The Ohio River “Cairo” Bridge will shut down for at least 30 days starting the week of August 3-9, which will result in an 82-mile detour for truck drivers traveling through Kentucky.

The bridge carries U.S. 51, U.S. 60, and U.S. 62 traffic across the Ohio River between Wickliffe, Kentucky, and Cairo, Illinois, at U.S. 51 Kentucky mile point 7.372, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC).

Crews will be making repairs to a 2-mile section of the Kentucky approach and to the bridge deck.

“By closing the bridge for 30 days,” said KYTC District 1 Chief Engineer Kyle Poat, “we speed up the construction process so we can get the bridge back to near-normal traffic flow sooner rather than later. Some of the options included overnight and weekend closures. Those options created numerous side issues for cross-country travelers, area businesses, truckers, and our daily commuters. The additional construction time would have extended the impact to traffic by 12 weeks.”

Approximately 7,000 vehicles cross the bridge each day. Thirty-five percent of those vehicles are trucks.

Effective 6:00 a.m. Friday, May 8, 2020, weight restrictions will be lifted on all state trunkline highways within the entire state of Michigan. 

This spring weight restriction update does not alter or affect the direction given in Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-44 (COVID-19).

Weight Restrictions are implemented during the spring frost thaw period and are now completed for the 2020 season. The anticipated timeframe for Spring Weight Restrictions is February through May. Specific dates will be determined by weather and road conditions and posted again when the 2021 season begins. 

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WCS Permits works closely with all states to stay up-to-date on industry-related changes and news, including permit issuance changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. WCS has a full staff, including 65 permit agents ready to answer questions and issue oversize load permits.

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.

An Injunction was recently upheld by a federal appeals court regarding California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) independent contractor law.

The court denied an effort to temporarily lift a preliminary injunction issued in January against the trucking component of a California law that would restrict how independent workers can be classified by companies.

The law could potentially remove opportunities for drivers to own their own businesses and work as independent owner-operators in the state, as it would reclassify independent contractors as employees.

The order, filed on March 30 in the U.S. Court of Appeals, denied a motion filed by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters that sought a stay of the lower court’s injunction, and also said it will fast-track oral arguments on a request for review of that decision filed by the Teamsters and California Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

The ruling ties back to a lawsuit filed by the California Trucking Association (CTA) that challenges AB 5, and now opens the doors for the appeals court to hear oral arguments as soon as early July, according to lawyers representing the CTA.

In January, a San Diego judge issued a preliminary injunction against the trucking component in California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB5). The legislation would have reclassified tens of thousands of independent contractors as employees. The same judge had previously issued a temporary restraining order against the law, which was challenged by the CTA last year.

For more information about the appeals court denial, please click here.

In an effort to assist in the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ohio Department of Transportation has approved a special blanket permit for haulers carrying heavy or oversized loads of food, non-alcoholic beverages, medical supplies, cleaning products, and other household goods. 

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 special permit here. They must travel with a copy of it and a copy of Form OS-1A.

The hauler is also required, within 24 hours after the trip is completed, to report back to the department where they travel and how much weight they carried using the Emergency Moves Report Form.

The Department will use this information to monitor road and bridge conditions along the routes traveled by the heavyweight vehicles.

This process is in place as long as the COVID-19 emergency response are ongoing.

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As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! We keep all of our drivers and dispatchers as up-to-date as possible on all oversize travel closures, inclement weather, restrictions and latest news. 

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.

Rhode Island has an updated Oversize/Overweight online permit system and it’s live and ready.

The system was officially launched on Wednesday, March 4.

The new system allows users the ability to obtain Annual Divisible Load Permits prior to the 3/31/2020 expiration date of their current permits, which will be available online to save and print once issued. It also gives permit services like WCS Permits the ability to manage this for customers as opposed to faxing them over to the state, which is how it’s been for years.

All transportation consultants at WCS Permits are working with the state as they clear up some minor bugs and add finishing touches to make the online system even better.

For the first week, the state DOT said they will be reviewing all Annual Divisible Load Permits (ADL) to ensure they are correct before issuance. The state is committed to conducting that review within two hours of a submission made during regular business hours.

Once an ADL is submitted, the permit will go into the “pending” part of the process and once issued the status will update to “issued.” WCS will manage these steps and will continue to work with the DOT on accuracy for all submitted permits.

Next year’s ALD permit renewals will require that a new permit be applied for.

Effective January 8, 2020 single trip permits will be valid for the duration of 5 days instead of 3 days in the state of Arkansas.

The news was first announced in early January on the Arkansas’ automated online permit system home page.

This is something many in the oversize load and specialized transportation transportation industry see as a positive, and will eliminate the hassle of having to order another trip permit after only 3 days.

In the oversize sector, loads face delays due to breakdowns, weather and travel restrictions so the added two days will help with having to reorder oversize permits.

Exceptions to this rule are the following: hay movement will remain for 3 days, sealed container will remain for 6 days and house movements will remain for 2 days.

Increases to oversize/overweight and superload permit fees will take effect on January 1, 2020 in Kansas.

The Kansas Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced updates in permit fees on the Kansas Truck Routing and Intelligent Permitting System (K-TRIPS). Fee increases vary by permit type.

Permit fees will increase for the following permit types on January 1.

  • Standard annuals will increase to $200
  • Overdimension oversize and/or overweight will increase to $40
  • Overdimension large structure will increase to $200
  • Overdimension superload will increase to $200

The last price increase was in July 2019.

Click here for a full 2020 Kansas DOT permit price list.

