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Ask a Trooper: What permit is needed to haul boat lift over 9 feet wide?

Sgt. Neil Dickenson, Minnesota state trooper

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 trooper@duluthnews.com 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 neil.dickenson@state.mn.us.