Special Hauling Permits
Anyone planning to transport overweight or oversized loads on highways maintained by Franklin County should be familiar with the Special Hauling Permits Manual.
This important information explains the types of required permits, the permit procedure, fees, and safety regulations that will help to ensure a smooth and productive hauling trip. For your convenience, the manual and permit forms are in a PDF format for easy copying.
Superload Structure Crossing Fee
Due to the negative impact as a result of a superload crossing a structure, the Franklin County Engineer’s office has imposed an additional fee for crossing any structure that may be programed for future replacement.
Structures that require Superlaod Structure Crossing Fee:
FRA-C0122-0186L (2530333) over Big Walnut Creek north of Bixby road
FRA-C0122-0186R (2530325) over Big Walnut Creek north of Bixby road
FRA-C0007-0480 (2530740) over Big Walnut Creek east of Alum Creek Dr.
Please submit forms via email to email@example.com
For additional information, please contact Steve Buskirk of the Franklin County Engineer’s Support Services Permits and Utilities Department at (614) 525-3063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hauling Permits for Interstate and State Routes can be obtained from the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Special Hauling Permits Section.
Section 4513.34 of the Ohio Revised Code, in part, grants permission to local authorities with respect to highways under their jurisdiction, to issue special permits for the operation of vehicles or combinations of vehicles of a size or weight of a vehicle or load exceeding the maximum specified in Sections 5577.01 to 5577.09 of the Ohio Revised Code.
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners, in its effort to effectively control the use of County maintained highways, has set forth the following conditions whereby permission may be granted to operate such oversize or overweight vehicles or move such oversize, overweight loads in a manner that will not materially affect the safety of the motoring public or the integrity of the highway or structures.
2. Scope and Application
This policy applies to the movement on or across any and all Franklin County maintained highways of all vehicles and loads that exceed the maximum allowable weight, width, height, and/or length as described in Sections 5577.04 and 5577.05 of the Ohio Revised Code.
All individuals, firms, partnerships, companies or corporations wishing to operate or move a vehicle or combination of vehicles of a size or weight of vehicle or load exceeding the maximum specified in Sections 5577.01 to 5577.09 of the Ohio Revised Code on any or all Franklin County maintained highways must obtain a special hauling permit from the Franklin County Board of Commissioners through the Franklin County Engineer.
A. Types of Permits
B. Responsibility for Permits
The Franklin County Engineer, on behalf of the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, shall be responsible for administering the issuance of special hauling permits, including receiving applications for special permits, reviewing applications for completion, inspecting proposed routes, recommending issuance or denial of permits, and maintaining records of all applications and permits.
C. Requirements for Obtaining a Special Hauling Permit
D. Limitations on Special Hauling Permits
4. Private Escort Requirements
A. Vehicle Requirements
1. A private escort vehicle may be a passenger sedan, open van type vehicle, station wagon, or two (2) axle panel or pickup truck having a rated capacity not to exceed two tons.
2. An escort vehicle shall have a rear view mirror on each side and shall be in good mechanical condition. It shall be equipped with a two-way radio for communication with the operator of the permit movement, and shall carry at least one spare tire at all times. Escort vehicles, when required by a Special Hauling Permit to accompany an over dimensional or overweight vehicle/load, shall be required to display a warning sign, yellow with black letters, reading “OVERSIZE LOAD”. The sign shall be 5 feet long by 12 inches high with 8 inch high letters. When a private escort vehicle is traveling ahead of the permit vehicle, it shall display an “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign visibly toward the front, and when the escort vehicle is trailing, the sign shall be displayed to the rear. All escort vehicles shall have a flashing or rotating amber beacon of such intensity as to be clearly seen at a minimum distance of 1000 feet in normal daytime conditions.
B. Operator Requirements
A private escort vehicle operator shall be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver’s license issued by the state in which the escort vehicle is registered.
When one escort vehicle is required it shall precede the permit movement when operating on two-lane highways with traffic in either direction. It shall, if at all possible, be positioned 150 feet in advance of the permit movement. On multiple lane highways the escort vehicle shall follow the permit movement at a distance of 150 feet where possible. When two escort vehicles are required one shall precede the permit movement and the other shall follow the permit movement at a distance of 150 feet where possible. No action shall be taken by an escort or towing vehicle to prevent an overtaking vehicle from safely entering and occupying the space between the escort and the permit vehicle.
