Heavy and oversize equipment transportation in Kansas City and around the United States is strictly regulated by state and federal agencies. The fines and penalties associated with the improper transportation of heavy and oversize loads are formidable. It is always best to hire a full-service logistics company in Kansas City to navigate the process for you.
If you are unfamiliar with load restrictions, we have compiled some of them for you here.
An oversize load is determined by its width, height, and length. If the dimensions of the load exceed any of these three, it is beyond the standard size limitations and must be treated as an oversize load.
- Width: Anything over 8.5 feet.
- Height: Anything over 8.5 feet.
- Length: Anything over 50 feet.
The requirements for transportation of oversize loads vary according to how far they extend beyond standard dimensions. Significantly oversize loads may require additional escort vehicles and support by local police to redirect traffic temporarily. Kansas City freight brokers can handle all these logistics for you.
An overweight load is any load exceeding 46,000 pounds, including transportation equipment.
Overweight loads require vehicles with additional axles to adequately distribute the weight on the road surface and prevent road damage.
The transportation of hazardous materials is always closely regulated by state and federal authorities, even when the load is not oversized. In the rare case that a load is overweight or oversize and includes hazardous materials, additional regulations often apply. An experienced freight broker in Kansas City can help you manage unique circumstances like these and ensure that you are in full compliance with local, state, and federal regulations.
Pilot Vehicles and Escorts
Heavy and oversize loads often require special vehicle escorts to help alert traffic of the hazards associated with their loads and to ensure the safety of everyone. Depending on the size of the load, more vehicles may be required. These vehicles increase the expense of transporting oversized loads but are extremely important. Another important function of pilot and escort vehicles is ensuring that the tractor-trailer hauling the oversized load has sufficient space to stop in case of an unexpected hazard.
Provisions for Traffic and Utilities
Extra-long, extra-tall, and extra-wide loads may face obstacles such as sharp corners, powerlines, and narrow roads. All of these obstacles must be considered and accounted for before the journey begins. They may require approval of local authorities and utility companies. Police escorts and temporary relocation of powerlines or telephone lines may also be necessary.
State Tractor Trucking – Equipment Transportation in Kansas City
At State Tractor Trucking, we know cargo. We have extensive experience with oversized loads, heavy hauls, beams, and rail-bound freight. We are also a full-service freight broker and can handle your specialty load from start to finish. You can trust us with route planning, route oversight, and communications between your business and the carrier.
We Are Heavy Hauling Experts
When you work with us, you can expect straight talk and a guarantee to deliver safely and on time.
State Tractor Trucking
Shawnee, KS 66226