Heavy Haul Transport Service Q & A

How wide is too wide – what are the dimensional restrictions to transport loads?

The Commercial Transport Regulations set out the maximum dimensions for commercial vehicles and their loads. In general, your vehicle and its load cannot be more than:

  • 8’6” wide
  • 41’ long
  • 13’7” high

Commercial vehicles may obtain exemptions from basic size rules through the use of a special exemption permit as long as the conditions of the permit are followed.

Are there weight restrictions for heavy load transportation?

The federal commercial vehicle, maximum weight standards for the Interstate Highway system are:

  • Single axle = 20,000 lbs.
  • Tandem Axle = 34,000 lbs.
  • Grow Vehicle Weight = 80,000 lbs.

Roads under state jurisdiction are subject to individual state restrictions and may vary from these federal weight limits.

What information is needed to ship construction equipment?

To streamline quotes and shipping processing, the following information is required:

  • Name, make, and model of every unit
  • Height, weight, and width or every unit
  • Current location
  • On-site contact names
  • Transport timeframe

More information may be required based on project specific needs and state-specific requirements, and if an oversized/wide-load permit is required.

How are heavy haul shipping rates calculated?

It’s not only mileage that determines shipping costs for an overland over-dimensional transport:

  • The overall size of the shipment
  • The weight of the shipment
  • The type of vehicle
  • How fast you need something shipped
  • Delivery method
  • Whether the location is on a major shipping route
  • Fuel prices

And any other unique features of your cargo.

Call us anytime you have a question about your freight shipment. We transport coast-to-coast, large, or small shipments, large or small business, household or business deliveries.