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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.

Payment for Class 9 overdimensional 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 Toll 376 and UNMANNED LOCATIONS).

PTC Announces Changes to Over-Dimensional Permit Procedures on the Beaver Valley Expressway (Toll 376) due to Cashless Tolling

Effective April 30, 2017, the Beaver Valley Expressway (Toll 376) converted to a cashless-tolling location. Cashless tolling affects traditional procedures for vehicles with over-dimensional permits. On Toll 376 only, drivers no longer stop at Mainline Toll Plazas to process permits and pay tolls. Drivers are required to carry a copy of the permit requested online and pay tolls with E-ZPass or PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE (invoice mailed to the vehicle’s registered owner). For information about cashless tolling, visit www.nocashzone.com. For information about over-dimensional permit procedures on Toll 376, call the PA Turnpike Customer Assistance Center at 800-331-3414.

PTC Announces Additional Changes to Over-Dimensional (Class 9) Permit Requirements

June 10, 2015

On February 2, 2015, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC), in coordination with PennDOT and the FHWA, changed its permit requirements for Over-Dimensional (Class 9) vehicles. Customers operating any vehicle and load that has a maximum gross vehicle weight of more than 100,000 pounds must obtain an Over-Dimensional (Class 9) permit before entering the PA Turnpike.

Pursuant to federal law, beginning on June 30, 2015, 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.

The PTC will not require customers to obtain an Over-Dimensional (Class 9) permit for a vehicle and load that does not have a maximum gross vehicle weight of more than 100,000 pounds, provided the vehicle and load meets the PTC's regulations regarding height, width, length, and axle weight.

If you have any questions about these changes, please call the PTC Customer Assistance Center at 800-331-3414, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST.

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.

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.


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 2016/2017 holiday restrictions for all over-dimensional vehicles:

  • Christmas 2016
    Sunset, Thursday, December 22 to Sunrise, Tuesday, December 27, 2016
  • New Year’s Day 2017
    Sunset, Thursday, December 29, 2016 to Sunrise, Tuesday, January 3, 2017
  • Good Friday/Easter
    Sunset, Thursday, April 13, 2017 to Sunrise, Monday, April 17, 2017
  • Memorial Day
    Sunset, Thursday, May 25, 2017 to Sunrise, Tuesday, May 30, 2017
  • July 4th
    Sunset, Thursday, June 29, 2017 to Sunrise, Wednesday, July 5, 2017
  • Labor Day
    Sunset, Thursday, August 31, 2017 to Sunrise, Tuesday, September 5, 2017
  • Thanksgiving
    Sunset, Monday, November 20, 2017 to Sunrise, Monday, November 27, 2017
  • 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

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.

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 Toll 376 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

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