Overweight, Oversized & Wideload SuperLoads
Anything above normal permit issue may be considered as super load. (Weights in excess of 132,000 lbs, over 68,000 lbs per 4 or more axle grouping, width over 15’), fee $100 review fee plus $3.00 per 1,000 lbs over 132,000 gross weight, $12 for each over legal dimension, travel from sunrise to sunset Monday through Saturday.

Applications including drawings, company name, weight on each axle, distance between each axle, overall dimensions and requested route of travel, requires a minimum of 10 working days to process, generally allow 3 day for bridge review, Super load inquiry line 888-221-8166

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