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State Permit Offices Closed Due to Inclement Weather

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Here is a current list of state oversize permit offices that are closed due to the storms for today, Wednesday, February 17, 2021. While state offices are closed, no new oversize load or wide load permits will be processed. Everyone at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is staying in close communication with all states affected by the weather. We will update as we gather more information and updates that come in.

Arkansas 

The Permit Office will be closed on Wednesday, February 17 due to inclement weather. 

Oklahoma 

Effective Tuesday, February 16 and Wednesday, February 17 due to inclement weather the size & weight permit offices will be closed. The Commissioner of Public Safety has declared that due to incoming inclement weather, no movement of permitted loads will be allowed Sunday, February 14th through Wednesday, February 17th, 2021.  

Texas

 The permit office will be closed Wednesday, February 17. 

Oregon

Due to the winter storm over the weekend, some motor carrier services are curtailed today:

  • Our office at Jantzen Beach in Portland is closed due to a power outage. No appointments are allowed.
  • The scale at Woodburn on I-5 south of Portland is currently closed due to a power outage.
  • The Salem Registration Office has limited staff. Carriers should anticipate delays when calling in.
  • The Over-Dimension Permit Office is open, but has a backlog of single-trip permits to work through. Your application will be processed in the order received.

The Commerce and Compliance Division would like to remind carriers of the following during winter conditions:

  • Oregon’s chain law applies to all highways throughout the state. When you drive in winter conditions, you may see signs telling you to carry chains or traction tires and when you are required to use them.
  • Movement of oversize loads is not authorized when conditions are hazardous. It is the driver’s responsibility to determine if local road conditions are hazardous, unless the Department of Transportation has closed or posted signs on the highway displaying restrictions due to weather/road conditions in the area.

Winter Storm Orlena Travel Restrictions

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According to the National Weather Service, a major Nor’easter is expected to last through Tuesday, February 2. The storm will bring strong winds, coastal flooding and heavy snow fall, and travel – especially commercial and oversize travel – are not recommended during the duration of the storm. Several states have trailer and travel bans in place.

Commercial Vehicle Restrictions

The following commercial vehicle restrictions are in place affecting oversize/overweight and wide load travel.

New York

All travel should be avoided as snow fall rates increase to 2 – 3 inches an hour. Road conditions will continue to get worse as snow fall rates increase. Wind gusts could reach 50 mph or more on Long Island, especially eastern Long Island where 60 mph wind gusts could occur, while many places upstate could see up to 40 mph wind gusts. Blowing and drifting snow will likely cause reduced visibilities and treacherous driving conditions in some places.
The Governor has warned that full road closures could be put in place as the storm intensifies. Unless it is absolutely essential, travel should be avoided until the storm passes.

New York Governor Cuomo directed several state agencies to mobilize emergency response resources, read the full news release here.


NYS Department of Transportation NYSDOT has issued a limited hours of service waiver for fuel deliveries in the counties of Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond and Suffolk. The waiver will be in place through February 7, 2021. A copy of the waiver is available here. If you are utilizing the provisions of the waiver it is recommended you carry a copy in your vehicles.
Effective at 5:00 a.m., Monday, February 1an empty trailer and tandem ban will be in place on the following roads:

  • I-84 from Pennsylvania state line to Connecticut state line
  • Route 17, east of Binghamton to New Jersey state line
  • I-684 for the entire length

NYS Thruway Effective at 5:00 a.m., Monday, February 1, the NYS Thruway will implement a tandem ban (short and long) for the following locations:

  • I-87 from NYC Line to Exit 24 (Albany)
  • I-95
  • I-287 Cross Westchester

  An empty trailer truck ban will be effective Monday at 5am for the following locations:

  • I-87 between Exit 8 to Exit 21A and the Berkshire Spur
  • Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge

Port Authority of NY/NJ:

  • The Truck Service Center will be closed on Monday, February 1.
  • All NJMT container terminals and depots will be closed on Monday, February 1 and Tuesday, February 2.
  • George Washington Bridge ban on empty trailers, tandem trailers, motorcycles and house trailers.
  • Bayonne Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing ban on tractor-trailers, motorcycles and house and car-pulled trailers.
  • Goethals Bridge ban on empty tractor-trailers, empty tandem trailers, motorcycles & house trailers.

