Oversized Vehicles

Policy on the Movement of Oversized Loads

Oversized VehiclesWritten permits are not required for the movement of oversize loads on the Kansas Turnpike. However, due to the size and configuration of some loads, prior approval is required from a Chief Engineer, the Turnpike Highway Patrol Commander, or his designee, before such vehicles and/or loads can be moved or transported on the Kansas Turnpike. Movements of some or all oversize vehicles or combinations of vehicles may be temporarily restricted due to wind, weather, road or construction conditions. Click here to review our guidelines.

For more information or questions about oversize vehicles, please call Kansas Turnpike/KHP Troop G at (316) 682-4537 ext. 2202.

David Jacobson, P.E. Chief Engineer
Joe Bott, Captain Turnpike Highway Patrol Commander

Maximum Axle and Gross Weights

Maximum Axle and Gross Weights

KTA Fact

1956 - 1957
Reasonable and Prudent

1957 - 1970
80 mph Maximum
40 mph Minimum

1970 - 1974
75 mph Maximum - Day
70 mph Maximum - Night
40 mph Minimum

1974 - 1987
55 mph Maximum

May 1987
65 mph on rural interstates
55 mph through town of 50,000 or more and from Emporia to Topeka

October 1987
Emporia to Topeka re-classified as I-335 and now 65 mph

65 mph around Wichita & Topeka

70 mph from Oklahoma line to I-70/435. 65 mph from I-70 to 18th St.

Entire Turnpike changed to 70 mph

Turnpike from K-7 near Bonner Springs south to Oklahoma border changed to 75 mph