What do the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the National Aviation Hall of Fame have in common? They’re all located in Ohio and make for a great pit stop if you’re able to take a break. But before you can cross the state line into Ohio, you need to make sure you’ve secured an Ohio oversize permit.
If you need assistance securing your permit, The Permit Company is ready to help. We work directly with state and local agencies on your behalf to take the hassle out of obtaining oversize and overweight truck permits. Below you can find everything you need to know about moving oversized loads through Ohio and how to obtain the necessary permits.
1. What is the length of time permits are valid for in Ohio?
Single trip permits are valid for five (5) consecutive days. Revisions and/or extensions can be given preceding movement to alternate routes, dimension changes, vehicle weight or substitute vehicles.
2. What are the legal dimensions for loads in Ohio?
Please find the legal limits in Ohio, below. This information applies to designated highways as well as all other roadways.
- Gross Weight: 80,000 lbs. on all other roadways (federal bridge formula applies)
- Width: 8’6” for all roads
- Height: 13’6” on all roads
- Length: 40’ for single units or buses – 48’ for passenger buses being operated in municipal areas
- 53’ for Semi-Trailers;
- 28’6” for Twins or Doubles;
- 65’ for Auto transporters;
- 75’ for Stinger steered;
- 75’ for Saddlemounts;
- There is no movement allowed through Rocky Mountain with Doubles
3. Does Ohio have permit limits? If yes, what are they?
Yes, the permit limits vary depending on whether you are traveling as a single, tandem, or tridum. Please see the weight limitations below.
- Single: 29,000
- Tandem: 36,000— spacing should be equal or less than 4’1”; or 50,000 lbs. with more than 4’1”
- Tridum: 60,000— 4’1” is the minimum amount of spacing
- Quad: 60,000— 4’1” or greater is the amount of necessary spacing; or 80,000 spacing that is 4’1” or greater
4. What kind of permits do I need to travel through Ohio?
There are different types of permit updates that are necessary in order to drive through Ohio. For instance, if traveling through Ohio you’ll need a copy of the valid Special Hauling Permit (SHP). This permit would allow you freedom to transport a load. Because there are different revisions, extensions and restrictions, give us a call for in-depth information, we’d be happy to be help.
5. Are escorts a necessity when traveling in Ohio? If yes, when?
Escorts are necessary depending on the weight and length of a vehicle and how many escorts is also dictated by this. Escorts are required to maintain radio communication between the vehicle operator and ensure that the escort vehicle is set with amber flashing or rotating lights mounted on the roof. Please note if necessary a driver of an escort vehicle is able to act as a flagmen. Please see examples below of times you’ll require an escort vehicle:
- Length exceeds 90 feet – 1 escort required in the rear
- Width exceeds 13 feet – 1 lead (rear on multiple lane highways)
- If width exceeds 14’6” – 1 lead escort and 1 rear escort
- Height exceeds 14’6” – 1 lead escort vehicle equipped with a height sensor
- If height exceeds 14’10”— 1 lead escort and 1 rear escort
6. What is a superload and does this effect me?
In Ohio, an overnight superload is classified as any vehicle and/or load with a combination of a gross weight that is great than 120,000 lbs. For more information on the exceptions and classifications of overnight superloads please reach out to us via email or phone for additional information