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Due to safety considerations, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission requires special permits for over-dimensional vehicles. There are also restrictions as to the time of day the vehicles may travel as well as holiday restrictions.

Changes to Over-Dimensional Permit Procedures at Cashless Tolling locations

Cashless tolling affects traditional ticket system procedures for vehicles with over-dimensional permits. Click here to learn more.

When a permit is required:

A permit is required if the vehicle’s dimensions exceed any of the following:

Length: 85 feet

Weight: 100,000 lbs.

Note: Any vehicle or load weighing over 100,000 pounds that is divisible will be denied.

Read More on divisible/nondivisible loads

The PTC will only issue Over-Dimensional (Class 9) permits for nondivisible vehicles and loads with a maximum gross vehicle weight of more than 100,000 pounds. Accordingly, customers are advised that a vehicle and load that weighs in excess of 100,000 pounds, and which does not meet the federal definition of nondivisible, cannot legally enter the PA Turnpike.

Definition of Nondivisible Load or Vehicle

  • (1) Any load or vehicle exceeding applicable length or weight limits which, if separated into smaller loads or vehicles, would:
    • (i) Compromise the intended use of the vehicle, i.e., make it unable to perform the function for which it was intended;
    • (ii) Destroy the value of the load or vehicle, i.e., make it unusable for its intended purpose; or
    • (iii) Require more than 8 workhours to dismantle using appropriate equipment. The applicant for a nondivisible load permit has the burden of proof as to the number of workhours required to dismantle the load.

Note: Any vehicle or load over 80,000 pounds may not exit at the Delaware River Bridge (exit 359).
As per N.J.A.C. 19:9-1.9,(b) & (c) of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) Regulations, vehicles exceeding the parameters set forth in the said regulations are restricted from the Toll Sections for both the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. As such, you will need to seek an alternate access point from New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Axle Weight: 22,400 lbs.

Height: 13’6”

Exceptions: Maximum height on Turnpike 576, 43, I-376 and 66 is 14 feet.

Width: Over 10’ to max of 11’6”

Bumper Overhang: A load or part thereof extending 5’ front or 15’ rear

Exceptions: Maximum width between (115) Wyoming Valley Ramp and (131) Clarks Summit Ramp (Northeast Extension) is 14 feet.
The maximum width on Turnpike 576, 43, I-376 and 66 is 14 feet.

Note: Vehicles between 8’6” wide and 10’ wide do not require a permit, but must follow time of day travel restrictions.


Cashless Tolling:

Cashless tolling affects traditional ticket system procedures for vehicles with over-dimensional permits. The following are the new procedures for over-dimensional vehicles traveling through cashless tolling locations:

  • Permits are still requested online at www.paturnpike.com
  • Drivers are required to carry a printed copy of the approved permit they requested online.
  • Drivers no longer stop at toll plazas to process permits and pay tolls.
  • Tolls are paid with E-ZPass or PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE (invoice mailed to the vehicles’ registered owner).
  • Drivers should always review the “Route & Permit Restrictions” and “Comments” sections of the permit prior to travel for special instructions and messages, including lane assignments when applicable.

These new procedures are in effect at the following cashless tolling locations:

  • Delaware River Bridge (I-276, Exit 359)
  • Beaver Valley Expressway (I-376, all toll plazas)
  • Clarks Summit (I-476, Exit 131)
  • Keyser Avenue (I-476, Exit 122)
  • Findlay Connector (PA Turnpike 576)

Drivers are still required to follow both traditional and new procedures when a trip includes travel on both the ticket system and through cashless tolling locations. Traditional procedures require drivers to apply for permits online, stop at toll plazas to process permits and do not allow for payment of tolls with E-ZPass.

For general information about cashless tolling, visit www.nocashzone.com. For additional information about over-dimensional permit procedures at cashless tolling locations, call the PA Turnpike Customer Assistance Center at 800-331-3414 (Outside U.S., please call 717-831-7601).