MTA Bridges and Tunnels:

  • At the Bronx Whitestone, Cross Bay, Marine Parkway, RFK Triborough, Throgs Neck Bridges no Empty tractor trailers/Tandem/Piggyback/dual/ multiple trailers
  • Verrazano-Narrows Bridge both levels both directions between Staten Island Side (Staten Island) and Brooklyn Side (New York) all tractor trailers, motorcycles, step vans, minibuses and any vehicle deemed to a potential safety hazard due to cargo or other factors are not permitted.

Pennsylvania: Updated Information as of Monday, February 1: All Commercial Vehicles banned:

  • I-283: PA Turnpike to I-83
  • I-81: MD Line to NY Line
  • I-83: MD Line to I-81
  • I-78: I-81 to NJ Line
  • I-80: I-99 to NJ Line
  • I-84: I-81 to NY Line
  • I-380: I-80 to I-81
  • I-476 PA Turnpike: Lehigh Valley to Clarks Summit
  • PA 33: I-78 to I-80
  • US 22: I-78 to New Jersey State Line

All Commercial Vehicles banned w/o Chains or ATD Onboard:

  • I-476 PA Turnpike: Pocono to Clarks Summit
  • I-95 PA Turnpike: I-276 to NJ line
  • I-76 PA Turnpike: Breezewood to Harrisburg East
  • I-276 PA Turnpike: Valley Forge to I-95 connector
  • I-476 PA Turnpike: Mid County to Lehigh Valley
  • I-76 PA Turnpike: Carlisle to Valley Forge

Empty Tractor Trailers banned:

  • I-99: PA Turnpike to I-80
  • I-80: I-79 to I-99
  • I-676: I-76 to NJ Line
  • I-295: PA Turnpike to NJ Line
  • I-70: PA Turnpike to MD Line
  • I-76: PA Turnpike to NJ Line
  • I-476: I-95 to Turnpike 476
  • I-95: DE Line to NJ Line
  • I-95 PA Turnpike: I-276 to NJ line
  • I-76 PA Turnpike: Breezewood to Valley Forge
  • I-276 PA Turnpike: Valley Forge to I-95 connector
  • I-476 PA Turnpike: Mid County to Clarks Summit

View Pennsylvania restriction information here.


New Jersey: New Jersey has issued a State of Emergency – all unnecessary travel should be avoided.

As of 12:00 p.m., Sunday, January 31, New Jersey has implemented a full commercial vehicle ban on all interstates and highways. All tractor trailers, empties, passenger vehicles pulling trailers, recreation vehicles and motorcycles are included in the ban.
The restriction does not include the New Jersey Turnpike or the Garden State Parkway.A speed restriction of 35 mph is in place on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.
New Jersey truck parking information is available here.
**New Jersey has exempted government, civilian, or contracted personnel involved with the transportation of medical supplies and/or medications, including but not limited to the COVID-19 vaccines from the tractor trailer ban. A copy of the executive order is available here.


Connecticut:

Connecticut has implemented an empty and tandem tractor trailer ban on all limited access highways.
A full tractor trailer ban remains in place on:

  • I-84

**Vehicles carrying emergency supplies necessary for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, including but not limited to vaccines, testing supplies, or medications are exempt from the ban. A copy of the executive order is available here.


Rhode Island: Rhode Island has implemented a tractor trailer ban beginning at 5:00 a.m., Monday, February 1 on all state highways. A copy of the proclamation is available here.


Massachusetts: As of 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 1, Massachusetts has implemented a travel ban for tractor trailers, tandems, and specially permitted vehicles on all limited access highways.

WisDOT Frozen Roads Declaration Update

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Dispatchers and truck drivers should be aware the Frozen Roads period begins in Zones 3 and 4 in Wisconsin at 12:01 AM on Thursday, January 28, 2021.

