Tree branches overhanging highway right-of-way

Dear Industry Partners,

Motor carriers operating under a size/weight permit issued by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) must ensure that their vehicle and load can clear all overhead obstructions along their permitted route. Trees in the right-of-way of Texas’ state-maintained highway system can sometimes create obstacles for over-height loads. When the obstruction is a tree that overhangs the travel lanes of a highway, the carrier must contact the local Texas Department of Transportation District Office for approval to trim the tree so that the the vehicle and load can pass safely.

For a list of TxDOT Districts and contact information, visit

Motor Carrier Division


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