About Our Heavy Haul Trucking Service
Heavy haul trucking is the go-to method when traditional trucking methods just can’t cut it. Shipping over-dimensional items and heavy hauls present a unique set of problems that require unconventional solutions to avoid risks to cargo.
When to use heavy haul trucking companies?
It’s time to consider heavy haul trucking when dealing with oversized and overweight loads. These hauls often require additional permits, training or licensing, regulated routes, specialized equipment, designated trucking times and/or an additional escort to be completed safely and effectively. All states have their own heavy haul trucking regulations, so planning is of utmost importance to a successful transport.
Colorado heavy haul trucking, for example, has regulations and restrictions that change throughout the year. When transporting along the I-70 corridor, there are nearly a dozen restrictions, mostly related to the width and length of cargo. For example, near Rifle, CO in both directions “no loads over 14 feet” are permitted “twenty-four hours a day, 7 days a week until October 16, 2018.” Chain laws also go into effect on September 1st of each year. These laws require that all commercial vehicles traveling I-70 between mile marker 133 and 259 carry proper chains. Knowing the nuances of the restrictions of each state along trucking routes helps to avoid fines and ensure deliveries are on schedule.
While on-time delivery is a concern for most heavy haul trucking companies, safety is truly the most important factor in heavy haul trucking. For that reason, many states have their own requirements for escorts within their borders. Virginia requires anywhere from 1-4 escorts depending on the height, width, and length; and what highway or interstate the load is traveling on. In contrast, Minnesota only requires up to 2 escorts, or “on two-lane roadways, a Peace Officer escort must precede a vehicle that encroaches over the roadway centerline onto incoming traffic.”