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ODOT Special Blanket Permit

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A special blanket permit is now available in the state of Ohio so loads up to 90.000 pounds can move essential goods for necessary relief without applying for an oversize load permit from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). 

The following notice from ODOT was issued regarding this exception which is part of a program referred to as “Operation Open Roads.” 

Notice

While waiting for the federal government to act, Governor DeWine is taking immediate action within his authority to remove supply chain hurdles and ease the movement of freight by directing the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to accelerate the process that shipping companies must use to move oversize loads across the state. Currently, trucks hauling loads greater than 80,000 pounds require a special ODOT hauling permit before the shipment is permitted to travel. To get goods on the road quicker, Governor DeWine has directed ODOT to reinstitute a pandemic-era program that allowed haulers to move heavier loads, up to 90,000 pounds, without getting pre-approval as long as they agree to report where they traveled after the trip is complete.

The blanket permit applies to travel on roads and bridges maintained by the Ohio Department of Transportation (Interstate, U.S. and State Routes. Hauler loads may not exceed a maximum of 90,000 pounds gross vehicle weight and must comply with all posted bridge weight and height restrictions. Loads exceeding 90,000 pounds gross vehicle weight MUST contact the ODOT Special Hauling Permits main office line at 614-351-2300 during normal business hours (7:30am-4:30pm Monday through Friday).

Haulers can download and print the:  Operation Open Roads Special Blanket Permit PDF and must travel with a copy of it, and a:  Standard Limitations/Provisions On The Use Of A Special Hauling Permit: FORM OS-1A – Rev. 1/18

Report any use of this permit within 24 hours after any trips using the Emergency Moves Report Form

WCS Permits Can Help

If you need assistance in reporting your form to the state, WCS can help. WCS Permits has over 65 permit agents on staff ready to help.

We can also help with oversize/overweight load permits, wide load permits, superload permits, trip & fuel permits, UCR fees, DOT numbers and more. Additionally, WCS manufacturers oversize load and truck safety equipment for purchase online or via phone sales.
 
For more information, contact WCS Permits today. 

I-70 Reconstruction through Zanesville, OH

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The following information has been provided by the Ohio Department of Transportation (DOT) on the Zanesville/Muskingum County reconstruction project expected to last through Fall 2027, which will impact oversize load travel. 

About the project

This project will reconstruct I-70 though the city of Zanesville and resurface I-70 between U.S. 40 and State Route 93. Full reconstruction will begin west of the Licking Road overpass, including the Maple Avenue ramps and Maple Avenue at the end of the ramps, and end east of the abandoned railroad overpass. The project also impacts 16 bridges within the project limits.

Overview

The project will be constructed in four phases which will take more than 6 years to complete. The estimated completion of this project is October 2027. For the entirety of the project, two lanes will be maintained on I-70 during the daytime, with overnight lane restrictions. During Phase 1 of construction, temporary pavement will be constructed to widen the outside shoulders in both the eastbound and westbound direction.  Widened shoulders will be used to allow traffic to run on during all phases of construction. Once shoulder widening and traffic operations improvements are completed, both eastbound and westbound traffic along I-70 will be pushed to the outside so that reconstruction work can begin in the median and along the two adjacent lanes (one eastbound lane, one westbound lane). During all phases of construction, motorists can expect various ramp closures within the project limits, however, some point of access will always be maintained for on and off access in both the I-70 EB and WB directions. During all phases of construction, some form of access will be maintained for motorists traveling from south Zanesville to north Zanesville and vice versa. All phasing is based on current design plans but are subject to change based on contractor innovation and scheduling.

Current Traffic Impacts

  • Nightly lane closures continue. Work hours will are 9:00pm to 6:00am.
  • I-70 WB is currently in its phase one construction configuration. The 6th Street on-ramp to I-70 WB is also closed and will remain closed during phases 1, 2, and 3 construction, which is approximately 5.5 years (through Summer 2027). Motorists wanting to access I-70 WB should use the on-ramp at State Street.
  • Currently the I-70 WB off-ramp to Underwood Street is expected to re-open around Friday, December 3. The Underwood Street ramp to I-70 EB is open to traffic.
  • The Maple Ave flyover ramp to I-70 EB is now closed and I-70 EB is in its phase one traffic configuration. The Maple Ave ramp to I-70 EB will be closed for all of phase 1 and 2 construction, which will last approximately 4 years (through Fall 2025). The posted detour for the Maple Ave flyover is Adair Ave (SR 60) to Underwood Street to I-70 EB.
  • The reason for the 5.5 year ramp closure of 6th Street on ramp to I-70 WB and the 4 year closure of the Maple Ave ramp to I-70 EB is due to the extensive work being done on the bridge over the Muskingum River. If you look at the graphic here, it shows the traffic switches for each phase of construction. During phase one, two lanes of I-70 will be maintained in each direction on the outer portion of I-70. It would be unsafe to keep the 6th street ramp and the Maple Ave ramp open due to lack of merge space for traffic attempting to access I-70.
I-70 Reconstruction Detours

