The state of Nebraska and surrounding states issued alerts, warning about oversize load travel restrictions during the upcoming Solar Eclipse.
Nebraska Solar Eclipse Oversize Load Travel Restrictions

On Monday, August 21, 2017, the path of a total solar eclipse will cross diagonally over the entire length of he state of Nebraska, resulting in a 90 percent solar eclipse, which means 90 percent of the sun ill be hidden from view, casting a large shadow over the state.

According to the state advisory, and as a result, oversize loads will not be able to travel from sundown on Friday, August 18 until sunrise on Tuesday, August 22.

Safe travel concerns and the number of visitors traveling along the eclipse’s path were reason for the restrictions.

There are a number of states with oversize and superload travel restrictions and limited travel before and after the solar eclipse, which include the following:

Idaho

No oversize load travel from sunrise on Friday, August 18 until Sunset Tuesday, August 22. if over width.

Wyoming

No oversize load travel from 6 a.m. Sunday, August 20 until 9 p.m. Tuesday, August 22. The restriction applies to all permits.

Montana

No restrictions

Iowa

No restrictions

Kansas

No restrictions

Missouri

Only superloads will be restricted during the eclipse in Missouri. There is no superload movement from Saturday, August 19 until Tuesday, August 22. No restrictions will be implemented for routine permits.

Oregon

No travel if over-width from noon Aug. 18 through Aug. 21, normal travel resumes Aug. 22

Kentucky

No restrictions

Tennessee

No restrictions

Georgia

No restrictions

North Carolina

No restrictions

South Carolina

No rest allowed

 

 

 

The Missouri River bridge in Decatur, Nebraska will be closed to all traffic – including oversize loads – for 28 days, from August 14 to September 11 for $7.7. million in maintenance work. Missouri River Bridge at Decatur to Close for 28 Days

The detour is 74 miles, and it is advised to plan ahead. Officials estimate the detour can take over an hour. Carriers, drivers and oversize load dispatchers are advised to plan ahead.

Although access for local traffic will be maintained by flagging and temporary signage, oversize loads would typically not have room to fit within the one lane along the detour.

The Missouri River Bridge links Decatur, Nebraska to Onawa, Iowa. The 60-year-old bridge will gain 20 – 30 years of life span after repairs have been completed. Both states will share the costs.

During the bridge crossing closure, local traffic would have access on both N-51 and I-175, but the bridge crossing would not be accessible.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation does state, prior arrangements for oversize load travel could be made by contacting the District 3 Office at (402) 370-3470, although no additional information is available at this time.

The closure is planned for August and September at an attempt to avoid disrupting harvest season.

For more information, visit the NE DOT website.

According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation overweight and over-dimensional permit division, the three hour and afternoon TN: Oversize Load Curfew Changescurfews for oversize permit loads of most sizes has been eliminated, and the curfews for the largest loads have been reduced to two hours.

The memo released for the DOT’s permit division on June 7 says effective immediately, loads less than 12’6” wide, 15’ high, or 90’ long are no longer restricted by daytime curfews in Tennessee. Loads over these dimensions are prohibited from moving from 7 – 9 a.m. and 4 – 6 p.m. in the following counties: Davidson, Hamilton, Shelby, Know, and Rutherford.

Mobile homes, site-built houses, and houseboats will continue to be limited by curfew travel restrictions regardless of dimension.

The full memo can be viewed here.

Due to short staffing in the state of Virginia oversize permit office there are delays in issuing oversize load permits. VA Permit Office Experiencing Delays

Currently, only one person is working to issue single trip permits in the Virginia permit office today; Friday, June 9.  Please be sure to inform everyone in your company and networks so that they know to expects delays.

WCS Permits’ transportation consultants are working with the state and we expect the permit department to be fully staffed and operating as normal Monday.

Effective June 1, 2017, according to Randy Braden of the Alabama Department of Transportation, the state of Alabama adopted three new rules in an effort to bring the state into 100% compliance with the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) permit harmonization resolutions Phase I-II.

The recent changes were made to Alabama DOT’s Section 450-3-1-0.5 (Escort Requirements). Changes included the following:

  • Reduced previous required 2 pilot escorts to 1 for all OS/OW loads 12 to 14 feet wide.
  • Increased minimum length requirement for pilot escort from 85 to 90 feet overall load length.
  • Following the state implementation, the new Pilot Certification/Training requirement, Alabama will provide direction to offer reciprocity with other state pilot certification programs.

Braden also serves as Chair of AASHTO’s Permit Harmonization committee where he has demonstrated outstanding leadership in moving Permit Harmonization Resolution’s Phase I-II to adoption and encouraging states to follow the recommendations.

For a full list of Alabama and all state permitting rules and regulations subscribe to the Oversize Load Assistant. 

The state of Alabama is observing Jefferson Davis’ birthday on Monday, June 5. Most of the state offices will be closed including the department of transportation permit division. Alabama Permit Office Closed for Jefferson Davis Birthday

No oversize load permits will be issued. Any permits needed for that state will be applied for on Tuesday, June 6.

Although the oversize load permit office is closed, there are no oversize travel restrictions.

Alabama has an official state holiday, celebrated this year on June 5, for the birthday of the president of the Confederacy. It is one of three state holidays honoring Confederate figures.

During the month of May, some DOT state oversize load offices will be closed for some specific holidays, which may affect oversize load travel. May Holiday Oversize Load Travel Restrictions & Closures

Missouri – Monday, May 8 – Closed for Truman Day
While the Missouri state DOT office is closed in observance of Truman Day, there are no oversize load travel restrictions at this time.

South Carolina – Wednesday, May 10 – Closed for Confederate Memorial Day
The state of South Carolina DOT oversize load division is closed for Confederate Memorial Day, although no specific size or weight oversize load travel restrictions apply.

Minnesota – Friday, May 12 through Sunday, May 14 – Fishing Opener – DOT Open, Oversize Travel Restrictions Apply
The Minnesota Fishing weekend opener is always a big event for the state, so big that big travel is restricted. All oversize/overweight travel is only allowed on Friday, May 12 from 2 PM until 2 AM on Saturday, May 13, and on 2 PM on Sunday, May 14 from 2 PM until 2 AM on Monday, May 15.

 

Good Friday Holiday Closures in effect for Friday, April 14 are now live on our parent company’s website.

In addition to state DOT office closures and oversize load travel restrictions for Good Friday, some states have some upcoming holidays including Confederate Memorial Day and Patriot’s Day.

For a full list of Good Friday closures and any restrictions by state, click here.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation has published an update to MV 2605.

These conditions are applicable to all single trip permits and are required to be carried at all times along with the permit.

While most changes were in formatting, included are some updates to include conditions commonly placed on all permits.

A brief summary of “significant” changes is below.

  • Defined official publication methods of permit suspension and other updates in Number 5.
  • Added Number 8 which requires that the carriers must survey, identify and mitigate any route obstructions prior to move.
  • Consolidated and reformatted the times of operation into Number 25.

A new section with info on permit attachments/accompaniments, organized by state, has been added to the oversize load New Section on Permit Attachments Added to OSLAassistant. Subscribers can now view and download state, county and city permit accompaniments by searching by agency or category.

Some states only have state accompaniments, while others have many city and county accompaniments. States that have no state or city/county attachment will simply state, “no attachment required.”

The Oversize Load Assistant is committed to keeping the oversize load permit regulation information the most up-to-date.

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