From: Sgt. Troy Christianson
Minnesota State Patrol
Question: Do I need an oversize or wide-load permit to haul a boat lift that is over nine-feet wide to my cabin?
Answer: You would need to obtain a permit because the width is over eight feet, six inches. Hauling oversized items without a permit or escorts (if required) can be dangerous and is illegal. Troopers and private escort companies are required to be trained and certified.
An oversize and/or overweight permit is required when:
• An overall loaded width exceeds eight feet, six inches.
• An overall loaded height exceeds 13 feet, six inches.
• An overall loaded length exceeds 75 feet on combination vehicles.
• An overall loaded length exceeds 45 feet on single vehicles.
• When the overall GVW exceeds 80,000 pounds.
A permit is not needed:
• When hauling utility poles (over-length only).
• When driving or towing farm equipment at speeds less than 30 mph. No interstate travel is allowed.
• Through a governor’s order or for disaster relief.
Generally, escort vehicles are required when overall widths exceed 14 feet, six inches or under the following conditions:
• On multi-lane, divided roadways: one rear-certified escort is required for loads exceeding 110 feet and up to 150 feet long. Front- and rear-certified escorts are required on loads exceeding 150 feet and up to 180-feet long.
• On any non-divided roadways: one rear-certified escort is required for loads exceeding 110 feet and up to 125-feet long. Front- and rear-certified escorts are required on loads exceeding 125 feet and up to 150-feet long.
For additional information, go to http://www.dot.state.mn.us/cvo/oversize/index.html.
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If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota send your questions to Sgt. Troy Christianson, Minnesota State Patrol at 2900 48th Street NW, Rochester, Minn., 55901-5848. You may also reach him at Troy.Christianson@state.mn.us.