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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:

There is a new Special Hauling Permit System for Overweight/Over-dimensional vehicles at cashless tolling Locations. On Dec. 18, 2019, the PA Turnpike Commission approved a new permit fee structure at cashless tolling points only across our system for overweight/over-dimensional vehicles. Beginning January 5, 2020, these vehicles must apply for a Special Hauling Permit and pay a $37 flat fee along with an additional 24 cent-per-ton-mile fee on all weight in excess of 80,000 pounds.

Important to note - requirements for when a Special Hauling Permit is needed remain the same. For example, with weight restrictions, a permit is not required until the weight exceeds 100,000 pounds, but if it does, the per-ton-mile fee will be based on all weight in excess of 80,000 pounds.

Those cashless tolling locations are:

  • Gateway Toll Plaza Milepost 2, I-76 (near Ohio line);
  • Beaver Valley Express¬way (PA Turnpike 376);
  • Findlay Connector (PA Turnpike 576);
  • Greensburg Bypass/AKH (PA Turnpike 66); and
  • Delaware River Bridge Toll Plaza, Milepost 42.6, I-95 (near NJ line);
  • Keyser Avenue and Clarks Summit Toll Plazas, Mileposts 122 and 131, (I-476 near Scranton).

Changes for Overweight/Over-dimensional customers at cashless tolling locations only include:

  • All customers applying for a Special Hauling Permit for Overweight/Over-dimensional vehicles must pay a new permit fee online using a credit card or ACH when the application is submitted. There will be no print function for approved permits until payment is made.
  • All customers must print and carry a hard copy of the approved permit.
  • Tolls will be assessed electronically as customers travel the cashless tolling system. There is no need to stop to process permits or pay tolls at cashless tolling locations.
  • Tolls will be charged to your E-ZPass account; if you do not have E-ZPass, an invoice will be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle through the PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE system.
  • All customers must apply for a permit within two weeks of the anticipated travel day.

While the permit fees for overweight and over-dimensional haulers at cashless tolling locations are new, the toll rates have been adjusted so that the overall trip costs are comparable to those of existing Class-9 toll rates.

The PA Turnpike’s standard permit requirements — weight, width, length, height, etc. — remain in effect for these new Special Hauling Permit procedures at cashless tolling locations.

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 at ticket system locations require drivers to apply for permits online, stop at toll plazas to process permits and pay tolls, 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 Special Hauling Permit procedures at cashless tolling locations, call the PA Turnpike Customer Assistance Center/Special Hauling Permit Office 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 2019/2020 holiday restrictions for all over-dimensional vehicles:

  • Christmas And New Years 2019-20
    Sunset, Thursday, December 19, 2019, to Sunrise, Thursday, January 2, 2020.
  • Easter 2020
    From 3:00 P.M., local time, Thursday, April 9 to Dawn, Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
  • Memorial Day 2020
    From 3:00 P.M., local time, Thursday, May 21 to Dawn, local time, Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
  • Independence Day 2020
    From Dusk, Thursday, June 25 to Dawn, Monday, July 6, 2020.
  • Labor Day 2020
    From 3:00 P.M., local time, Thursday, September 3 to Dawn, Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
  • Thanksgiving Day 2020
    From Dusk, Monday, November 23 to Dawn, Monday, November 30, 2020.
  • Christmas And New Years 2020-21
    From Dusk, Thursday, December 17, 2020, to Dawn, Saturday, January 2, 2021.

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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