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MLK DOT Office Closures & Travel Restrictions

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WCS Permits published DOT offices closures by state and travel restrictions for the upcoming Martin Luther King Day Holiday.

On Monday, January 21, 2013 some offices will close and others will implement travel restrictions during certain times and for certain oversize loads.

Get all the details here. Don’t forget to check holiday restrictions on all state blankets or annual permits.

 

 

Christmas & New Year’s Day Holiday Closures

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WCS has posted DOT office closure & travel restrictions for the upcoming holidays.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012 (Christmas Day) and Tuesday, January 1, 2013 (New Year’s Day) office closures and restrictions by state are posted live on the site.

Drivers and companies should always check holiday restrictions on all state blankets and annual permits.

Hurricane Sandy affects East Coast trucking

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Hurricane Sandy is headed for landfall today on the East Coast.

Over 15 states, including Ohio and New York will have changes to their regular transportation routine today and into the week depending on storm aftermath such as flooding and down trees.

Roads, highways and expressways already have storm-related closures, according to the New York State Department of Transportation, some even manned with police roadblocks.

State’s DOT offices will continue to post and receive updates on storm closures and restrictions. Some DOT offices will publish live storm and closure updates on their website.

WCS is working closely with DOT offices to keep informed of the closures. Follow WCS on Twitter, @wcspermits, for frequent updates.

 

 

Computers down at Caltrans Permit Department

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The Caltrans office of truck services which issues transportation permits has been down since early last week.

According to Caltrans, a fiber optics line was cut and at this time do not have an estimated time of when the problem will be corrected.

WCS Permits is communicating regularly with the Caltrans office so customer’s permits can continue to be processed as soon as their computers are back up.

In the meantime, expect delays.

For more information, call WCS Permits at (888) 737-6488.

No Travel on St. Jean Baptiste Day

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The Quebec transportation office will be closed on Monday, 6/25 for St. Jean Baptiste Day. There will be no travel allowed either.

Business and travel will resume Tuesday, 6/26.

Closures in Minnesota due to flooding

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Due to record breaking rainfall in the Duluth-Superior area, roadways are seriously damaged in Wisconsin resulting in several closures closures.

The state has closed US-2 and US-53 at the MN/WI Line, as well as Wisconsin Highway 13 in Douglas County.

Wisconsin Highway 105 has been re-opened, but oversize/overweight travel is not advised.

Minnesota and Wisconsin will permit and/or authorize vehicles traveling into the flooded areas to assist in relief and repair.

STAY TUNED FOR STATUS UPDATES.

Highway 75 bridge construction affects oversize permit restrictions

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Monday, June 4 marks the beginning of construction to replace a bridge barrier on Highway 75, two miles south of Highway 7 in Montevideo, MN.

Oversize permit restrictions will be reduced from 12 to 11 feet as a result of the construction, and traffic will be reduced to a single lane, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Thruway Toll increase opposed by many

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The New York State Thruway Authority proposed a toll rate increase of 45% for all commercial trucks, including oversize and/or overweight loads.

Commercial truckers and business owners are opposing the proposed hike, as are New York local and state politicians.

NY State Assemblyman, John Ceretto says the hike may push truckers away.

The proposed increase is still in talks, and the Thruway Authority plans to hold hearings to discuss. At this point, there is no timeline as to when the increase would come into play if it was passed.

Commercial truck drivers and business owners are expected to share their concerns at these public hearings.

Oversize load restrictions during Chicago NATO Summit

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Due to the NATO Summit being held in Chicago, all oversize and overweight loads are prohibited on the following expressway and ramps effective May 18 through 22:

      • All roadways from Damen Ave East to Lake Michigan and from 39th Street North to IL-64 (North Ave)
      • 1-90 Chicago: (Kennedy Expressway) I-90 to IL-64 (North Ave)
      • I-94 Chicago: (Kennedy Expressway) I-90 (West Junction) to IL-64
      • I-190 Chicago O’Hare to I-90 (Kennedy Expressway)

The summit will take place in Chicago May 20-21 and will be hosted by President Barack Obama.

“Notify Chicago,” a service provided by the city of Chicago to notify residents via recorded telephone messages, text messages and/or email alerts on various emergency and non-emergency situations, will be utilized this weekend to further inform the public of traffic delays.

For more information, please visit www.dot.state.il.us.

Permitless truckers cause overpass crash

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A trucker, traveling without oversize permits hit an overpass in Bismarck, North Dakota yesterday on the I-94.

According to North Dakota Highway Patrol, a caravan of three oil field trucks were traveling to Kansas when the first truck hit the 80th Street Overpass just after getting on the I-94 at exit 160.

All three trucks were 16’2″ high and the overpass clearance was 16’1″.

The highway patrol also confirmed none of the drivers had the proper permits, which would have led to them being rerouted to a different highway. They may also be responsible for the overpass damages.