You may have heard this term before, but not many people may not know what a superload actually is. In this blog post, we will go through what exactly a superload is and what you need to know about them.
What is a Superload?
A superload in NYC is anything that does not fall under the typical over-dimensional load permits. A superload in New York City is a load that is either longer than 16 ft or heavier than 200,000 lbs. It is slightly different for each city and state, so be sure to do your homework. For example, Massachusetts is different than NYC as their superload is anything over 130,000 lbs. The weird thing is that those two states even share a border. So again, just make sure you check.
Also fair warning, the state tends to be a bit more interested in taking a look at these requests due to their uncommon needs. So be sure to cross your T's and dot your I's or you may be in for a hassle. Given their extra size and sometimes shape, it can be difficult to obtain the correct permits. However, there's no need to worry when dealing with us, since Muthers works hand in hand with local and state authorities to assure that all will go smoothly.
Muthers is also one of the few pilot car services which have a professional engineer on hand, just for these special occasions. Some pilot car companies will shy away from these big hauls, but we welcome them. It definitely needs a professional to ensure everyone's safety. We will not push you away no matter how tough the task is.
A lot of times during a superload move, you will need to have a lane closure, atypical traffic patterns, or a police escort depending on the route. So as you can see, these moves require some extra steps, but for the most part, they are the same as a typical over-dimensional load. One thing to keep an eye out for is if your state requires a specific "lead time," some lead times can be as long as two weeks.
If you're interested in seeing a superload being moved, Muthers will be escorting a superload next Month, so we will give you an update and pictures when that happens.
As always, make sure you check the Muthers Blog for the latest information.