California Department of Transportation
 

Height and Low Clearances

Per the California Vehicle Code (CVC), no loads shall exceed a height of 14 feet. The CVC Height Section is 35250, and is copied below:

35250. No vehicle or load shall exceed a height of 14 feet measured from the surface upon which the vehicle stands, except that a double-deck bus may not exceed a height of 14 feet, 3 inches. Any vehicle or load which exceeds a height of 13 feet, 6 inches, shall only be operated on those highways where deemed to be safe by the owner of the vehicle or the entity operating the bus.

LOW CLEARANCES on STATE ROUTES

The table below lists vertical clearances on State routes that are 14'-0" or less.

Measuring locations: Vertical clearances on this list are measured from the edge of travelled way. The vertical clearance measured from the edge of shoulder may be lower at some bridges. Some posted signs indicate vertical clearance measured from the edge of shoulder, and therefore may vary from the information on this list.

State routes only: This list is for vehicles travelling on State routes only; it does not include low clearances on local roads that run under State routes.

Locations on maps: To view Caltrans district truck route maps with low clearance locations, click on the name links.

RTE
COUNTY
POST-
MILE
DIR
NAME
VERT
CLEARANCE
5 San Diego 15.420 NB Pershing Dr. 13'-10"
33 Ventura 18.231 NB South Matilija Tunnel 13'-4"
33 Ventura 18.811 NB Middle Matilija Tunnel 13'-4"
33 Ventura 18.846 NB North Matilija Tunnel 13'-4"
33 Ventura 18.846 SB North Matilija Tunnel 13'-4"
33 Ventura 18.811 SB Middle Matilija Tunnel 13'-4"
33 Ventura 18.231 SB South Matilija Tunnel 13'-4"
110 Los Angeles 24.160 NB College St. 13'-6"
110 Los Angeles 24.548 NB Hill St. 13'-5"
151 Shasta 5.508 EB Coram Railroad Crossing 13'-9"
151 Shasta 5.508 WB Coram Railroad Crossing 13'-9"
238 Alameda 2.190 SB Edenvale Railroad Crossing 14'-0"

 

TEMPORARY LOW CLEARANCES

Temporary "short term" restrictions, including for height, are listed on the main Caltrans Permits web page at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/traffops/permits. See the list of links in the middle column under the purple heading "WEEKLY SHORT TERM RESTRICTIONS." A new temporary restrictions link is added weekly. Select the link at the top of the list -- this link should have the most recent date.

The link will open a PDF document with a list of temporary restrictions. Check the restrictions for the routes that you intend to travel on.


CONTACTS -- NON-PERMIT LOADS

Caltrans Legal Truck Access Branch
Casey Robb
Manuel Fonseca
General number (916) 654-5741

E-mail: Legal Truck Access Branch.

Return to the Caltrans "Legal Truck Access" page.

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Revised 9/12/13.