Arkansas
Department of Transportation
10324 Interstate 30
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72209
T: (501) 569-2381

Hours of Business

Mon - Fri, 6:00AM - 4:30PM (Central time)

Escorts

When escorts are required # of escorts
On 2-lane highways  
– Width over 12′ to 14′ 1 Front
– Width over 14′ to 18′ 2 (Front & Rear)
– Width over 18′ to 20′ 2 Front & 2 Rear (move 9AM-3PM only)
– Height over 15′ 1 Pole car
– Height over 17′ Public Utility Escort
– Combination: over 12′ wide AND 13’6″ high 2 (Front w high pole & Rear)
– Length over 100′ 1 Front
– Length over 115′ 2 (Front & Rear)
– Length over 130′ 2 (Front & Rear)
On 4-lane highways or interstate
– Width over 12′ to 14′ no escort required
– Width over 14′ to 18′ 1 Rear
– Width over 18′ to 20′ 2 Front & 2 Rear (move 9AM-3PM only)
– Height over 15 1 Pole car
– Height over 16′ (requires special permit) 1 Front with high pole (as permit states)
– Height over 17′ Public Utility Escort
– Combination: over 12′ wide AND 15′ high 2 (Front w high pole & Rear)
– Length over 100′ to 130′ 1 Rear
– Length over 130′ 2 (Front & Rear)

Notes:

  • Maximum width for highway movement usually allowed is 20′ (based on routes, distance and traffic volume or type).
  • Maximum width for interstate movement is 18′.
  • Height poles should be run at 6″ above load height on all highways.

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 restricted to the hours between sunrise and sunset (not 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after as in other states). Permits may be issued for movement of overdimensional loads on Arkansas highways on Saturday and Sunday.

Holidays

No travel is permitted on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

If a holiday listed is observed on Monday or Friday, movement on a weekend following a Friday observance or preceding a Monday observance shall not be allowed.

A permit may be issued in advance of movement on the days that the following holidays are observed: Martin Luther King’s/Robert E. Lee’s Birthday, George Washington’s Birthday/Presidents Day, Veterans Day, Christmas Eve, or as directed by the Director, Chief, or Commander.

Mobile homes may not be moved on holidays.

Restricted travel

No oversize or overweight movement through the greater Little Rock area from 7:00-9:00AM and 4:00-6:00PM on I-30 (miler markers 137to 143) and all of I-630.

A permit is not valid for movement when visibility is less than 500′ or during inclement weather, including but not limited to periods of extremely hard driving, rain, freezing rain, sleet, snow, or other hazardous conditions.

Movement of vehicles under permit may be restricted during strong winds or wind gusts exceeding 20 knots (23 mph).