Department of Transportation & Public Facilities
Division Measurement Standards &
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
11900 Industry Way, Bldg. M Suite 2
Anchorage, Alaska 99515
T. (907) 365-1200 or (800) 478-7636

Hours of Business

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Alaskan time)
When escorts are needed: # of escorts
On all highways  
Width over 10’6″ 1 Front w oversize load sign
Width 12′ to 14′ 2 (Front & Rear);
Width over 14′ Minimum 3 (2 Front & 1 Rear)
Width over 16′ Additional coordination & evaluation required
Length over 85′ up to 100′ 1 Rear
Length over 100′ 2 (Front & Rear)

Escort vehicle requirements can differ significantly by state in terms of mandatory driver qualifications, training, certifications, vehicle weights, obligatory signage/flags/lighting, necessary onboard equipment, and more. The ODS team can provide you with all additional requirements specific to your route.

Operating Times

Travel is permitted from Monday through Saturday noon during daylight hours (one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset). However, vehicles not exceeding 10’6” in width, 16′ in height, 85′ in length (legal on overhang) may travel Monday through Sunday during daylight hours. Oversize vehicles are allowed to operate during hours of darkness under special lighting and taping requirements.

Weekend travel

All oversize movements where the dimensions exceed 10’ 6” wide, 16’ high, and 85’ in overall length are prohibited after noon on Saturday and all day Sunday. During the period from October 1 to April 15 normal weekend restrictions (no movement after 12:00 noon on Saturday or anytime on Sunday) for vehicles with loads over 10’6” in width, front overhangs greater than 10’, rear overhangs greater than 4’, overall lengths greater than 85’, and heights greater than 17’ do not apply north or east of the Fox Weigh Station on the Steese, Elliot, or Dalton highways.

Holiday travel

Permitted oversized vehicles and overweight vehicles are PROHIBITED from moving during the holiday periods listed below, unless so allowed on the face of the permit:

Sunday or Monday Holiday
For holidays occurring on a Sunday or Monday, movement is restricted from noon (12:00 PM) the
previous Friday until midnight (12:00 AM) on Monday.

Friday or Saturday Holiday
For holidays occurring on a Friday or Saturday, movement is restricted from noon (12:00 PM) Thursday
until midnight (12:00 AM) on Sunday.

Holiday travel restrictions are applicable to the Memorial Day, 4th of July (Independence Day), and Labor Day holidays.

The following are the state holidays recognized by Alaska:

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Seward’s Day (Last Monday in March)
  • Memorial Day (Las Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Alaska Day (October 18)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

Restricted travel

Travel shall be halted during inclement weather conditions such as icy conditions, during periods of high winds or other adverse weather.

Urban areas restrict travel during designated peak traffic hours (7:00–8:00am; 4:30–6:00pm). Movement is prohibited on the entire area south of Seward/Sterling Highway Wye from 6:45-9:00am and from 2:15-4:30pm during the school year, for vehicles and vehicles with loads exceeding 14′ in width and on the Glenn and Parks Highways northward to Palmer and Wasilla between 6:00-8:00am, 11:30-1:00pm and 4:30-6:00pm on weekdays for vehicles and vehicles with loads exceeding 18′.

Drivers going into or out of the following ports WILL BE required to have a Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC) issued by the Transportation Safety Administration: Anchorage, Cordova, Craig, Unalaska, Aine, Juneau, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Petersburg, Strika, Skagway, Valdez, and Wrangill.