Sec. 19-104-15 - Overwidth.

Sec. 19-104-15 Overwidth.

(a) Permits normally shall be issued for widths up to 14 feet provided:

(1) The object is of such nature that it cannot readily be reduced in size and both the length and width exceed 9 feet or the load consists of products transported from the place where they are harvested or stored to the place where they are processed or used;

(2) The object is loaded in such a manner that the least width or length dimension becomes the width of the load; and

(3) The positioning of the object shall not cause other maximum legal dimensions to be exceeded.

(b) Permits may be issued to move a vehicle or combination of vehicles, empty or with load, 14 feet or wider, provided:

(1) The movement can be made without seriously jeopardizing other traffic or highway facilities;

(2) The move is not one of many to be made in the course of regular operation. (.Agricultural equipment which is operated or moved in the course of normal agricultural operations and within the geographic area in which it is normally used shall be exempt from this restriction);

(3) The maximum operating speed shall be 25 miles per hour;

(4) Escort vehicle, flagman or police accompany the move; and

(5) A statement is submitted by the moving contractor certifying that the route has been examined and that there will be a clearance of at least 1 foot on each side of the vehicle, equipment or load and any possible obstruction, including traffic signs and markers, existing along the route.

(c) All vehicles or loads exceeding 12 feet in width shall require an escort vehicle. However, this shall not preclude a requirement for an escort vehicle in certain areas for loads of lesser width or for an additional escort vehicle depending upon the character of the road and the traffic volume. In general, escort vehicle may be required for widths exceeding

10 feet on two-lane roads traversing mountain or winding coastal areas.

(d) The district engineer may require police escort when in his judgment such escort is necessary to ease the flow of traffic or for public safety.

(e) Each overwidth movement exceeding 12 feet in width shall have wood or metal panel 6 feet by 1 foot sign with 10 inch high black letters on yellow background painted with 1-1/4-inch stroke to read "WIDE LOAD." (Reflective sign shall be required for movements at night.) The sign shall be securely mounted to the front or rear of the carrier vehicle or the escort vehicle, as specified in the permit, in such a manner that the sign will be clearly visible by approaching motorists from the front or rear. The applicant shall insure that the sign does not obstruct the view of the driver and obscure required warning and safety devices such as lights, flags, reflectors, and rear view mirrors.

(f) Vehicles with width greater than nine feet, including load, may cross state highways at permissible locations (e.g., permitted access points, tractor "crossings, intersections, etc.) without permits provided that the other limitations regarding length, height, projection, or weight are not exceeded. These vehicles, when involved in crossing only, are exempt from this chapter.

         [Eff MAY 30 1981 (Auth: HRS Sec. 291-36) (Imp: HRS Sec. 291-36)

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