Nebraska Administrative Code
Topic - TRANSPORTATION, DEPARTMENT OF
Title 415 - NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - LOCAL ASSISTANCE DIVISION
Chapter 3 - Permits for Movement of Overweight and/or Overdimensional Vehicles and Loads
Section 415-3-003 - APPLICATION FOR, AND GENERAL PROVISIONS GOVERNING, OVER WEIGHT AND/OR OVER -DIMENSIONAL PERMITS

Current through March 20, 2024

003.01 Application for the following permits may be made at the Department's website at www.dor.state.ne.us, the Department's Permit Office in Lincoln, or one of the Department's District offices. All permits will be issued utilizing the Department's automated permit system.

003.02 The following types of permits are available utilizing the Department's automated permit system:

Single Trip:

Overdimensional Only

Overweight Only

Overdimensional and Overweight

Self-Propelled Equipment

Manufactured Housing:

New/Dealer

Pre-Owned

Continuous:

3-Month

6-Month

1-Year

Other:

Conditional Interstate Use

Building/Slow Moving Large Object

Garbage/Refuse

Seasonally-Harvested Products

Annual Implement of Husbandry for I-80 (Only for Dealers)

Extra-Long Vehicle Combinations

003.03 The granting of a permit shall not constitute a waiver of any license requirements imposed by the State of Nebraska.

003.04 The granting of a permit does not waive any liability or responsibility of the applicant which might accrue from any property damage, including damage to the highways, or for personal injuries.

003.05 The granting of a permit does not exempt the applicant from compliance with any ordinances, Rules and Regulations of any local authority.

003.06 Before granting any permit, the Department, at its discretion, may also require the vehicle owner or operator to furnish a certificate showing the amount of public liability and property damage insurance carried. The Department, at its discretion, may also require the vehicle owner or operator to furnish additional security to the Department, in an amount and manner to be determined by the Department, to indemnify it for all damage that may be done to the highway or any highway appurtenance by such vehicle.

003.07 A vehicle or combination of vehicles for which an application for an overweight permit is requested pursuant to this section shall be registered under Section 60-305.09 Neb. Rev. Stat. or 60-331 Neb. Rev. Stat. for the maximum gross vehicle weight that is permitted pursuant to Sections 60-6,294 and 60-6,295 Neb. Rev. Stat., before a permit shall be issued.

003.08 The granting of a permit shall not be construed as waiving any weight limitation which has been or may be established on any highway or any bridge thereon.

003.09 A permit will not be granted for the movement of any vehicle or combination of vehicles exceeding the legal weight limitation, with or without load, which is not equipped with pneumatic tires.

003.10 Dummy axles shall be disregarded in determining the lawful weight of a vehicle or vehicle combination for operation on the Nebraska Highway System. Dummy axle shall mean an axle attached to a vehicle or vehicle combination in a manner so that it does not articulate or substantially equalize the load and does not carry at least the lesser of 8,000 pounds or 8 percent of the gross weight of the vehicle or vehicle combination.

003.11 The Department may, if deemed necessary, require the applicant to furnish a "weigh ticket" from a certified scale on each axle and the gross weight of the vehicle or vehicle combination and may require the weighing in the presence of a representative of the Department or a representative of the Nebraska State Patrol.

003.12 A load shall be so transported by a vehicle or combination of vehicles so that the least width or length dimension becomes the width of the load. The load shall be transported such that no part of it will extend across the centerline of the road except when necessary to avoid a collision with objects located near the edge of the road.

003.13 The movement of an overdimensional vehicle or load by permit shall be limited to 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset, and such moves will be prohibited on a holiday as defined in Section 001 ("Holiday" and "Long Holiday"), unless otherwise specifically indicated on the permit form.

003.14 The movement of an overweight only vehicle or load, by permit, shall be permitted 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

003.15 Movement by special permit may at any time be delayed when traffic, weather or other conditions on the State highways are determined to constitute a hazard by the Nebraska State Patrol or the Department's personnel.

003.15A Wet pavement, light drizzle, or wind less than 25 miles per hour is not considered inclement weather for purposes of permit movements. If adverse weather or road conditions are encountered during operation, the permitted vehicle must proceed to the next available safe place off the roadway and park until conditions improve. Nebraska State Patrol Officers or local law enforcement officers or the Department's personnel may further restrict or prohibit operation of permitted vehicles during periods when, in their judgment, weather or other hazardous conditions make continued operation unsafe.

