Ask a Trooper: What permit is needed to haul boat lift over 9 feet wide?
Question: Do I need an oversize or wide load permit to haul a boat lift that is over 9 feet wide to my cabin?
Answer: You would need to obtain a permit because the width is over 8 feet, 6 inches. Hauling oversized items without a permit or escorts (if required) can be dangerous and is illegal. Troopers and private escort companies are required to be trained and certified.
An oversize and/or overweight permit is required when:
• An overall loaded width exceeds 8 feet, 6 inches.
• An overall loaded height exceeds 13 feet, 6 inches.
• An overall loaded length exceeds 75 feet on combination vehicles.
• An overall loaded length exceeds 45 feet on single vehicles.
• When the overall gross vehicle weight exceeds 80,000 pounds.
A permit is not needed when:
• Hauling utility poles (over-length only);
• Driving or towing farm equipment at speeds less than 30 miles per hour, and no interstate travel is allowed;
• Through a governor's order or for disaster relief.
Generally, escort vehicles are required when overall widths exceed 14 feet, 6 inches or under the following conditions:
• On multi-lane, divided roadways — One rear-certified escort is required for loads exceeding 110 feet and up to 150 feet long. Front- and rear-certified escorts are required on loads exceeding 150 feet and up to 180 feet long.
• On any non-divided roadways — One rear-certified escort is required for loads exceeding 110 feet and up to 125 feet long. Front- and rear-certified escorts are required on loads exceeding 125 feet and up to 150 feet long.
For more information, go to dot.state.mn.us/cvo/oversize/index.html.
Send your questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota to firstname.lastname@example.org or Sgt. Neil Dickenson — Minnesota State Patrol at 1131 Mesaba Ave., Duluth, MN 55811. You can follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NE or reach him at email@example.com.