What to Expect

July 2021 – October 2021

  • Initial work is overnight work to build temporary pavement on the shoulder, which will be used to maintain traffic during construction.
  • In August, the ramp from I-70 west to Underwood St. and the ramp from Underwood St. to I-70 east will close for reconstruction.

October 2021 – Summer 2023

  • Both directions of I-70 traffic will be shifted to the outside so the contractor can work in the median and lanes adjacent to the median.
  • The State St. bridge over I-70 will close in Spring 2022
  • The ramp from 6th Street to I-70 west will close in October for approximately 5.5 years (phases 1, 2, and 3 of construction).
  • The ramp from southbound Maple Ave. to I-70 east will close for on November 15 for approximately 4 years (phase 1 and 2 of construction).
  • Maintenance of traffic adjustments to Underwood St.
  • Temporary closures of 5th, 6th, and 7th St. under I-70 will occur for 45-60 days each.

Summer 2023 – Fall 2025

  • One lane of eastbound traffic will be shifted to the westbound side to allow the contractor to work on the outside lanes of I-70 east.
  • The following ramps will be reconstructed: Entrance ramp from State St. to I-70 east and exit ramps from I-70 east to State St., 5th St., 7th St. All closures will not occur at the same time.
  • The ramp from Maple Ave. to I-70 east will remain closed.
  • The 6th Street ramp to I-70 west will remain closed.
  • Temporary closures of 5th, 6th, and 7th St. under I-70 will occur for 45-60 days each.

Fall 2025 – Summer 2027

  • One lane of westbound traffic will be shifted to the eastbound side to allow the contractor to work on the outside lanes of I-70 west.
  • The following ramps will be reconstructed: Entrance ramps from State St. and 6th St. to I-70 west and exit ramps from I-70 west to State St. and Maple Ave. All closures will not occur at the same time.
  • The 6th Street ramp to I-70 west will remain closed.
  • Temporary closures of 5th, 6th, and 7th St. under I-70 will occur for 45-60 days each.

Summer 2027- Fall 2027

  • Overnight lane closures to complete the final paving and striping.

PA Turnpike: Special Hauling Permit Changes

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In November, the PA Turnpike will launch a new www.paturnpike.com website with a different look and feel, but will be offline for up to 60 hours during the transition. 

Trucking and permit companies, like WCS Permits, that use the Special Hauling Permit system for overweight/over-dimensional vehicles should be aware that the system will be offline for roughly 48 to 60 hours during an upcoming November weekend as we transition to the new platform. While the specific weekend has not yet been finalized, we’re asking carriers to plan for the interruption — do not delay your permit application. 

Avoid attempting system logins on weekends beginning Nov. 12 and possibly subsequent weekends.  You will be alerted to the specific timing of this change next week. Please note, there will be no changes to the actual permit requirements or fees. You will be able to use the same login credentials to access your account, and all your historical data will be available in the new permit system. Additional information will be coming soon.

While the new, customer-driven site may have a different look, all the information you rely on will still be here. In fact, the new paturnpike.com will make it easier to find what you need no matter how you browse the web.

WCS Permits is working close with the PA Turnpike on these updates and can advise customers on any updates. 

Madison, WI: Major Closure of I-39/90 Scheduled

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Truck drivers are being urged to plan ahead, use alternate routes and allow extra time as a major closure is planned in Madison, WI.

Starting at 2 a.m. Tuesday, November 2, the southbound Interstate 39/90 ramp to westbound US 12/18 (Beltline) in Madison will be closed to all traffic until 5 a.m. Wednesday, November 3. In addition, significant backups are expected along I-39/90 southbound as the Interstate will be reduced to two lanes for 4 miles between the I-94 and Beltline interchanges. Drivers are urged to plan ahead and allow additional travel time through the area.