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! We keep all of our drivers and dispatchers as up-to-date as possible on all oversize travel closures, restrictions and latest news. 

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

Both westbound lanes of Interstate 40 between mile marker 20 and mile marker 15 will close between the Tennessee state line and the U.S. 276 interchange in North Carolina so emergency concrete repairs can be made to the bridge.

The closure starts at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 and is expected to continue for up to five days, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT), and takes place along an area of I-40 with a history of rapid deterioration resulting in potential road hazards.

Repairs to the deteriorating concrete will be made ahead of Winter, which a crew will remove and replace old concrete to the over 50-year-old bridge.

Traffic will detour to I-26 into Tennessee, adding an additional 45 mins to travel time. While state officials and project engineers say the closure can last up to five days, it is said the project is estimated to take 48 hours to five days. The only way to make the repairs are to close the interstate.

Drivers heading West should take I-40 Exit 53B (I-240 West) for five miles to Exit 4A (I-26 West) and follow that for 74 miles, crossing into Tennessee. Then drivers can take Exit 8A for I-81 South and continue 57 miles to re-access I-40 near Dandridge, Tennessee.

Prior to the work starting Monday, crews closed the outside lane of the bridge heading east toward Asheville from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. starting Friday to complete repairs in that lane.

A majority of states are now allowing drivers to carry and display oversize load permits electronically, instead of having to carry paper copies.

Carrying and displaying oversize/overweight load permits electronically will provide convenience for those drivers who use a smart phone, tablet or laptop to conduct business. 

Drivers are taking caution as those who rely on smart phones only to show electronic permits in states allowed must be within their data carriers service area. If out of the coverage area, the driver will be considered as having no permit. 

New states are being added all the time, please check this list frequently for updates. 

Below is the breakdown of where each state sits on electronic versus paper permits:

AL — Must have a paper permit

AK — Must be able to show permit regardless of service area, otherwise will be considered to have no permit

AZ — Signed paper copy only, no plans to change

AR — Electronic permits allowed on seven-inch screen or larger

CA — Electronic transportation permits (RCATZ/STARS2 only) and any required accompaniments are allowed on any electronic device, no minimum screen size

CO — Electronic permit allowed, no minimum screen size

CT — Electronic verification of permit is acceptable, no minimum screen size.  The driver must be able to produce the permit on an electronic devise to show enforcement if pulled over. 

DE — Must have paper permit, state does not allow electronic hand held devices at all per state law

FL — Electronic permits are allowed with no minimum screen size, although blanket permits must be a paper copy

GA — Allow for electronic display of single trip permits

HI – Must have paper permit

ID – Oversize & overweight permits can be displayed electronically. No minimum screen size. Temporary registrations/fuel permits must be hard copy. 

IL — Paper required if Police escort is required. No certain screen size or device required

IN — Paper required if Police escort is required. No certain screen size or device required

IA — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

KS — State law says paper permits only, however some highway patrol will accept electronic permits with permit number

KY — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

LA — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size, permits must be legible 

ME — Must have paper permit

MD — Electronic permits acceptable on smart phone or tablet. No minimum screen size

DC — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

MA — Must have paper permit

MI — Power Unit Construction Equipment Extender permit ONLY, all other permits must be hard copy 

MN – Electronic permits are acceptable on laptops, tablets or smartphone device, no minimum screen size, must provide complete and legible copies of the permit and general provisions

MS — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

MO — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size 

MT —  Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

NE —  Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

NV — Must have paper permit

NH — Electronic permits are acceptable if permit can be signed electronically 

NJ — Must have paper permit

NM — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

NY — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

NY THRU — Must have paper permit

NC — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

ND — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

OH — Must have paper permit

OK — Must have paper permit

OR — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size 

PA — Must have paper permit

RI — Must have paper permit

SC — Must have paper permit

SD — Must have paper permit

TN — Electronic permits are acceptable

TX — Up to law enforcement’s discretion, paper copy is still recommended

UT – Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

VT — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

VA — Electronic permits are acceptable

WA — Must have paper permit

WV — Electronic permits acceptable on smart phone or tablet, no minimum screen size

WI — Must have paper permit, farmers can show their no cost permits electronically

WY — Must have paper permit

Canadian Provinces

AB — Electronic OS/OW permits only are acceptable, no minimum screen size

BC — Must have paper permit

MB— Must have paper permit

NF — Must have paper permit

NB — Electronic OS/OW permits only are acceptable, no minimum screen size

NWT — Must have paper permit

NS — Must have paper permit

ON — Must have paper permit

PE — Must have paper permit

QB — Must have paper permit

SK — Must have paper permit

YK — Must have paper permit

NU — Must have paper permit

The Maryland Department of Transportation (DOT) is warning all about a closure on the Westbound Bay Bridge that will affect oversize load travel through the Spring of 2020.

Weather permitting, the rightmost lane (Lane 1) on Westbound Bay Bridge (US 50/301) will be closed starting Monday, September 30, 2019 as part of the deck rehabilitation project. Lane 1 will remain closed 24/7 until Spring of 2020.  During this time, nightly full Westbound Bay Bridge closure with two-way traffic on Eastbound Bay Bridge is in effect (weather permitting).

It is recommended that commercial vehicles should avoid crossing the Bay Bridge and stay on I-95. When traveling to the Bay Bridge, drivers should expect major delays and plan accordingly.  For up-to-date construction and closure information on the Bay Bridge, please call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726). FOR full announcement and info BAY BRIDGE DECK REHABILITATION PROJECT

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! We keep all of our drivers and dispatchers as up-to-date as possible on all oversize travel closures, restrictions and latest news. 

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