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Rhode Island Oversize Permits Information
Rhode Island permits are valid for five days.
Travel is allowed for one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. No travel is allowed on Saturday or Sunday. Overweight-only loads are allowed continuous travel Monday through Friday.
No travel starting 12:00 noon the day prior to major holidays and holiday weekends until sunrise of the following weekday. Victory Day (2nd Monday in August) is also a restricted travel day.
Maximum posted limits unless otherwise specified on permit.
The vehicle must have the following characteristics:
Height: 13′ 6″
Length: Interstate and designated highways – 53′ semitrailer (41′ kingpin to center line of rear axle), other roads 48′ semitrailer
Overhang: 3′ front, 6′ rear
Weight: 80,000 Gross; Single – 22,400; Tandem – 36,000; Tridem – 42,000 with axle spacing less than 4’6″
Routine Rhode Island Oversize Permit Limits
Width: Determined by route and dimensions
Height: Determined by route and dimensions
Length: Determined by route and dimensions
Weight: Determined by spacings, usually 22,500 per axle is permitted; 5 Axles 6 Axles or 7 Axles – depends on spacings, weight, and routing, over 200,000 pounds, an outside engineering firm must survey the routes
Width: Over 12′ – 1 escort, over 14’6″ – 2 escorts
Length: Over 80′ – 1 escort, over 90′ – 2 escorts
Overhang: Over 15′ – 1 escort
“Oversize Load” signs are required for all loads exceeding legal width, length or rear overhang. Wide loads require at least two flags, 18″ square, and up to six flags mounted at the widest extremities. Over-length vehicles require one flag if the load is less than 2′ wide and two flags if the load is more than 2′ wide. Headlights are required to be on at all times during movement of the load.