The Frozen Roads Declaration was previously in effect in Zones 1 and 2. The Frozen Roads Declaration will be issued for Zone 5 when conditions warrant.  

Zone 1: Extends from the Minnesota border, Lake Superior, and the Michigan border south to and including US Highway 8.

Zone 2: Extends from the southern limit of Zone 1 to and including a line defined by US Highway 10, east on State Highway 73, east on State Highway 54, north on State Highway 22/110, east on State Highway 22 east to Lake Michigan east of Oconto (including Highways 10, 22, 54, 73, and 110).

Zone 3: Extends from the southern limit of Zone 2 to and including a line defined by US Highway 151, east on US Highway 10 to Lake Michigan (including Highways 10 and 151).

Zone 4: Extends from the southern limit of Zone 3 to and including a line defined by I-39/90 starting at the Illinois border, east on I-43, north on State Highway 164, east on State Highway 167 east to Lake Michigan (including Highways 39/90, 43, 164. And 167).

Zone 5: Extends from the southern limit of Zone 4 to the Illinois border and Lake Michigan.   For more information on the frozen roads program including a map of the zones, please visit. https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/com-drv-vehs/mtr-car-trkr/ssnl-wt-rsrctns/frozenroad.aspx Interested in seeing how WisDOT monitors field conditions to verify frost depths, see the following video: https://youtu.be/cGvOoYYKAS0

IN: No Oversize Permits Will be Issued Feb. 1 – 8

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As the Indiana Permit Department prepares to launch its new oversize/overweight permitting system, the department will not accept new oversize load permit applications from Feb. 1 – 8.

The state will stop receiving permit applications on Monday, Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. ET. All oversize, overweight and wide load permit applications must be complete, any incomplete applications will not be moved over to the new system.

Limited services will be available after 4 p.m. on Feb. 1 through Feb. 4 at 4. p.m. for viewing and printing permits but no new oversize/overweight load permit applications will be accepted.

Once the new system is live on Feb. 8, oversize load permit applications will start being accepted and processed.

Emergency Permits

Emergency permits will be issued, subject to approval, for the following reasons:

  • Unexpected equipment failure that will shut down a manufacturing process
  • Train derailment
  • Breakdown or threatened breakdown of electric, gas, water, or telephone public utility facilities
  • In response to a situation that poses an immediate danger to life or health (e.g., a smokestack damaged by high winds is threatening to fall).

WCS Permits Can Help

All of our transportation agents at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars are here to help during the transition. We will work with the state and all customers to get all oversize, overweight or wide load permit submitted before the Feb. 1 deadline. We are also working with Indiana to understand the new system so we will be ready to help apply for and obtain new permits on behalf of our customers in a timely manner on and after Feb. 8.

If you have any questions about our oversize load permit services, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6488 to reach our permit department.

Deadline Approaching for UCR Fee Filing

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The final deadline to file 2021 UCR (Unified Carrier Registration) Fees is fast approaching.

Thursday, December 31, 2020 is the last day to handle 2021 UCR Fees to avoid paying additional fees or penalties, and WCS Permits & Pilot Cars can help you finalize and submit your UCR Fee application.

UCR is a program that requires individuals or companies that operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate or international commerce to register their business with a participating state and pay an annual fee based on the size of their fleet.

WHO IS REQUIRED TO PAY UCR FEES? (If operating interstate commerce in the United States):

  • Motor Carrier of property, both for-hire and private, whether or not they are considered exempt carriers for purposes of federal regulation
  • For-hire passenger Motor Carriers
  • Freight Forwarders
  • Brokers and Leasing companies that lease vehicles without drivers to interstate motor carriers or freight forwarders
  • If the carrier is based out of a state that does not participate in UCR (I.e. Florida), but they are INTERSTATE and cross state lines THEY MUST PAY UCR FEES STILL

WCS has the capability to help you pay those fees quickly and easily. WCS can help with new fees to get your new operation up and running legally, or with past due fees to get you caught up. UCR fees are VERY important and should not be overlooked, as you could face hefty fines, and many states can prevent you from traveling through them.  

