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Escort Requirements:

On 2-lane highways:

  • Width of 15' at Bottom of load or 16' at top of load: 2 escorts (Lead and Chase).

  • Length over 110': 2 escorts (Lead and Chase).

On multi-lane divided highways:

  • Width of 15' at Bottom of load or 16' at top of load: 1 escort (Chase).

  • Length over 110': 1 escort (Chase).

  • Length over 150': 2 escorts (Lead and Chase).

On all highways:

  • Height over 16': 1 Lead with Height-Pole (suggested, not required).

Police escort:

  • One lead Police escort is required whenever the permitted load cannot stay on its own side of the centerline and encroaches upon opposing traffic.

Super loads:

  • Trunnion Axles:

  • Single Axle at 26,000, Tandem Axle Group at 52,000 (with bridge check).

  • Single Axle at 30,000, Tandem Axle Group at 60,000 lbs.

  • Width:

  • 14’ 6” depends on route without escort(s), but always escort(s) when over 14’6”. If load/vehicle cannot stay on the right side of the centerline on non-divided highways, then a lead police escort is required.

  • Height:

  • 16’0” when over 16’0” high. Physical route survey at 6” higher than permit height required to be done by move within 1 week before the start of the move.

  • Length:

  • May be required for excessive length; dependent upon route and vehicle configuration.

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.


Dept. of Transportation (MNDOT)
OFCVO - Oversize/weight Permit Section
Transportation Bldg., Mail Stop 420, Rm 153
395 John Ireland Blvd
St Paul, MN 55155
PHONE: (651) 296-6000
(phone hours are 8:00AM - 12:00 PM & 1:00PM - 4:00PM)

Hours of Business

Mon-Fri 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Central time) | Closed noon until 1PM

Minnesota DOT
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