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Virginia oversize permits information

Virginia OversizePermits

Overweight permits are valid for 13 travel days. Driver must have the permit prior to entering the state.

Operating time

Sunrise to sunset, Monday through Saturday. Overweight or over length only, if length is not over 85’ including rear overhang are allowed continuous travel.

Restrictions

No travel is permitted within the corporate limits of cities/towns between the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. or 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., except for overweight or over length only, if length is not over 85’, including rear overhang.  No travel on major holidays and holiday weekends from noon the preceding weekday.

Legal dimensions

The vehicle must have the following characteristics:

  • Width: 8’6″
  • Height: 13’6″
  • Length: 48′ semitrailer/53′ semitrailer, with 41′ kingpin to center of rear tandem; 65′ on secondary highways, 3’ front overhang, 4’ rear overhang.
  • Weight: 80,000 Gross; Single – 20,000; Tandem – 34,000; Tridem – 42,500 (9′ axle spacing)

Routine permit limits

  • Width: 15′
  • Height: 15′
  • Length: 150′
  • Weight: Single – 24,000; Tandem – 44,000; Tridem – 53,300; Quad – 63,000

Escorts

On Interstate Highways:

  • Width: Over 12′ – 1 escort; over 14′ – 2 escorts; over 16′ – 3 escorts; over 18′ – case-by-case basis
  • Height: Over 14’5″ – 1 escort with height pole
  • Length: Over 120′ – 1 escort; over 150′ – 2 escorts; over 200′ – case-by-case basis
  • Overhang: Over 3’6″ passenger side overhang – 1 escort; over 5′ passenger side overhang – 2 escort; over 10′ front or 15′ rear – 1 escort

On 2-lane highways:

  • Width: Over 12′ – 2 escorts; over 14′ – 3 escorts; over 16′ – 4 escorts; over 18′ – case-by-case basis
  • Height: Over 14’5″ – 1 escort with height pole
  • Length: Over 85’ – 1 escort; over 150 – 2 escorts; over 200′ – case-by-case basis
  • Overhang: Over 3’6″ passenger side overhang – 1 escort; over 5′ passenger side overhang – 2 escort; over 10′ front or 15′ rear – 1 escort

Security measures

“Oversize Load” signs are required on all over-dimensional permit loads. Flags at least 12″ square must be placed at the extremities of a vehicle load to identify over width or secured at the end of the load to identify overhang.