D. Traffic Control
Escort vehicles, together with flaggers, shall control the permit movement in a manner that will insure the safety of the traveling public. When it becomes necessary to occupy a portion of the opposing traffic lane for any reason, it shall not be occupied by the permit movement until the operator is signaled by the escort driver or flagger that the lane is clear of opposing traffic. Opposing traffic shall not be stopped except in extreme emergencies or as directed by a law enforcement officer. It shall be the responsibility of the operator of the permit movement to stop safely until the opposing lane is free of approaching traffic before proceeding, regardless of conflicting signals by an escort driver or flagger.
Towing and escort vehicles are required to have headlights turned on at all times during the permit movement.
5. Permit Procedures
A. General Information
1.The procedures set forth herein shall serve as a guide in establishing a uniform method for the application of regulations governing the issuance of permits to operate or move vehicles or combinations of vehicles of a size or weight of a vehicle or load exceeding the maximum specified in Sections 5577.01 to 5577.09 of the Ohio Revised Code on or across any and all Franklin County maintained highways.
2.Issuance of special hauling permits shall apply only to County highways outside of municipal corporations unless the County has, by agreement, assumed full maintenance of a section of highway that lies wholly, or in part, within a municipal corporation.
3.Requests for special hauling permits must be made in accordance with the policies and procedures as set forth in this section. Applicants are advised that these permits cover only Franklin County maintained highways. Permits to move over state highways must be obtained from the Director of Transportation. Permits to move over municipal highways must be obtained from the applicable municipality if so required. Permits to move over township maintained highways must be obtained from individual Township Trustee Boards. The Franklin County Board of Commissioners assumes no responsibility for the failure of the applicant to secure such applicable state, municipal, or township permits.
B. Application for Permit, Permit Review and Site Inspection
C. Bonds and Insurance
Prior to issuance of a special hauling permit, the applicant will be required to furnish one of the following:
1.Liability Insurance – A Certificate of Liability Insurance with limits of no less than $500,000 bodily injury liability, $1,000,000 each occurrence and $500,000 property damage liability. If the applicant does not have specified insurance limits but has an excess umbrella liability policy of $1,000,000 or greater, the excess liability policy shall be considered as acceptable insurance coverage. There shall be a Special Contractual Endorsement attached and filed with the Certificate of Liability Insurance. Under the “DESCRIPTION OF OPERATIONS/ LOCATIONS/ VEHICLES” section of the Certificate of Liability insurance, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the Franklin County Engineer shall be included as Additional Insured under the General Liability.
2.Surety Bond – A Surety Bond, certified check or approved escrow account in the amounts required in paragraph “a. Liability Insurance.” All Surety Bonds must be submitted on forms approved by the Franklin County Engineer.
D. Issuance and Renewal of Permits
E. Permit Violations
A. General Information
1. A fee, payable to the Franklin County Engineer, will be charged to cover the cost of issuing a permit and/or inspecting the roadway and structures before, during and after the permitted movement.
2. See the Franklin County Engineer’s website for the fee structure for oversized/overweight hauling permits.
3. Permit fees shall be paid by check or money order. The permit holder may elect to establish an account with the Franklin County Engineer’s Office whereby future permit fees may be drawn from the balance. The cost of the permit and the credit balance will be shown on the permit.
4. Fees for Special Hauling Permits shall be as follows:
5. A fee, payable to the Franklin County Engineer, will be charged to cover the cost of issuing a permit and/or inspecting the roadway and structures before, during and after the permitted movement.
6. Hauling Permit Fees
7. Permit fees shall be paid by check or money order. The permit holder may elect to establish an account with the Franklin County Engineer’s Office whereby future permit fees may be drawn from the balance. The cost of the permit and the credit balance will be shown on the permit.
For additional information, please contact Steve Buskirk of the Franklin County Engineer’s Support Services Utilities Department at (614) 525-3056 or email@example.com.