Louisiana Overweight/Oversize Permits

Louisiana Overweight PermitsPermit Types

Obtain Louisiana overweight/oversize permits permits by calling (888) 799-8858. 1.Single-Trip Permits – These permits can be ordered for the number of days needed.
  • Single-Trip Oversize Permit
  • Single-Trip Overweight Permit
  • Mobile Home/Mobile Office Permit
2.Monthly Permits
  • House Movers
  • Oilfield Special Equipment
  • Oversize
  • Pleasure Craft – 10′ wide
3.Semi-Annual Permit – GVW: 95,000 lbs. Tandem Axles: 44,000 lbs. 4.Annual Permits
  • Oversize Annual – 14’4″ high, 12′ wide, 90′ length, 25′ overhang on rear and/or front
  • Oversize/Overweight Annual – 14’4″ high, 12′ wide, 90′ length, 25′ overhang on rear. GVW: 108,000 lbs. on 5 axles, 120,000 lbs. on 6 axles.
  • Bagged Rice – On non-Interstates: GVW: 95,000 lbs. Tandem: 37,000 lbs. Tridem: 45,000 lbs.
  • Containerized Cargo Class 1 – GVW: 80,000 lbs. Tandem: 40,000 lbs.
  • Containerized Special Cargo – GVW: 90,000 lbs. Tandem: 40,000 lbs.
  • Harvest Season/Natural Forest Products – GVW: 86,600 lbs. (83,400 lbs. on Interstates)
  • Liquid Bulk – GVW: 95,000 lbs.
  • Steering Axle – 24,000 lbs. Tandem steer: 34,000 lbs.
  • Timber Harvest Season – GVW: 92,000 lbs. (83,400 lbs. on Interstates)

Operation Time 

Sunrise to sunset seven days a week. Over 14′ wide may only travel until noon on Saturday. Vehicles that are overweight-only and not over 65′ overall length may travel continuously.

Legal Limits

Height Width Length Overhang
13’6″ on non-designated roads. 14’ on designated highways. 8’6″ on Interstates and designated roads, 8′ on non-designated. 59’6″ trailer or load on Interstate and designated highways, 30’ for double trailers. 65’ truck and trailer on other highways. 4’ front, 8’ rear. Over 59’6″ length of load on trailer needs permit on all roads.
 

Weight: 80,000 lbs. GVW. 83,400 lbs. if it has a tridem or quad axle. 88.000 on non-Interstates.

Interstate highway system Non-Interstate highways
  • Single – 20,000 lbs.
  • Tandem – 34,000 lbs.
  • Tridem – 42,000 lbs.
  • Quad – 50,000 lbs.
  • Single – 22,000 lbs.
  • Tandem – 37,000 lbs.
  • Tridem – 45,000 lbs.
  • Quad – 53,000 lbs.

Insurance Requirements

Louisiana requires that a certificate of insurance, which insures any damage to state property, must be posted at the Truck Permit Office before any oversize or overweight permit will be issued. The amount of coverage required is a minimum of $100,000.

The ACORD certificate should show the Louisiana Customer Account Number, effective date, and expiration date, as well as the amount of property damage coverage and the insurance contact information (name and phone number).

Escort vehicles must have general liability insurance, motor vehicle liability insurance, and workers’ compensation, each providing a minimum of $500,000.00 in coverage (revised statute 387.1 [b]). At this time, the Truck Permit Office is not requiring proof of workers’ compensation until further notice.

Louisiana DOTD shall be named as the certificate holder.

Permit Limits

Height Length Width
16’5″ 125′ 18′
 

Weight

Gross Weights Axle Weighs
5 axles – 108,000 lbs. 6 axles – 120,000 lbs. 7 axles – 132,000 lbs. Single – 24,000 if GVW is 120,000 lbs. or less; 20,000 if GVW exceeds 120,000 lbs. Tandem – 48,000 lbs. if GVW does not exceed 120,000 lbs.; 40,000 lbs. if it exceeds 120,000 lbs. Tridem – 60,000 lbs.
Vehicles must be registered for 88,000 lbs. to run with an overweight permit. The weight on steer axles cannot exceed 13,000 lbs. if tandem exceeds 40,000 lbs and gross weight exceeds 120,000 lbs. Loads exceeding these dimensions or with a GVW exceeding 254,000 lbs. are designated as superloads.  

Escort/Pilot Car Requirements 

Height Length Width Overhang
15’10”-16’6″ – 1 escort with high pole off Interstate Over 16’6″ – may require escort (depends on route) 17’11” – Bucket Truck 90′-125′ – 1 escort Over 125′ – 1 State Police escort and the load must be equipped with a steerable dolly 12′-16′ – 1 escort 16′-18′ – State Police escort on all highways Over 18′ – 2 State Police Escorts Over 10′ – 1 escort (some highways may need 2 escorts)
   City of New Orleans (non-Interstate) – Police escort needed if not on Interstate:
Height Length Width Overhang
Over 13’6″ –  1 escort Over 90′ – 1 escort Over 12′ – 1 escort Over 10′ – 1 escort (some highways may require 2)
 

FLAGS, SIGNS, AND LIGHTS

“Oversize Load” signs are required for all loads more than 10’6″ wide. Flags are required on all four corners of any wide load and extremities. Overlength must be flagged, but there are no sign requirements.

RESTRICTED TRAVEL

Permit loads may not cross any bridge spanning the Mississippi River in the New Orleans area or be within 2 miles of such a bridge from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 3:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Loads wider than 12 feet are not permitted to travel on the Interstate system through Shreveport, Monroe, Lake Charles, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans between the hours of 7:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m. and 3:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The restricted areas are detailed on the permit and on the provision sheets. Vehicles and loads over 14′ wide may not travel on Interstate highways in Louisiana except for fiberglass swimming pools, tanks, boats, and mobile homes (special restrictions apply). No travel on major holidays and in certain areas on Mardi Gras.

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