Contact a WCS Transportation Consultant now or view the WCS UCR Fees page for more information.

Winter Storm Gail Travel Restrictions

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Winter Storm Gail is expected to bring a widespread swath of heavy wet snow is likely from the central Appalachians and interior Mid-Atlantic into portions of the Northeast and southern New England. Freezing rain and ice are also likely in western North Carolina and southwest Virginia. Travel is not recommended. 

The following states have some specific restrictions effective today – Dec. 16, 2020.

Pennsylvania

Attention Motorists: Due to impending Winter Storm Gail, effective on December 16th, 2020 beginning at 1:00 PM, PennDOT will enact the following Commercial Vehicle Restrictions:

  • No tractors without trailers, tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded enclosed trailers, open trailers or tank trailers, tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded tandem trailers, enclosed cargo delivery trucks that meet the definition of a CMV, passenger vehicles towing trailers, recreational vehicles/motorhomes, school buses, commercial buses and motor coaches, and motorcycles on the following roadways: I-78, I-80 (I-99 to NJ), I-81, I-83, I-84, I-95, I-283, I-295, I-380, I-676, PA-33, I-76 (Breezewood to NJ including the PA Turnpike), I-476 (I-95 to Clark Summit including the PA Turnpike).

New York

  • Empty and Tandem Tractor Trailers Banned on all MTA Bridges and Tunnels Beginning at 4:00 p.m. 
  • Beginning at 5:00 p.m., all empty tractor trailers and tandem vehicles will be banned on Interstate 84 from the Connecticut State Line to the Pennsylvania State Line, on Interstate 684 from Interstate 84 to Interstate 287 and on Route 17 from Interstate 84 to Interstate 81.
  • Beginning at 5:00 p.m., all empty tractor trailers and tandem vehicles will be banned from the Thruway (I-87) south of exit 24 (Albany) to New York City (including the Berkshire Spur, Garden State Parkway extension, New England Thruway and the Cross Westchester Expressway).

New Jersey

  • I-78, from the Pennsylvania border to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
  • I-80, from the Pennsylvania border to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
  • I-195, from I-295 to NJ Route 138
  • I-280, from I-80 to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
  • I-287, from NJ Route 440 to the New York State border
  • I-295, from I-195 to the Scudders Falls Bridge (Pennsylvania border)
  • NJ Route 440, from the Outerbridge Crossing to I-287
  • The commercial vehicle travel restriction applies to:
  • All tractor trailers (exceptions as listed in the Administrative Order)
  • Empty straight CDL-weighted trucks
  • Passenger vehicles pulling trailers
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Motorcycles
  • This restriction DOES NOT apply to:
  • The New Jersey Turnpike
  • The Garden State Parkway
  • The Atlantic City Expressway
  • Public safety vehicles, sworn and civilian public safety personnel; as well as other personnel directly supporting healthcare facilities or critical infrastructure such as providing fuel or food. For a complete list of operations or personnel that are exempt from the travel ban, see the Administrative Order.

Massachusetts

  • Beginning at 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 16, Massachusetts is implementing a tractor trailer and tandem ban on all limited access highways in the state.

Rhode Island

  • Beginning at 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 16, Massachusetts is implementing a tractor trailer and tandem ban on all limited access highways in the state.

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is working with all state DOT’s to keep everyone as informed as possible on winter weather travel restrictions. Please check back here for updates.

Wisconsin to Launch New Permit System This Month

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Wisconsin will launch a new permit system on Thursday, Nov. 12, upgrading their 16-year current permitting system.

The new web application is used by carriers, services and processors, and the superload routing system has been upgraded to a more modern, user-friendly system.

