Overweight divisible load permits for transportation of emergency relief supplies

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In response to the public health emergency, the Connecticut Department of Transportation has issued a declaration allowing for divisible load permits for up to 125% of the current legal limit for a given wheel spacing and axle configuration. Such permits are only available for the transportation of emergency relief supplies and equipment.

Emergency relief supplies and equipment include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  1. Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19
  2. Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19
  3. Food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores
  4. Immediate precursor raw materials – such as paper, plastic or alcohol – that are required and to be used for the manufacture of essential items
  5. Fuel
  6. Equipment, supplies and persons necessary to establish and manage temporary housing, quarantine, and isolation facilities related to COVD-19

Note: Please be advised that permits are required. ConnDOT may issue single-trip permits to applicants. The permits must be kept in the truck. Members should consider having drivers keep a letter on company letterhead stating that they are carrying emergency relief supplies. Carriers using such permits should ensure that the permitted load is in compliance with the permit’s route restrictions and other parameters.

A copy of the declaration from ConnDOT is available as a downloadable PDF.

Applications for Oversize / Overweight permits are processed through the Connecticut Commercial Vehicle Operations (CVO) Web Portal.

For specific questions regarding these permits, contact dot.osowpermits@ct.gov.