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

Running Hours and Holiday Restrictions

In general, permitted oversize load vehicles are prohibited from night travel. Hours of operation are from sunrise to sunset. In the New Orleans area only, permitted vehicles may not cross any bridge spanning the Mississippi, or be within 2 miles of such bridge from 6:30 am to 9:00 am and 3:30pm to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday. Other local travel restrictions may apply and should be part of the permit documentation.

"Oversized Load" Banner Regulations and Requirements

"OVERSIZE LOAD": Warning signs are required on the front and back of all oversize loads. Size: 7' long, 18" high Letters Black, 10" high, 1.5" brushstroke Background: yellow

Flag Requirements

All Oversize Loads: All flags shall be 18" square clean bright red flags on all four corners of the extremities of over width objects, and at the extreme ends of all protrusions, projections, or overhangs.

Warning Lights: Color and Placement

During reduced visibilities (inclement weather): Two (2) amber lights, visible from front and sides, must be attached at the widest points on the front. If the over width part is at or near the rear of the vehicle, this light may be red and visible from front, side and rear. On rear overhangs more than 4', 2 red lights [1 on each side] and 2 red reflectors must be visible from the rear, must indicate maximum width of the overlength or projecting part. If the overlength or projecting part is two (2) feet wide or less, one (1) red light and one (1) red reflector is sufficient.

Source of Information:

Louisiana Regulations for Trucks, Vehicles and Loads (2013)

http://perba.dotd.louisiana.gov/welcome.nsf/RegBook2013.pdf

What is considered as "Oversized Load" in Louisiana?

"DIMENSIONS: Width: 8' 6" Height: 14' Length: Any vehicle or combination: 65' Legal Overhang: Front: 4', Rear 8'. WEIGHTS: Single Axle: 20,000 lb. Tandem axle: 34,000 lb. Tridem: 42,000 lb. Max Gross Weight: 80,000 lb. Quadrum Axles: 50,000 lb. Max Gross Weight with Quadrum: 88,000 lb. (83,400 lb. on Interstates)

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