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

Running Hours and Holiday Restrictions

Sunrise to sunset. No weekend running permitted No travel on New Years, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Movement is to stop 12:00 noon the day before a holiday and can begin after 12:00 noon the day after the holiday. NOTE: Travel time restrictions may change from year-to-year.

"Oversized Load" Banner Regulations and Requirements

All Oversize Loads require "Oversize Load" signs front and rear. Size: 7' long and 18" high. Lettering: Black, 10" and 1.41" brush stroke. Background: Yellow. Note: If Series E Modified text is used, the brush stroke shall be 2'.

Vehicles and loads exceeding legal width shall display two signs with the wording "OVERSIZE LOAD". One sign shall be on the front of the vehicle. The other shall be on the rear of the load; however, if the sign cannot be attached to, or is not legible on the load, then the sign shall be attached to the rear of the vehicle itself.  

Vehicle and loads exceeding legal length or legal rear overhang shall be required to display two signs with the wording "OVERSIZE LOAD". One sign shall be on the rear of the over length or overhanging part of the load; however, if the sign cannot be attached or is not legible here, then the sign shall be attached to the rear of the vehicle itself. The other sign shall be attached to the front of the vehicle.

Flag Requirements

Required warning flags shall be in evidence during daylight hours. Red or orange fluorescent warning flags are required and shall be at least 18" square. Flags shall be securely fastened to the vehicle or load by at least one corner of the flag or securely mounted on a staff. 

Warning flags are required on vehicles and loads, which exceed legal width. These vehicles and loads are required to bear flags at the extremities of the vehicle or load. 

Flags are also required on vehicles and loads which exceed legal length or which have a rear overhang in excess of 4'. There shall be a single flag at the extreme rear if the over length or projecting portion is two 2' wide or less. 2 flags are required if the over length or projecting portion is wider than 2' and shall be located to indicate maximum width. 

Warning Lights: Color and Placement

Load hauling vehicles and escort vehicles shall travel with low beam headlights on at all times. While not required in Delaware, load-hauling vehicles may display a flashing 360-degree yellow (amber) light at an elevation above the highest point of the vehicle. A second flashing 360-degree light may be at the rear of the load if the load obstructs the visibility of the 360-degree light on the load-hauling vehicle. The 360-degree light shall be visible in all directions from a distance of 1,000 feet during daylight hours with a flash rate of 60 to 90 flashes per minute (FPM). The 360-degree light lens shall be at least 4" high whose minimum width or diameter at that height is 4 3/4". 

Source of Information:

Delaware DOT Statutory Authority: 21 Delaware Code, Section 4504 (21 Del.C. §4504)

http://regulations.delaware.gov/register/august2013/proposed/17%20DE%20Reg%20202%2008-01-13.htm

What is considered as "Oversized Load" in Delaware?

DIMENSIONS: Width: 8' 6 " Width on Interstates: 3' per side for safety equipment Height 13' 6" Length: 53' (Trailer) Legal Overhang: Front 3', Rear 6' WEIGHT - Roads except Interstates Axle - 22,400 lb. Tandem Axle - 40,000 lb. 3-Axle - 66,000 lb. 4-Axle - 73,280 lb. 5-axle - 80,000 lb. WEIGHT - Interstates Axle - 22,200 lb. Tandem Axle - 34,000 lb. 3-Axle - 54,000 lb. 4-Axle - 74,000 lb. 5-axle - 80,000 lb.

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