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 When escort services are required and the number of escorts needed depends on the dimensions of the load being transported. Here are the guidelines:

  1. Overhang of loader blade 12' wide or less: No escorts required.

  2. Width over 12' to 14':

  • 1 escort on a 2-lane highway.

  • 1 Rear escort on a 4-lane or wider highway.

  1. Width over 14': 2 escorts (Lead and Chase) required on all highways.

  2. Length over 90' to 125':

  • 1 Rear escort on a 2-lane highway.

  1. Length over 125' to 150' (excluding mobile homes):

  • 2 escorts (Lead & Chase) required on a 2-lane highway.

  1. Length over 150':

  • 2 police escorts (Lead and Chase) with flashing or strobe amber lights).

  1. Height over 15'6": 1 Height-Pole.

  2. Overhang in the rear over 5': 1 Rear escort on a 2-lane highway.

  3. Overhang in the front over 10': 1 Front escort on a 2-lane highway.

For Super loads (defined as exceeding 16' wide, 16" high, 150' long, or 250,000 pounds), pre-approval is required. The following items are necessary for consideration:

  1. A detailed letter of request justifying the need for a permit, including reasons why alternative transportation methods like rail or barge are not feasible.

  2. Load dimensions.

  3. Detailed drawings or plans showing the entire axle configuration, including truck-tractor details, axle spacing, and weights in U.S. measurements.

  4. Certified scale ticket for loads with weight.

  5. A comprehensive route survey indicating all points of contact and strategies to avoid them.

  6. For loads exceeding 16' wide or high: Minimum two police escorts (lead and chase). Contact the Alabama Trooper Association only after permit office pre-approval is confirmed.

  7. Utility notification for loads over 16' 6" high, including power, cable, telephone, and traffic signal owners.

  8. City or County Engineers approval required for travel on city or county roads.

ALDOT may require additional insurance coverage as security for any potential damage to public roads or bridges on the Superload route.

Escort vehicle requirements can vary widely from state to state, encompassing mandatory driver qualifications, training, certifications, vehicle weights, mandatory signage, flags, lighting specifications, essential onboard equipment, and other factors. The SafeGuard team is well-equipped to furnish you with comprehensive information on any additional requirements specific to your designated route.

Alabama DOT Maintenance Bureau
Permits & Operations
1409 Coliseum Boulevard
Montgomery, AL 36110
Tel: (334) 834-1092 | (800) 499-2782

Hours of Business

7:00 AM - 4:45 PM (Central time)



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