Industry News

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.

TN: Chattanooga Interstate Construction & Oversize Restrictions

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This Spring there will be some major traffic impacts on I-24 and I-75 in Chattanooga, TN taking place over several weeks, and in some cases may limit oversize load travel. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (DOT) released the following info to help detour around closures.    

I-24 Bridge replacement over S. Germantown Rd

The first project is the I-24 Bridge replacement over S. Germantown Rd. The bridge will be replaced using Accelerated Bridge Construction, just like Fast Fix Four in Nashville; however, in Chattanooga there are not too many detour options. I-24 will reduce to two lanes in both directions and using both existing ramps and temporary ramps to detour traffic around the bridge on a local frontage road. Due to the topology, we are expecting major impacts to I-24EB and moderate impacts to I-24WB. Additionally, the detour will be a confined space for traffic as it will only be 11’ lanes with 2’ shoulders. It is recommended for this project that oversized loads, including wide loads, use an alternate route.

I-24 at I-75 interchange modification

The other project is I-24 at I-75 interchange modification. The contractor will be utilizing weekend lane closures to complete concrete repairs on I-75. This will involve closing two lanes on either I-75 NB or I-75 SB, while keeping two lanes open. The contractor is allowed 3 weekends for I-75 NB and 4 weekends for I-75SB. Again, traffic will have limited lane widths and several traffic shifts, especially in the NB direction. There is a possibility of the contractor closing the I-75NB to I-24WB ramp to align I-75 NB is its new alignment. The contractor is trying to figure a way to do this under nighttime lane closures though. This project’s restrictions aren’t as critical, but worth the note, especially for oversize/overweight loads.

Construction Schedule  Through April 2021

ContractRouteStartEnd
DB1801I-75 NB3/19/2021 9PM3/22/2021 6AM
DB1801I-75 NB3/26/2021 9PM3/29/2021 6AM
DB1801I-75 SB4/09/2021 9PM4/12/2021 6AM
CMGC03I-24 Both Directions4/16/2021 9PM4/19/2021 5AM
CMGC03I-24 Both Directions4/23/2021 9PM4/26/2021 5AM
CMGC03 (Contingency for weather)I-24 Both Directions4/30/2021 9PM5/02/2021 5AM

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.