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West Virginia Pilot Cars / Escort Vechicle Requirements

When Escort Vehicles are Required: 

Overwidth


Highway Lanes

 

 

 

 

2 lane

4 lane

 

 

 

 

 

2 lane

4 lane

 

 

 

 

2 lane

4 lane

 

 

 

 

2 lane

4 lane

 

 

 

 

 

2 lane and 4 lane

Escort Requirements

 

Overall width 10' 6" to 12' Escort vehicle with Oversize Load sign required:

At front

None

 

Overall width 12' 1" to 14' Escort vehicle with Oversize Load sign required:

At front and rear

At rear

 

Overall width 14' 1" to 15' * Escort vehicle with Oversize Load sign required:

At front and rear

At front and rear

 

Overall width 15' 1" to 16' Escort vehicle with Oversize Load sign required:

Two front and one rear ***

One front and two rear

 

Overall width 16' 1" and above Escort vehicle with Oversize Load sign required:

As required by permit

Days of Travel

 

 

 

 

7 days

7 days

 

 

 

 

 

7 days

7 days

 

 

 

 

Mon. thru Fri. **

Mon. thru Fri.

 

 

 

 

Mon. thru Fri. and

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday


* Districts and Parkway may require additional escort or time restrictions 

** West Virginia Parkway Authority: Loads greater than 16' wide must be able to clear 2'9" high concrete barriers. 

*** Loads more than 16’ wide may move only on Sunday morning until noon.


Overlength


Highway Lanes

 

 

 

 

2 lane

4 lane

 

 

 

 

2 lane

4 lane

 

 

 

 

2 lane

4 lane

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 lane

4 lane

 

 

 

 

 

2 lane

4 lane

Escort Requirements

 

Length 75' to 95' *

Escort vehicle required with Oversize Load sign:

At rear

None

 

Length 95' 1" to 100' *

Escort vehicle required with Oversize Load sign:

At front and rear

At rear

 

Length 100' 1"

Escort vehicle required with Oversize Load sign:

At front and rear

At front and rear

 

OVERHANG

Front overhang Exceeds 10' **

Escort vehicle required with Oversize Load sign:

At front

At front

 

Rear Overhang Exceeds 10' **

Escort vehicle required with Oversize Load sign:

At rear

At rear

 

Days of Travel

 

 

 

 

Mon. Thru Fri.

7 days

 

 

 

 

Mon. Thru Fri.

Mon. Thru Fri.

 

 

 

 

Mon. Thru Fri.

Mon. Thru Fri.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon. Thru Fri.

Mon. Thru Fri.

 

 

 

 

 

Mon. Thru Fri.

Mon. Thru Fri.

Pole or extendable trailer can legally carry a load of 80' in length (without permit) providing load is not overweight. Escorts are not required but are encouraged for safety. 

* Districts and Parkway Authority may require additional escorts. 

** No escort required until overhang exceeds 10' front or rear. 


Overheight


Highway Lanes

 

 

 

 

2 lane

4 lane

 

Escort Requirements

 

Height Exceeds 15'

Escort vehicle required with Oversize Load sign:

Front pole car required

In addition to any other escort

Days of Travel

 

 

 

 

Mon. Thru Fri.

Mon. Thru Fri.


Escort requirements must be stated within the permit. These requirements are the policy of the WV Division of Highways. Districts and Parkway Authority may require additional escort or movement requirements, but never less than those listed above. 

* Parkway (I-77/64 maximum height Yeager Bridge 15' 10". 16' in center of bridge.) 

Vehicle Requirements  

The escort vehicles must weigh more than 2,000 pounds and have manufacturer’s gross weight rating less than 26,000 pounds and must be properly licensed. Identification signs or placards showing the name of the company or the owner or driver of the escort vehicle shall be displayed on the escort vehicle in a conspicuous place on both the right and left side. The signs shall be at least 8" by 12" and shall contain the telephone number of the owner or driver plainly legible to the motoring public. 

All escort vehicles must be equipped with the following equipment: 

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. 

Shall display bumper mounted or roof mounted yellow 5' x 12" signs reading "Oversize Load" with black letters 10 inches high, 1-1/2 inch wide brush stroke, which must be visible from front or rear. 

Two flags, red or safety orange, a minimum of 18" square in size, shall be mounted at a 40 to 70 degree angle on the escort vehicle’s roof rack or flags may be mounted on all four corners of the vehicle. 

All for-hire escort vehicles shall contain the following miscellaneous equipment: 

A CB radio, or any other two way communication device with the permitted load; two 5 lb. Fire extinguishers (type a-b-c); a slow sign with a handle with the word "STOP" on one side and "SLOW" on the other of not less than 18" in diameter with 6" letters suitable for directing traffic; a safety orange vest, shirt or jacket; a red hand held sign 18" in size; 2 oversize load banners, yellow with black lettering; three reflecting triangles or 18" traffic cones. 


Source of information: http://transportation.wv.gov/highways/maintenance/hauling_permits/Documents/PERMIT%20INFOMATION.pdf 

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