Oregon Bulletin

November 1, 2011


Department of Transportation,
Highway Division
Chapter 734

Rule Caption: Authority to authorize the movement of over-dimensional loads.

Adm. Order No.: HWD 10-2011(Temp)

Filed with Sec. of State: 9-30-2011

Certified to be Effective: 9-30-11 thru 3-21-12

Notice Publication Date:

Rules Amended: 734-070-0010, 734-082-0021

Subject: These rules authorize an ODOT official to impose restrictions on travel involving over-dimensional loads and vehicles in order to protect the traveling public and Oregon’s infrastructure. Historically that ODOT official has been the Chief Engineer. The Administrator of the Motor Carrier Transportation Division (MCTD) has recently been appointed to serve as the agency’s liaison responsible for freight mobility issues statewide. The MCTD Administrator in actual day to day practice is asked to make decisions for which he does not have delegated authority. The proposed amendments are needed in order to provide the Administrator of MCTD with the same authority granted the Chief Engineer in regards to oversight of the movement of oversized loads or vehicles. In addition, freight mobility issues are not always predictable, so by having a second official authorized to direct these movements, the Department gains flexibility to enable timely response to freight mobility issues.

Rules Coordinator: Lauri Kunze—(503) 986-3171


Imposition of Travel Restrictions

(1) The Chief Engineer and the Administrator of the Motor Carrier Transportation Division are both authorized to impose time of travel restrictions, to halt the movement of over-dimensional vehicles and loads, or to impose other restrictions which alter, rescind, or are in addition to those established under other rules and pertain to the movement of over-dimensional vehicles, combinations of vehicles, or loads on state highways. In exercising such authority, the Chief Engineer or the Administrator of the Motor Carrier Transportation Division may impose such restrictions as may be necessary to protect the safety and convenience of the traveling public, to protect any highway or section thereof from damage, to avoid conflict with highway construction or repair projects, or to cope with other local traffic conditions.

(2) Any directive or restriction imposed by the Chief Engineer or the Administrator of the Motor Carrier Transportation Division under this authority will be in the form of a written, signed order.

(3) Signs giving notice of the restrictions or limitations contained in the order must be posted at each end of the highway or section of highway affected. Such restrictions or limitations will be effective when the signs giving notice of them are posted.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, 184.619, 823.011

Stats. Implemented: ORS 818.200, 818.220

Hist.: 1 OTC 20-1979(Temp), f. & ef. 9-20-79; 1OTC 8-1980, f. & ef. 3-28-80;HWD 5-2011, f. & cert. ef. 5-27-11; HWD 10-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-30-11 thru 3-21-12


Days of Travel and Peak Traffic Hour Restrictions

(1) Movement of an oversize vehicle or load is subject to the time of travel restrictions described on Attachment H (rev. 11/2007), which is included with a division 82 permit.

(2) The Chief Engineer and the Administrator of the Motor Carrier Transportation Division may both impose or alter time of travel restrictions. These may be necessary to prevent conflict with highway construction or repair projects or to cope with local or seasonal traffic conditions.

[ED. NOTE: Attachments referenced are available from the agency.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, 184.619 & 823.011

Stats. Implemented: ORS 818.220 & 818.225

Hist.: HWY 17-1990, f. & cert. ef. 12-28-90; HWY 2-1992, f. & cert. ef. 2-18-92; HWY 11-1992, f. & cert. ef. 9-16-92; HWY 5-1997, f. & cert. ef. 5-9-97; TO 7-1998, f. & cert. ef. 8-20-98; TO 3-2000, f. & cert. ef. 2-11-00; TO 8-2002, f. & cert. ef. 10-14-02; HWD 3-2006, f. & cert. ef. 5-24-06; HWD 6-2006, f. & cert. ef. 11-15-06; HWD 10-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-30-11 thru 3-21-12

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