003.15B Terms and conditions for restrictions due to weather will be set out on the individual permit. Single Trip and Manufactured Housing restrictions due to weather are defined as follows:

003.15C Single Trip: Travel for overweight single trip permits "ONLY" is not restricted due to weather conditions. Travel for overdimensional single trip permits is prohibited if any of the following adverse or inclement weather conditions exist:
003.15C1 Winds cause a hazard to movement.

003.15C2 Visibility is less than one-half mile.

003.15C3 Rain, sleet or snow.

003.15C4 Highway surfaces are slippery due to ice, snow, packed snow, slush or frost.

003.14C5 Debris from an accident, natural disaster, or emergency on the highway.

003.15D Manufactured Housing: Permit travel is prohibited if any of the following adverse or inclement weather conditions exist:
003.15D1 Winds velocity exceeds 25 miles per hour.

003.15D2 Visibility is less than one-half mile.

003.15D3 Rain, sleet or snow.

003.15D4 Highway surfaces are slippery due to ice, snow, packed snow, slush, or frost.

003.15D5 Debris from an accident, natural disaster, or emergency on the highway.

003.16 Permits will not be issued for vehicles or loads which can be reduced to comply with the size and weights permitted by statutes (divisibility of vehicles or loads).

003.17 The Department shall require "OVERSIZE LOAD" signs and flags as follows:

003.17A On loads more than 10 feet in width, signs stating "OVERSIZE LOAD" must be displayed to the front of the hauling vehicle and the rear of the load. The signage must comply with requirements in Section 001.22.

003.17B On loads more than 12 feet in width, red flags, not less than 18 inches square, must be displayed on all four corners of the vehicle or vehicles.

003.18 Escort vehicles/light bar requirements for overdimensional vehicles and loads.

003.18A Escort vehicles conforming to the requirements of Section 001.06 may be required for the movement of overdimensional vehicles or loads when such vehicles or loads exceed:
003.18A1 8 feet, 6 inches in width.

003.18A2 90 feet in length.

003.18A3 14 feet, 6 inches in height.

003.18B Escort vehicles conforming to the requirements of Section 001.06 shall be required for the movement of overdimensional vehicles or loads when such vehicles or loads exceed:
003.18B1 12 feet in width.

003.18B2 100 feet in length.

003.18C Position of escort vehicles:
003.18C1 All undivided highways - to the front of the overdimensional vehicle or load.

003.18C2 Divided highways - to the rear of the overdimensional vehicle or load.

003.18C3 Escort vehicle must travel no more than 300 feet from the overdimensional vehicle or load.

003.18D Light Bar. A light bar may be allowed in lieu of an escort vehicle on divided highways when expressly stated on the permit. The light bar attachment must comply to the following:
003.18D1 Must have a left and right rotating amber, yellow, or flashing light of sufficient size to be seen at a distance of not less than 800 feet.

003.18D2 Light bar attachment shall be mounted on the rear of the load at a height sufficient to be seen clearly by traffic to the rear.

003.19 Vehicles permitted for travel on Interstate 80 may follow only the following designated approved detour routes without an escort vehicle as long as they meet the light bar requirements of Section 003.18D:

003.19A Milepost 0.00 on US-30 at the Wyoming State Line east on US-30 to Milepost 312.93 on US-30 at the intersection of US-30 and US-281 in Grand Island.

003.19B Milepost 231.16 on US-34 at the intersection of US-34 and US-281 in Grand Island east on US-34 to Milepost 320.96 at the intersection of US-34 and I-80 north of Lincoln.

003.19C Milepost 323.35 on US-6 at the intersection of US-6 and I-80 west of Waverly east on US-6 to Milepost 345.47 at the intersection of US-6 and I-80 south of Gretna.

003.20 Pole Cars

003.20A On loads which exceed 14 feet, 6 inches in height, a pole car may be required to the front of the overdimensional vehicle or load.

003.20B On loads which exceed 16 feet in height, a pre-run route survey shall be required and provided to the Department in writing prior to issuance of a permit and a pole car shall be required to the front of the overdimensional vehicle or load.

003.20C A route survey supplied to the Department in writing may be required for any overdimensional load prior to issuance of a permit.

003.21 A permit is not required for the crossing of a State highway at a local road intersection.

003.22 The permittee shall assume the risk of loss to the vehicle or its load and shall be liable for any damages that result to overhead obstructions from operation of a vehicle exceeding 12 feet, 6 inches in height.

003.23 Any permit may be revoked at any time by a law enforcement officer or by written notice of the Department for failure to comply with any of the terms and conditions of the permit and rules and regulations of the Department.

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