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Arkansas Oversize Permits Information


Arkansas oversize permits are valid for three days. Must have the permit prior to entering the state.

Operating Time

Travel is allowed during daylight only (sunrise to sunset), seven days a week. Continuous travel may be allowed with a permit if overweight only. Poles, pipes, and beams are exempt from length permits only during daytime travel. Loads not exceeding 90′ long (other dimensions legal) may have continuous travel.


No oversize movement through the metropolitan Little Rock area between the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., and on I-30 (M.M. 138-143), I-40 (M.M. 151-155), and all of I-630. No travel on major holidays (New Years, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas). If the holiday falls on Monday or Friday, no weekend movement allowed.

Speed Limit

55 mph, unless otherwise specified on permit.

Legal Dimensions

The vehicle must have the following characteristics:

  • Width: 8’6″
  • Height: 13′ 6″
  • Length: 53’6″ trailer and load
  • Overhang: 3′ front, 4′ rear; 60′ poles, pipes, machinery, steel beams or other objects of a structural nature do not require a permit for daylight travel for up to 90′ overall length. Night travel requires a permit. Otherwise, up to 53’6″ trailer/load is allowed without a permit. (If long beams are on a stretch trailer and do not extend beyond the rear of the trailer, then a permit is required.)
  • Weight: 80,000 Gross; Single – 20,000; Tandem – 34,000; Tridem – 54,000

*Note: Steer Axle – Arkansas asks for manufacturer’s front axle weight rating (up to a maximum of 20,000 pounds), which you are not allowed to exceed.

Routine Arkansas Oversize Permit Limits

  • Width:18′ (20′ on some non-interstate routes)
  • Height:17′ (Over 16′ must obtain special approval, and is not allowed on Interstates. Utility personnel must accompany load over 17′.)

Note*: Over 14′ wide or over 15′ high is looked at on a case-by-case basis to determine if route survey is required.

  • Length: No set limit
  • Weight: Single – 20,000; Tandem – 46,000; Tridem – 60,000; Quad – 68,000

*Note:  Loads exceeding these dimensions are classed as Super Loads.

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  • Width:
    • On 2-lane Highways: Over 12′ – 1 escorts, Over 14′ – 2 escorts
    • On Interstate and Controlled Access Highways: Over 14′ – 1 escort; Over 16′ – 2 escorts . Note*: Police escorts for larger loads are looked at on a case-by-case basis.
  • Height: Over 15′ – 1 escort pilot car with height pole
  • Length: Over 100′ – 1 escort pilot cars shall follow a vehicle on Interstates, controlled access, and divided highways with four or more lanes, and the escort shall lead a vehicle on all other highways; Over 115′ – 2 escort pilot cars (one leading and one following) are required on all highways with fewer than four lanes.

Security Measures

“Oversize Load” signs are required on front and rear of all loads exceeding legal width, height or length. Red flags 18″ square are required on lower rear corners on all loads exceeding legal width, height or length. There are no sign or flag requirements for overweight only loads.

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