Payment:

Payment for Class 9 over-dimensional loads can be made by COM check, cash or most major credit cards. E-ZPass is not accepted. YOU MUST STOP AT THE ENTERING INTERCHANGE TO PICK UP A CLASS 9 TICKET & PERMIT (EXCLUDES CASHLESS TOLLING AND UNMANNED LOCATIONS).


When an Escort Vehicle is Required in Addition to the Permit:

  • Total vehicle length is over 90’
  • Total vehicle width over 11’
  • Total vehicle width over 11’6” between interchanges 115 to 131
  • Total vehicle width over 11’6” on Turnpike 43, I-376, 66, and 576
  • Bumper overhang of 5’ front or 15’ rear
  • Or at the discretion of the Turnpike Commission due to safety concerns

When Engineering Department Approval is required:

  • Total vehicle weight in excess of 100,000 lbs., or
  • An axle weight of 25,000 lbs.

When a State Police escort is required:

If total vehicle length is over 160’, an escort by the Pennsylvania State Police Troop T is required.


Holiday Travel Restrictions:

The following are the remaining 2017/2018 holiday restrictions for all over-dimensional vehicles:

  • Christmas 2017
    Sunset, Thursday, December 21, 2017 to Sunrise, Tuesday, December 26, 2017
  • New Year’s Day 2018
    Sunset, Thursday, December 28, 2017 to Sunrise, Tuesday, January 2, 2018
  • Easter 2018
    Sunset, Thursday, March 29 to Sunrise, Tuesday, April 3, 2018
  • Memorial Day 2018
    Sunset, Wednesday, May 23 to Sunrise, Tuesday, May 29, 2018
  • Independence Day 2018
    Sunset, Thursday, June 28 to Sunrise, Monday, July 9, 2018
  • Labor Day 2018
    Sunset, Wednesday, August 29 to Sunrise, Tuesday, September 4, 2018
  • Thanksgiving Day 2018
    Sunset, Monday, November 19 to Sunrise, Monday, November 26, 2018
  • Christmas And New Years 2018
    Sunset, Thursday, December 20, 2018, to Sunrise, Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Time of Day Travel Restrictions:

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, all over dimensional movements must travel between dawn and dusk Monday to Thursday, and between dawn and noon on Friday.

From Labor Day to Memorial Day, all over dimensional movements must travel between dawn and dusk Monday to Friday, and between dawn and noon on Saturday.

Vehicles between 8’6” wide and 10’ wide do not require a permit but must follow the time of day restrictions.


How to Obtain a Permit:

Click here to apply for a permit. You may also call the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission at 800-331-3414 (Outside U.S., please call 717-831-7601).

If applying for a permit for a vehicle that requires special authorization, axle weight and axle spacing information is needed.


Permit Office Hours:

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. 717-831-7601

PLEASE NOTE: Allow one business day for permits that require Engineering review, and two weeks for review of super loads.

Office is closed for the following holidays:
New Year’s Day, Martin L. King's Birthday, Presidents’ Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day

All Turnpike permits expire after five authorized travel days have elapsed, in accordance with above mentioned travel restrictions.

Over-Dimensional (Class 9) Vehicle Fares, click here (select Class 9 from the Vehicle Class drop down menu.)

Payment for Class 9 over-dimensional loads can be made by COM check, cash or most major credit cards. E-ZPass is not accepted. YOU MUST STOP AT THE ENTERING INTERCHANGE TO PICK UP A CLASS 9 TICKET & PERMIT (EXCLUDES CASHLESS TOLLING AND UNMANNED LOCATIONS).

For information regarding Special Hauling Permits from PENNDOT, call: (717)787-4680


PA Turnpike TRIP - Turnpike Roadway Information Program:

Be in the know before you go. Check out the PA Turnpike Turnpike Roadway Information Program (TRIP) for real-time information about roadway conditions that will help you plan your trouble-free trip. For toll-free travel info by phone, call 1-866-976-TRIP


Turnpike Customer Assistance Center:

(Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM) 1-800-331-3414 (Outside U.S., please call 717-831-7601)

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