What’s new with routing:

  • Java no longer needed for routing page.
  • Compatible with browsers: Chrome (recommended), Edge, Internet Explorer and Firefox.
  • Detailed clearance reports of your analyzed routes now available
  • Save and reuse Trips

What’s new in applications:

  • Added ten additional permit types for online application including:
  • AC – Grain, Coal, Iron Ore Concentrates & Alloyed Iron
  • AG – Garbage, Refuse and Recyclable Scrap
  • FMP – Fluid Milk Products
  • MI – Michigan Border
  • Save and Copy Applications
  • Carriers and Services now add and maintain their own users
  • Permit Services can now submit new accounts within the system
  • Additional permit and financial reports available
  • My Vehicles allows you to add Vehicles and maintain vehicles

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits is working with the state to understand the new system to continue to process permits for our customers in a timely manner.

State of Nevada Closed 10/30, No Travel Restrictions

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The state of Nevada’s Commercial Vehicle Permits Office will be closed on Friday, Oct. 30 in observance of Nevada Day. No oversize/overweight permits will be issued on that day and office staff will not be available to answer any permit related questions or to begin processing new applications.

The state office will resume normal business hours Monday, November 2.  

No oversize/overweight travel restrictions are listed on Nevada’s holiday oversize travel restrictions page. It is only noted that the permit office will be closed. 

Most of the state’s government departments and agencies will be closed to observe Nevada Day, which commemorates the state’s entry into the Union as the 36th state on October 31, 1864. Every year Nevada Day is celebrated on the last Friday in October. 

In the state’s capital, Carson City, there will be a parade and other family-oriented festivities. 

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars works closely with state DOTs to be aware of any travel restrictions, closures or permit delays on special holidays.

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! If you have any questions, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to reach our customer service department. One of our experienced transportation agents can help you with any needs and questions that you may have or direct you to the expert who can.

Ohio DOT Adds New Permit System Functionality

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Ohio Department of Transportation will soon be adding new functionality to the Ohio Hauling Permit System (OHPS).

This new functionality will be specific to loads greater than 225,000 lbs. for a trial period and later will encompass all overweight loads in Ohio. This functionality should increase the speed of issuing permits and will also provide some new self-issue abilities for certain vehicles.

The system will go live for the reusable bridge studies on 10/06/2020 at 4:30 pm

Here are some more specifics and benefits of the updates:

  • Bridge study IDs are for loads weighing 225,000 lbs. or more (will have for loads weighing less soon)
  • Permits will self issue with a valid Bridge Study ID and will not require office review
  • Bridge Study IDs are valid for 30 days, you may use up to and including the 30th day. (expiration date of the permit does not matter)
  • Bridge Study IDs can only be used if the following apply: Same company name, same route, same weights, spacings and overall length. Width and height can be the same or less than what was approved originally.

WCS Permits will continue to communicate with the state of Ohio to fully understand the benefits of the new system with the hopes of improving permit turnaround for customers.

Hurricane Sally Hours Regs Suspended, I-10 Closure

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As a result of Hurricane Sally, a Cat 2 hurricane that hit the Gulf Shores Wednesday, the FMCSA has suspended hours regs for relief haulers along the Gulf Coast and a portion of Interstate 10 at the Alabama/Florida line is closed.

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has shut down Interstate 10 from the Alabama-Florida border to the Escambia Bay Bridge in Florida.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a regional emergency declaration for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi, allowing carriers providing emergency relief in the affected areas to waive the hours of service regulations.

The waiver applies to carriers providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts transporting supplies, goods, equipment and fuel.

The agency also waived Temporary Operating Authority Registration fee for carriers requesting temporary authority to provide direct assistance to emergency relief efforts.

The storm has brought heavy rainfall and according to the National Hurricane Center, Sally is now a tropical depression, but it’s bringing new flood threats to Georgia and South Carolina Thursday. Widespread flash flooding is expected.

Additional Road Closures

FDOT also announced late Wednesday night that Garcon Point Bridge in Santa Rosa County will remain closed until further notice to give inspectors the opportunity to assess damage to the structure caused by Hurricane Sally.

The closure is in addition to the Pensacola Bay Bridge, which will remain closed for at least the next 30 to 60 days to repair damage.