TITLE 92: TRANSPORTATION
CHAPTER I: DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
SUBCHAPTER f: HIGHWAYS
OVERSIZE AND OVERWEIGHT PERMIT MOVEMENTS ON STATE HIGHWAYS
SUBPART H: EMERGENCIES AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
a) The Engineer of Operations through the Permit Office or the
District Engineer in the District in which the event occurs may authorize
emergency moves of vehicles, vehicle combinations, or loads that exceed the
maximum legal dimension and weight limitations in a disaster area without a
standard permit. Authorization may also be issued for the movement of State,
local agency, or leased equipment for snow and ice removal without permit.
However, normal permit requirements should be generally observed where
practicable. During regular office hours, the Permit Office (217-782-6271)
should be contacted for assistance in permit routing and coordinating the
movement. When the Permit Office is closed, the Communications Section of
the Department (217-782-2937) will contact permit officials as needed and
coordinate the movement.
b) For purposes of this Part, "disaster" includes flood, tornado,
fire, or any other disaster that causes or threatens loss of life or
destruction or damage to property of such a magnitude as to seriously
endanger the public health, safety, and welfare or that causes or threatens
to cause destruction or major damage to the highway or other transportation
system. Emergency moves may be authorized:
1) when disaster is apparent,
2) during the disaster period, and
3) in the initial stages of recovery.
c) Following the emergency, such vehicles, vehicle combinations, or
loads must be moved from the disaster area under permit authority.
d) The Permit Office may also allow the movement of equipment that
is needed to make emergency repairs to industrial installations and other
facilities where delays would cause severe economic hardship. The
Department considers a severe economic hardship to be whenever the company
will have to lay off one or more shifts of employees or there is a potential
loss of contracts or equipment worth several thousands of dollars.
e) Companies moving at least once a month on an emergency basis, and
providing emergency services as a portion of their regular business, must
have escort and lighting approval. The escort vehicles must comply with
the requirements in Section 554.408 and the extremities of the load must be
illuminated. An illuminated or reflectorized "Oversize Load" sign must be
displayed on the front and rear of each load and escort vehicle. They must
also establish an account with the Permit Office or use a credit card for
the payment of fees.
Manufactured Home Emergency Moves
In the event an area has
been declared a disaster area by the President or Governor, house trailers
may be authorized to move into the area without a standard permit. The
house trailers may not exceed 12 feet wide and 85 feet combination length.
They must be owned by the victims of the disaster or otherwise be brought
into the area for relief purposes. If the units are furnished by the
Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) the Permit Office
will generally allow movement in conformance with the American Association
of State Highway and Transportation Officials' (AASHTO) National Policy.
However, the Permit Office may include additional restrictions in its
Railroad Derailment Emergency Moves
Emergency moves of
vehicles or loads to railroad derailments may be authorized for movement
over State highways during periods when normal permits are restricted,
a) There is a loss of life threatened, hazardous materials are
involved, a mainline or other major line is blocked, and the Department is
notified of the incident no more than six hours after it has occurred. If
more than six hours have elapsed before the Department is advised, the
situation is not generally considered to be of an emergency nature.
b) During normal working hours, the emergency services company must
obtain a standard permit by contacting (217)785-1477. If the incident
occurs when the Permit Office is not open, the railroad representative and
the requested emergency services company must contact the central dispatcher
(217/782-2937) within six hours of the time of occurrence to request the
move and provide details. The required information that must normally be
provided before authorization will be granted includes the exact location of
the incident, the time of occurrence, the number of cars involved, an exact
listing of the commodities contained in each car, the description of
equipment needed, the origin and requested routing of the move. If loss of
life is threatened or a highway is blocked, the Permit Office may waive the
immediate need for some of this information.
c) After receipt and verification of the required information, the
Department representative will check the requested routing to ensure it will
safely accommodate the load. If the authorization is approved, he/she will
then issue the permit by telephone and send a Teletype message to the
Illinois State Police. He/she will also advise the State Emergency
Management Agency of the incident and the commodities involved. In order to
obtain an authorization for movement at night or on weekends, the permittee
must have received prior Permit Office approval of their escort and
emergency lighting protection or have approval from the Illinois State
Police that they will escort the move.
d) That, due to the physical capacity of the highways, the proposed
moves be 12 feet or less in width, of legal height, and not exceed the
practical maximum weights listed in Section 554.604.
e) That insofar as practicable, all safety precautions and
operational conditions normally imposed by the Permit Office for special
movement be observed.
f) If traveling conditions on the involved highways are considered
hazardous due to weather, the Department's dispatcher will contact the
Illinois State Police and, if necessary, hold the authorization until the
highways are sufficiently clear to allow safe movement. While the provision
may result in some delay, it is the Department's responsibility to ensure
the presence of these oversize and overweight movements on the highway does
not unduly endanger other motorists.
g) After release of the authorization, the permit fee will be
charged to the emergency service company's account or be processed for
h) That annual permits are available to move oversize or
overweight equipment to the sites of train derailments and shall include all
equipment otherwise eligible to obtain single trip permits under normal
situations. Annual permits can be used at any time for movement to the site
of a train derailment. [625 ILCS 5/15-308.1]
Permits may be issued for
the movement of an overweight and/or overwidth container, empty or loaded,
designed for transporting radioactive materials. The moves must conform to
all applicable safety regulations. These moves are made under the same
conditions and provisions as other overweight moves, except it is
recommended they not be made in congested areas over critical highway
facilities or during rush hour periods. Federal regulations may require
routing around certain urban areas.
Section 554.805 Toxic,
Gaseous, and Highly Explosive Materials
a) Toxic, gaseous, and highly explosive liquid or gaseous materials
generally are transported in special vehicles that conform to legal
dimensions and weights. Occasionally, such vehicles are found to be
overweight and are stopped by the Illinois State Police as authorized by
law. Under the law, the driver may not proceed until the weight has been
reduced to legal proportions. Requiring the driver to remove part of the
cargo to reduce the weight to legal limits may constitute a hazard
endangering a large area.
b) Upon recommendations of the police and if determined feasible by
engineering analysis, a special authorization may be issued:
1) Permitting the driver to proceed to the nearest point where
suitable unloading facilities are available to remove the excess cargo; or
2) Permitting the driver to return to the point of origin in
Illinois or to the point of entrance to the State.
Since confinement of livestock
in a trailer for an extended period can result in death, the Permit Office may
authorize overweight loads of livestock to proceed subject to the following
a) The police recommend the load be allowed to proceed to a specified
point for unloading the excess livestock, and
b) the routing is able to accommodate the excess weight.
Section 554.807 Disabled
Limited Continuous Operation
Permits are available to remove disabled vehicles from the point of disablement
on Illinois highways to a site not exceeding 50 miles from that initial hook-up
point. No single rear axle shall exceed 26,000 pounds and no tandem rear axle
shall exceed 50,000 pounds. (See 625 ILCS 5/15-301(n).)