Kentucky
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Division of Motor Carriers
200 Mero Street
Frankfort, KY 40622
PHONE: (502) 564-1257 | (502) 564-7150

Hours of Business

Mon-Fri 8:00AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern time)

Escorts

When escorts are needed and # of vehicles required

On 2-lane highways:

  • Width over 12′ up to 16′ requires 2 escorts (Front & Rear)
  • Width over 16′ requires 4 escorts (2 Front & 2 Rear)
  • Length over 75′ but less than 85’ requires 1 escort (Front)
  • Length over 85′ but less than 120′ requires 2 escorts (Front & Rear)
  • Length over 120 requires 3 escorts (1 Front, 2 Rear)
  • Height over 14’11” requires 1 Front with high pole
  • If load does not maintain posted speed limit, then 1 Rear escort is required

On 4 or more lane divided highways:

  • Width over 12′ up to 14′ requires 1 escort (Rear)
  • Width over 14′ up to 16′ requires 2 escorts (Front & Rear)
  • Width over 16′ requires 4 escorts (2 Front & 2 Rear)
  • Length over 110′ up to 120′ requires 1 escort (1 Rear)
  • Length over 120′ requires 3 escorts (1 Front, 2 Rear plus pivot/steerable dolly)
  • Overhang over 10′ requires 1 escort (Rear)
  • Height over 14’11” requires 1 Front with high pole

Super loads

A super load is anything weighing 200,000 lbs. or above.

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

With the exception of mobile homes, permitted oversize/overweight loads may travel 24/7 unless otherwise noted on the permit. No holiday restrictions apply.

Mobile homes are restricted to daylight hours only Monday through Saturday with no travel permitted on Sunday.

Restricted travel

All permitted loads are restricted in the following counties between 7AM to 9AM and 4PM to 6PM Monday through Friday:

  • Boone
  • Campbell
  • Fayette **
  • Jefferson
  • Kenton
  • Owensboro, Kentucky 2155 bridge * An overweight or over-dimensional load originating in Fayette County shall be exempt from traffic rush hour restrictions on Interstate 64 and Interstate 75 in Fayette County and on connecting routes to both interstates up to a distance of 3 miles from the interstates.

Adverse Weather

A move of an overweight or over-dimensional load more than 12’ wide shall not be made on a highway if:
a) a wind advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service; or
b) If adverse weather conditions or road conditions would cause these moves to be dangerous