West Virginia OSOW permits

Updated: Sep 2


Permits valid for five calendar days. Must have a permit prior to entering the state.


West Virginia Permitting System: https://wv.gotpermits.com/wvpass/permits/default.asp

Contact phone number: 304-558-9547. Bridge department: 304-558-3775.

OPERATING TIME:

Sunrise to sunset, Monday through Friday, plus the following for weekend movement: On Interstate and divided routes, weekend running is allowed if dimensions do not exceed 14'6" high, 14' wide, 95' long or 15' total overhang. On US and selected WV routes, weekend running is allowed when not exceeding 14' high, 12' wide, 75' long, and 10' total overhang. On all other routes, weekend running is allowed when not exceeding 13'6" high, 12' wide, 75' long, and 10' total overhang. Overweight only, not exceeding 110,000 pounds gross are allowed 24/7 movement. Overweight only, exceeding 110,000 pounds gross can only travel sunrise to sunset, Monday through Friday.


RESTRICTED TRAVEL:

Over-dimensional travels usually not allowed on major holidays and holiday weekends.


WEST VIRGINIA PARKWAY:

No night running or overnight parking is allowed on the Parkway so cutoff time for entry depends on the time of year. Vehicles/loads over 14' wide are restricted to Monday through Thursday movement, no Friday movement allowed. Most of the other over-dimensional rules are the same as on the Interstates in West Virginia.


LEGAL DIMENSIONS:

Width: 8'6" Interstate and designated roads, 8' on non-designated.

Height: 13'6"

Length: 53' trailer or load on Interstate and designated highways, (with the measurement from rear tractor axle to trailer the first axle not to exceed 37'); 48' trailer and 60' overall on non-designated roads

Overhang: 3' front, 6' rear (all roads)

Weight: 80,000 Gross (designated routes, 65,000 non-designated routes)

Single – 20,000 Tandem – 34,000 Tridem – 42,500 (8' spacings)


ROUTINE PERMIT LIMITS:

Width: 16' on 4-lanes, 15' on 2-lanes

Height: 16' if the route can accommodate, over 15' needs engineer approval.

Length: No limit if the route can accommodate

Weight: 120,000 Gross Single – 28,000 Tandem – 45,000 Tridem – 50,000 for regular permit, "superload" permits can go higher and is usually a routine issue. Loads exceeding these dimensions are considered as Super Loads.


ESCORTS:

On 4 or more lane divided highways:

Width: Over 12' – 1 escort; over 14' – 2 escorts; over 15' – 3 escorts; over 16' as required by route

Height: 15' – 1 escort (high pole) in addition to any other escort

Length: Over 95' – 1 escort; over 100' – 2 escorts

Overhang: Over 10' front or rear overhang – 1 escort


On 2-lane highways:

Width: At 10'6" to 12' – 1 front escort; over 12' – 2 escorts; over 15' – 3 escorts; over 16' as required by routes.

Height: 15' – 1 escort (high pole) in addition to any other escort

Length: At 75' – 1 rear escort; over 95' – 2 escorts

Overhang: Over 10' front or rear overhang – 1 escort

Note: Local districts may impose additional escort requirements


SIGNS, FLAGS & LIGHTS:

"Oversize Load" signs front and rear, and six flags are required for all oversize loads. The flags should be displayed on each side of the front bumper of the power unit and one on each top corner of the load. Overhang over 4' needs flags or flashing amber light. There are no sign or flag requirements for overweight only loads.


MISCELLANEOUS:

The maximum width for a blade or bucket is 12 feet. The blade has to be detached and hauled on the separate trailer if the gross dozer plus blade weight is over 80,000 pounds.

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