During the 27-hour ramp closure, motorists,  including truck drivers hauling oversize loads, must use alternate routes via US 51/Stoughton Road to access US 12/18 (Beltline) – options are listed below. Drivers should anticipate delays on Stoughton Road due to the traffic diversion.

  • Exit 132 north of Madison to travel south on US 51.
  • Exit 135 A to US 151 south (East Washington Avenue) to US 51/Stoughton Road.
  • Exit 138 B for WIS 30 to US 51/Stoughton Road.

The signed detour route will follow I-39/90 southbound to the County N interchange (Exit 147) to turn around and travel north to the I-39/90 northbound ramp to westbound US 12/18.

Crews will complete concrete paving operations along I-39/90 southbound near the Beltline interchange. The ramp closure will allow crews to expedite the current stage of construction without jeopardizing safety for the traveling public. The accelerated paving operations will provide a safer work zone and result in an earlier opening for three lanes on I-39/90 southbound through the Beltline interchange. Reconstruction work at the I-39/90 and Beltline interchange is scheduled for completion in mid-November. The public can register for weekly email construction updates on the I-39/90 Project website at i39-90.wi.gov or follow the project on Facebook at Facebook.com/WisconsinI3990Project.

All work activities, lane and ramp closures are weather dependent and subject to change. The backup dates would be Wednesday, November 3 or Thursday, November 4.

WI: Oversize Permit Travel Restrictions

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Wisconsin is hosting an international golf event in Kohler that will increase traffic and limit some oversize permit travel in the area from Friday, Sept. 17 to Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will limit permitting for oversize traffic on certain roadways during the 2021 Ryder Cup. The event restrictions will affect both single trip and annual/multi trip permits.

These restrictions will provide curfew periods. OSOW drivers are required to check the state 511 system (at 511wi.gov) prior to departure for the latest traffic/route updates. Look for the “Trucker Information” tab, where you can add various map layers regarding parking, restrictions, and special events.

OSOW Movement Plan during 2021 Ryder Cup Golf Event Friday, September 17 – Sunday, September 26 Ryder Cup restricted highways for all over dimensional loads – Loads that are legal dimension but require an overweight permit are not included in these curfews or restrictions, however drivers must check the state 511 system for latest traffic and restriction updates.

  • Manitowoc County: I-43 and STH 42 south of Manitowoc County XX/North Avenue
  • Sheboygan County: I-43, STH 23, STH 32, STH 42 and STH 57
  • Ozaukee County: I-43, STH 57
  • Milwaukee County: I-43

Ryder Cup Restricted hours of operation for all over dimensional loads – Loads that are legal dimension but require an overweight permit are not included in these curfews or restrictions however drivers must check the state 511 system for latest traffic and restriction updates. We ask that all drivers plan for delays and consider alternative routes as spectators make their way to and from the course.

  • 4:00 am to 8:00 am daily for the entire event
  • 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for the entire event
  • 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for the entire event

I-16 Closed in Both Directions from Exit 71 to Exit 78

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Interstate 16 in Treulten County in Soperton, Georgia is shut down in both directions from Exit 71 to Exit 78 due to a large dump trailer hitting the SR 86 bridge and shifting it nearly six feet. Georgia DOT engineers and contractors are on-site evaluating the situation. There is currently no timeframe for when the closure will be removed and travel lanes will reopen, although some GA DOT officials say it may be as soon as Monday. Oversize load traffic is encouraged to take one of the following detours.

Westbound Detour

Take Exit 78 – Turn right onto Highway 221 North, left on US 80 West, go through town of Adrian, left onto State Route 15, re-enter I-16 at Exit 71.

Eastbound Detour

Take Exit 71 – Turn right onto Highway 15 through Soperton, left onto State Route 46, left onto State Route 56, re-enter I-16 at Exit 78.  WCS Permits is staying in touch with GA DOT to stay up-to-date on updates and will be re-routing customers obtaining oversize load permits to travel through the area. 

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits & Pilot cars works directly with all state DOT permit offices to stay up-to-date on interstate closures, oversize travel restrictions and more. We can also help with oversize/overweight load permits, wide load permits, superload permits, trip & fuel permits, UCR fees, DOT numbers and more. Additionally, WCS manufacturers oversize load and truck safety equipment for purchase online or via phone sales.

 
For more information, contact WCS Permits today and one of our over 65 oversize load permit agents nationwide will assist you.

