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Alaska DOT Regulations for Oversize/Overweight Load Flags/Banners/Signs/Lights, Running Hours and Holiday Restrictions

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Alaska Oversize / Overweight Regulations

Running Hours and Holiday Restrictions

Permitted oversized vehicles and overweight vehicles are PROHIBITED from moving during the holiday periods (Holiday travel restrictions are applicable to the Memorial Day, 4th of July (Independence Day), and Labor Day holidays), unless so allowed on the face of the permit: For holidays occurring on a Sunday or Monday, movement is restricted from noon (12:00 PM) the previous Friday until midnight (12:00 AM) on Monday.For holidays occurring on a Friday or Saturday, movement is restricted from noon (12:00 PM) Thursday until midnight (12:00 AM) on Sunday.

"Oversized Load" Banner Regulations and Requirements

Acceptable signs, when specified, shall read “OVERSIZE”, “OVERSIZE LOAD”, or “WIDE LOAD” for overwidth vehicles/loads, and “OVERSIZE”, “OVERSIZE LOAD” or “LONG LOAD” for overlength vehicles/loads. Signs must be kept clean and clearly visible during the entire trip. Signs may be commercially manufactured or hand painted in the following manner: Color shall be black lettering on yellow background and outlined in black. Size shall be a minimum of 48” long by 12” wide (48” x 12”). Lettering shall be a minimum of ten inches tall with a 2” brush stroke.

Flag Requirements

Flags when specified shall be square and a minimum of 16” on each side. Flags must be kept clean and clearly visible during the entire trip. They must be either red or fluorescent orange in color. 

Warning Lights: Color and Placement

When specified, the permitted vehicle’s beacon or light bar shall be amber in color and shall be of a high-intensity rotating, flashing, oscillating, or strobe style. The beacon shall be roof mounted or mounted as close to the vehicle’s roof line as practical. The beacon/strobe shall be visible for a minimum of 500 feet, shall be visible through a full 360 degrees and shall be maintained for operability.

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What is considered as "Oversized Load" in Alaska?

Hauling loads to Alaska through Canada is different from shipping directly to Canada.  In fact it's much easier,   so you shouldn't be too overly concerned with the process. Operators/Drivers will need:

  1. Passport - US drivers will need a US passport.
  2. United States - Canada Transit Manifest Customs Form 7512-B
  3. Legal Equipment - Canadian trucking laws are enforced. Spread Axle, Canadian oversize permit hauling restrictions for example.
  4. Alaska is not an IFTA member state.
  5. Pay particular attention for highway frost/freeze information.

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