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

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West Virginia Oversize / Overweight Regulations

Running Hours and Holiday Restrictions

Travel for oversize vehicles 14' 0" or less wide allowed on all routes except the West Virginia Turnpike* from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. School bus hours or other curfews may apply. Oversize vehicles exceeding these dimensions travel from sunrise to sunset, Monday through Friday on all routes (except West Virginia Turnpike). Special times/oversize dimensions on WV Turnpike by permit. Loads in excess of 10' 6" require escorts. Night travel requires special permit. Movement is restricted on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas. 

"Oversized Load" Banner Regulations and Requirements

“Oversize Load” signs (bumper mounted or roof mounted yellow 5' x 12" signs with black letters 10 inches high, 1-1/2 inch wide brush stroke, which must be visible from front or rear) required front and rear and six flags are required for all oversize loads. 

Flag Requirements

Two flags, red or safety orange, a minimum of 18" square in size, should be displayed one on each side of the front bumper of the power unit and one on each top corner of the load. Overhang over 4′ needs flag or flashing amber light.

Warning Lights: Color and Placement

Overhang over 4′ needs flag or flashing amber light - a rotating or strobe amber yellow plastic, acrylic or glass covered flashing light which is visible from at least 500 feet and has a horizontal placement which is visible from all directions 360 degrees.

Source of Information:

West Virginia DOT, Permit Information (PDF)

What is considered as "Oversized Load" in West Virginia?

Dimensions: Width: 8' 6" (8' Local roads) Height: 13' 6" Semi-trailer: 53' Overall: 70' (Unlimited on Interstates) Overhang: Front 3', and rear: 6'

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