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Oversize Overweight OS/OW Superload
48' trailer length,
8'6" wide, and
13'6" high
80,000 lbs
Exceeding legal
weight and dimension
150' long,
14' wide,
15' high, and
130,000 lbs
Single Trip =
Single Trip =
$20.00 + $0.10
per mile
Single Trip =
$20.00 + $0.10
per mile
Single Trip =
$30.00 + $4.00
bridge analysis fee
+ $0.10 per mile if
When Escorts are Needed: # of Escorts:
On 2 Lane Highway
Width over 10' on all 2 lane
and 3 lane highways
1* front
Width over 12'
Through the Big Walker Mt. Tunnel
Through East River Mt. Tunnel
1* rear
1* rear
Length over 75'
Length over 85' on all 2
and 3 lane highways
1* front
Height - Permitee is responsible for all horizontal and vertical clearance along each proposed
route of travel. Travel shall not commence without proper clearance
Routes determine if 1 escort if necessary - survey needed
Width over 14'7? (on same routes) 2 (front and rear)
On 4 Lane/Interstate Highways
Width over 10' Depends on route
Length over 75' *
Height under 14'6" Depends on route
Height over 14'6" Depends on route
*Rear escort may also be required on permit or if not specified, will be responsibility of permittee
for adequate vision of motorist approaching from rear

Operating Requirements:

Maximum legal overhang allowed is 3' (three feet) in front and 4' (four feet) in rear. Overhang exceeding these dimensions will require a over length permit.

Permits Valid For:

Single Trip Permits are valid for thirteen (13) consecutive days.

Operating Time

Loads or vehicles that are permitted for over-weight only are allowed travel twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week.  Over-length travel is allowed during hours of darkness when overall length does not exceed 85' long and width is 14' wide or less.  No overhang is allowed.  Over-height travel is allowed seven (7) days a week during daylight hours only.

Vehicles exceeding 8'6" wide but not to exceed 10'6" wide, 14' high, 125' long and 115,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight may travel from one-half hour after Sunrise to one-half hour before Sunset.

If a vehicle is carrying a load with a width exceeding 10'6" wide but not greater than 12' wide, travel is permitted from one-half hour after Sunrise to one-half hour after Sunset Monday through Friday at 3:00 p.m. Vehicles that exceed 12' wide but not exceeding 14' wide, and 150' long - divided highway travel permitted between 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday and travel on Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

On Secondary and undivided highways, travel is allowed between the hours of 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. when schools are in session.  Travel is permitted on highways between one-half hour after Sunrise to one-half hour before Sunset when school is in session.

Weekend Travel

Permitted loads are allowed travel from one-half hour after Sunrise to one-half hour before Sunset on Saturdays.  Permitted loads are restricted from travel on Sundays.

Divisible Loads

All permitted loads must be reduced to their lowest possible dimensions and weights.  Loads must be loaded onto trailer in a manner that allows the lowest possible dimensions for travel.  Items or attachments that have been removed in order to reduce dimensions or weights must be shipped as a separate load.


Construction equipment will not require dismantling if it can be transported safely.

Blades, buckets, or scoop attachments exceeding 8' wide but not over 12' wide may be moved intact.  Attachments shall not overhang the total width of either the transporting vehicle or any extendable outriggers by more than 6' on each side.  Travel movements in excess of twenty-five (25) miles with blades, buckets, or scoops exceeding 8' wide must be removed before transport unless traffic protection guard rail device is used.  The combined overall width of both attachments and protective devices shall not exceed 14' wide.  Blades, buckets, or scoops cutting edges must be loaded to the rear of the trailer for transport.

Spring Weight Restrictions

There are no Seasonal Weight Restrictions for the State of Virginia.

Superload Requirements

Loads or vehicles that are 150' long x 14' wide x 15' high and 130,000 lbs. or more are considered Super-loads.  Any loads or vehicles that exceed 130,000 lbs. off Interstate (7 axles), or 110,000 lbs. off Interstate (5 axles), 150,000 lbs. on Interstate are considered Super-loads.

Non-Routine Super-load permits:  Permits that exceed the maximum limitations of standard Single Trip and Routed Super-load permits.

Non-Routine Super-load Parameters:

  • Heights exceeding 15' high
  • Widths exceeding 14' wide (Requires a letter from shipper, and letter of variance)
  • Lengths exceeding 150' long (Requires a letter from shipper)
  • Lengths of 100' long or more when traveling in the Tidewater Bridge area to a bridge jobsite (Allow three (3) days for travel coordination)
  • Weight in excess of 150,000 lbs. on Interstate Routes
  • Weight in excess of 130,000 lbs. on non-Interstate Routes

For Super-load applications that require an attached letter from Shipper, the following must be included in the letter:  Why the load cannot be reduced in size or weight, why no other means of transportation are possible, the overall dimensions and weight of the proposed Cargo, proposed route of travel, and the specific origin, destination, or travel route in Virginia.

Super-load permit applications should be allowed ten (10) days for processing and approval in addition to the amount of days necessary for route review, bridge analysis, etc.