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Nebraska Oversize Permits Information

Permits

Nebraska oversize permits are valid for 10 days. Driver must have the wide load permit prior to entering the state.

Operating time

Travel is allowed one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset, including Saturday and Sunday. Overweight is allowed continuous travel.

Restrictions

No travel on state highways (except for I-80) in Lincoln weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays after 12:00 noon. Omaha restricted for the same times on all routes. On Cornhusker football home game Saturdays, travel on I-80 in Lincoln area is restricted, between exits 395 and 409, and the state highway system is closed to oversize permit travel from Iowa line to Nebraska 14 and from Kansas line north to Nebraska 91. Nebraska permit office is closed on state holidays, including Arbor Day (last Friday in April). Travel restrictions apply on major holidays and holiday weekends.

Legal dimensions

The vehicle must have the following characteristics:

  • Width: 8’6″
  • Height: 14’6″
  • Length/Overhang: 53′ semi-trailer and load, 65′ combination (multiple) trailers and load
  • Weight: 80,000 Gross; Single – 20,000; Tandem – 34,000; Tridem – 42,000 on designated roads, 34,000 on all other roads.

Poles, pipes, beams, utility poles and other construction materials are exempt from permits for length or rear overhang.

Routine permit limits

  • Width: 16′
  • Height: 16′ depends on route.
  • Length: 105′
  • Weight: Single – 20,000 Tandem – 40,000 Tridem – 60,000

Escorts

  • Width: Over 12′ – 1 escort pilot car*.
  • Length: Over 100′ – 1 escort pilot car
  • Height: Over 14’6” – 1 escort pilot car with height pole. Over 16′ – 1 escort pilot car with height pole and route survey.

Note: On divided highways, a light bar attachment mounted on the rear of the load may be allowed in place of an escort if stated on the wide load permit. The light bar must be mounted at a height sufficient to be seen clearly by traffic to the rear, and must have a left and right rotating amber, yellow or flashing light large enough to be visible for a distance of at least 800 feet.

Security measures

“Oversize Load” signs are required on front of the vehicle and rear of the load when width exceeds 10′. Flags, at least 18″ square, are required on all four corners of the vehicle when the load exceeds 12′ in width. Rear overhang of 4′ or more must display a red flag at least 12″ square during daylight hours, and a steady burning red light visible for at least 200′ at night.