Conn. DOT increasing over-dimensions permit allowances

Message from Conn. DOT.

The Department would like to announce a change in some of the restrictions that have affected travel times for various permitted loads.

1)   Due to the many bridge replacements/rehabilitations along the I-95 corridor from New Haven to the NY Line over the past 10 to 20 years, the restriction on I-95 for weight related permits for Indivisible Loads will be changed. Starting July 1, 2018, weight-based permits for Indivisible Loads up to 160,000lbs on the appropriate number of axles (up to 14’ wide) will now be considered for permits, Monday through Friday, along the entire I-95 corridor, with the following exceptions:

  • the Gold Star bridges are still restricted to legal weight only
  • no change to Divisible Load movements (not permitted from NY Line to Exit 18)
  • no change to self-propelled crane (or similar vehicle) travel.

2)   Starting July 1, 2018, Non-Divisible loads that, due to their excessive dimensions, had previously been restricted to Tuesday through Thursday travel (loads 13’-6” or wider, loads over 14’ high, or loads 120’ long and above) will now be allowed to obtain permits for travel Monday through Friday — travel times are limited to the hours of 9am to 4pm.

3)   This will confirm that the Department’s Pilot program for weekend travel of Indivisible Loads will be continued. Indivisible Loads that are legal height, 12’ wide or less, 80’ long or less, and weigh less than 160,000lbs may travel on Saturday and Sunday from ½ before sunrise to 12 noon.

As always, the Department reserves the right to limit/prohibit travel on any particular route based on adverse roadway or traffic conditions that result from highway construction/maintenance work, known geometric conditions, time-of-day travel, known bottleneck areas, etc.