Missouri announces several changes to the OSOW permit rule

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On May 30, 2021, an update to the rule which governs the movement of oversize/overweight loads goes into effect in the state of Missouri. 

As required by a law that passed in 2018, Missouri will allow cranes with up to four axles to move under either a single-trip permit or a blanket-permit. The blanket permit fee is $300 per year.

Other changes include:

  • Allowing single trip oversize permits of loads 10’6” wide and less at night, with escorts.
  • Expanding the maximum width allowed by a blanket permit from 12’4” to 12’6”.*
  • Changes to escort requirements.
  • Expands the threshold for daytime escorts for width from 12’4” to 12’6”.
  • New, less restrictive requirements for loads wider than 12’6”.
  • New, less restrictive requirements for loads greater than 160,000 pounds.
  • Additional 8- and 9-axle configurations and clarification of axle language for 10-, 11- and 12-axle configurations.
  • A statement allowing permit fees to be waived by the MoDOT Motor Carrier Services director in times of emergency.
  • Additional language to clarify the live-load analysis performed by MoDOT Carrier Express.
  • Clarification of the holiday restriction period for the occasions when Christmas and New Year’s Day occur on a Friday.

An electronic version of the new rule is available at www.modot.org/osow

I-40 Bridge at TN/AR Line Closed Due to Crack

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The I-40 bridge, also known as the Hernando DeSoto “M” bridge, at the Tennessee/Arkansas border which crosses over the Mississippi River will be closed due to a crack in the structure.

The crack was discovered on Monday, May 10 after suffering collision damage. 

The Tennessee DOT and Arkansas DOT share responsibility of the bridge and are working with contract crews to mitigate repairs. It is unknown at this time how long repairs will take to complete. 

All traffic is being re-routed to I-55. 

The TN DOT Bridge Inspection and Repair Office released a repair report and statement. The report notes repairs needed to beams and concrete. The bridge will be thoroughly inspected after repairs are completed, before it is reopened to travel. 

Michigan Spring Weight Restrictions

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Effective Monday, April 12, 2021, 6 a.m., weight restrictions will be lifted on all Michigan state trunkline highways from the southern Michigan border north to and including US-2/US-141 at the Menominee River bridge west of Iron Mountain, then east on US-2 to St. Ignace.

Frost restrictions are still in effect for the remainder of the state and will be imposed and enforced on all state trunkline highways north of US-2 and M-185 on Mackinac Island. State trunk line highways typically carry M, I or US designations. 

Weight Restriction information and updates may be obtained by calling 1-800-787-8960. For companies located in Canada or New Jersey, information may be obtained by calling 517-335-0023.  On routes designated as “All Season Routes” (green & gold on the MDOT Truck Operators Map), there will be no reduction in legal axle weight. On routes designated as “Seasonal” (solid or dashed red on the MDOT Truck Operators Map), there will be a reduction of 25% for rigid pavements and 35% for flexible pavements.

Extended permits will be valid for oversize loads only in the weight restricted area. Single oversize load permits will not be issued for loads exceeding 14 feet in width, 11 axles and 150 feet in overall length in the weight restricted area.  Detailed weight restriction information may be obtained by linking to www.michigan.gov/truckers Please refer to MDOT Truck Operators Map for route designations.

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits & Pilot cars works directly with all state DOT permit offices to stay up-to-date on winter and spring load limits, oversize load travel restrictions and more. We can also help with oversize/overweight load permits, wide load permits, superload permits, trip & fuel permits, UCR fees, DOT numbers and more. Additionally, WCS manufacturers oversize load and truck safety equipment for purchase online or via phone sales.

 
For more information, contact WCS Permits today and one of our over 65 oversize load permit agents nationwide will assist you.

Wisconsin Spring Weight Restrictions

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Spring Weight Restrictions will be lifted in zones 3, 4 and 5 in Wisconsin for oversize load travel effective 12:01 a.m. Thursday, April 8, 2021. Restrictions remain in place in zones 1 and 2.  

For more information on the Weight restriction programs, please visit.

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits & Pilot cars works directly with all state DOT permit offices to stay up-to-date on winter and spring load limits, oversize travel restrictions and more. We can also help with oversize/overweight load permits, wide load permits, superload permits, trip & fuel permits, UCR fees, DOT numbers and more. Additionally, WCS manufacturers oversize load and truck safety equipment for purchase online or via phone sales.

 
For more information, contact WCS Permits today and one of our over 65 oversize load permit agents nationwide will assist you.