Troy Christianson

Permit necessary when moving oversized items on Minnesota roadways

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Question: Do I need an oversize or wide-load permit to haul a boatlift that is over 9 feet wide to my cabin?

Answer: You would need to obtain a permit because the width is over 8 feet 6 inches. Hauling oversized items without a permit or escorts (if required) can be dangerous and is illegal. Troopers and private escort companies are required to be trained and certified.

An oversize and/or overweight permit is required when:

•an overall loaded width exceeds 8 feet 6 inches.

•an overall loaded height exceeds 13 feet 6 inches.

•an overall loaded length exceeds 75 feet on combination vehicles.

•an overall loaded length exceeds 45 feet on single vehicles.

•when the overall GVW exceeds 80,000 pounds.

A permit is not needed when:

•hauling utility poles (over-length only).

•driving or towing farm equipment at speeds less than 30 miles per hour. No interstate travel is allowed.

•through a governor's order or for disaster relief.

Generally, escort vehicles are required when overall widths exceed 14 feet 6 inches or under the following conditions:

•on multi-lane, divided roadways: One rear-certified escort is required for loads exceeding 110 feet and up to 150 feet long. Front- and rear-certified escorts are required on loads exceeding 150 feet and up to 180 feet long.

•on any non-divided roadways: One rear-certified escort is required for loads exceeding 110 feet and up to 125 feet long. Front- and rear-certified escorts are required on loads exceeding 125 feet and up to 150 feet long.

For additional information go to: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/cvo/oversize/index.html

You can avoid a ticket — and a crash — if you simply buckle up, drive at safe speeds, pay attention and always drive sober.  Help us drive Minnesota toward zero deaths.

If you have any questions concerning traffic-related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Sgt. Troy Christianson – Minnesota State Patrol at 2900 48th Street NW, Rochester MN 55901-5848.  (Or reach him at, Troy.Christianson@state.mn.us)

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