Effective 6 a.m. Monday, March 11, weight restrictions will be imposed and enforced on all Michigan state trunkline highways from Michigan/Indiana and Michigan/Ohio state lines north to and including the following:

  • M-20 from the intersection of US-31 in Oceana County east to US-131 in Mecosta County
  • North on US-131 to M-20
  • East on M-20 to US-127 in Isabella County
  • North on US-127 to M-61 in Clare County
  • East on M-61 to the intersection of US-23 in the city of Standish, Arenac County

Note, state routes typically carry M, I or US designations.

Spring weight restrictions are imposed because roads are softened by trapped moisture beneath the pavement which makes travel dangerous. This moisture also contributes to pothole problems already occurring due to this winter’s numerous freeze-thaw cycles, according to the MDOT’s news release.

On all restricted areas, the following will apply:

  • On routes designated as “All Season Routes” (green or 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 weight reduction of 25% for rigid pavements and 35% for flexible pavements.

Extended permits will be valid for oversize only in the weight restricted area.

Single trip permits will not be issued for overweight loads or 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.

 

 

 

Due to Winter weather, including snow and ice, there are 50 weather restrictions in place throughout the state of Pennsylvania, according to PennDOT, and starting at noon, they will enact a ban on Commercial Vehicles with empty trailers and double trailers on several interstates.

PennDOT and PA Turnpike are advising motorists, especially commercial motor vehicles, to take extreme caution throughout the day.

The phased restrictions imposed throughout the storm are outlined below and can be viewed on 511pa.com.

At 6:00 AM Wednesday, a full commercial vehicle ban (including buses) will be in place on I-70 in Fulton County (from the Maryland state line to the Turnpike) and I-99 from I-80 to the Turnpike.

Also at 6:00 AM Wednesday, on I-80 from I-79 to the I-99 interchange and on the Turnpike from New Stanton (exit 75) east to Carlisle (exit 226), the following vehicles will be prohibited:

  • empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks;
  • all Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers);
  • tractors hauling empty trailers;
  • any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs;
  • all motorcycles; and
  • all recreational vehicles and RVs.

At noon on Wednesday, PennDOT and the PA Turnpike will prohibit only empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks; all Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers); tractors hauling empty trailers; any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs; all motorcycles; and all recreational vehicles and RVs on the following roadways:

  • PA Turnpike (I-76, I-276) from I-81 to I-95 (Exit 43);
  • I-76 (Turnpike and non-Turnpike, New Stanton to Philadelphia);
  • I-78 full length from I-81 to the New Jersey state line;
  • I-80 from I-99 to the New Jersey state line;
  • I-81 from the Maryland state line to the New York state line;
  • I-83 from the Maryland state line to I-81;
  • I-84 full length from I-81 to the New York state line;
  • I-176;
  • I-180 full length from Route 220/U.S. 15 to I-80;
  • I-276; PA Turnpike
  • I-283;
  • I-295;
  • I-380 full length from I-81 to I-80;
  • I-476 (non-Turnpike, full length);
  • I-476 (PA Turnpike, Northeast Ext.) from Mid County (exit 20) to Clarks Summit (exit 131);
  • I-676;
  • Route 22 from I-78 to the New Jersey state line; and
  • Route 33 from I-78 to I-80.

A 45-mph speed restriction may be in place on all roadways with vehicle restrictions at least during those timeframes and may be implemented sooner and on non-vehicle-restricted roadways as well.

To help make decisions regarding winter travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

A vehicle emergency kit should be prepared or restocked containing items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. Motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families have such as baby supplies, extra medication and pet supplies.

Motorists should be aware that all vehicles should be fully clear of ice and snow before winter travel. If snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the operator of that vehicle could receive a $200 to $1,000 fine.

When winter weather occurs, PennDOT urges drivers to be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment. When encountering a plow truck, drivers should:

  • Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck.
  • Be alert since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.
  • When a plow truck is traveling toward you, move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width.
  • Never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a “plow train.” The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles.
  • Never travel next to a plow truck since there are blind spots where the operator can’t see, and they can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.
  • Keep your lights on to help the operator better see your vehicle. Also remember that under Pennsylvania state law, vehicle lights must be on every time a vehicle’s wipers are on due to inclement weather.

To report an accident or other emergencies on the PA Turnpike, dial *11 on your mobile phone. If there is an accident, move the car out of travel lane and onto shoulder, if possible, and stay in the vehicle. For more information about PA Turnpike conditions follow the conversation by using https://www.paturnpike.com/travel/twitter.aspx. You may also see advisories by clicking on the travel ticker on www.PATurnpike.com.

 

 

PennDOT has put some road restrictions and speed restrictions in place in response to winter weather conditions.

There are full commercial vehicle restrictions in place, as well as empty and double trailer restrictions, in addition to speed restrictions.

PA’s full list of restrictions can be found here.

A 45 mph speed limit has been set for some areas directly affecting by freezing rain and sleet. Speed restrictions can be checked at 511pa.com.

After Monday’s snowfall, Tuesday brought on freezing rain and sleet creating hazardous conditions for vehicles, especially commercial vehicles.

PennDOT started the restrictions Monday night at midnight, with a full commercial ban (including buses) on I-70 in Fulton County from the Maryland line to the turnpike, and on I-99 from I-80 to the Turnpike.

The following were prohibited on the Turnpike (from New Stanton east to Carlisle) beginning at midnight:

  • empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks
  • all large combination vehicles (double trailers)
  • tractors hauling empty trailers
  • any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs
  • all motorcycles
  • all recreations vehicles and RVs

At 6 a.m. today, all commercial vehicles (including buses) were banned on:

  • I-380 from I-81 to I-80
  • I-80 from I-79 to the New Jersey line
  • I-81 from I-78 to the New York line
  • 1-84 from I-81 to New York line
  • I-476 (northeast extension of Pa. Turnpike) from I-78 to Clarks Summit (exit 131)
  • I-80 full length from Route 220/US 15 to I-80

Also at 6 a.m. today, all vehicles were prohibited on the following roadways:

  • PA Turnpike from I-81 to the New Jersey line
  • I-176
  • I-283
  • I-476 (non-turnpike, full length)
  • I-476 (turnpike northeast extension) from Mid-County (exit 20) to Lehigh Valley (exit 56)
  • I-676
  • I-76 (turnpike and non-turnpike from New Stanton to Philadelphia)
  • I-78 full length
  • I-81 from the Maryland line to I-78 split
  • I-83 from the Maryland line to I-81
  • I-95 full length
  • Route 22 from I-78 to the New Jersey line
  • Route 33 from I-78 to I-80

 

There is a restriction on oversize loads 13-feet or wider at the West Virginia/Pennsylvania line in both directions.

The restriction will be in place through March 31st and oversize loads wider than 13-feet are expected to be allowed to travel on Monday, April 1.

Truck drivers will not granted any exceptions if pulling a load wider than 13 feet and are advised to use US-22 or I-79 as an alternative route.

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 and restrictions.

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.

UPDATE 1/31: There is a travel ban on I-90 for tractor trailers from exit 46 to the PA line due to weather conditions.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is advising motorists to closely monitor weather forecasts and conditions as a storm system is anticipated to impact most of the state, with many areas expected to see precipitation during the Tuesday rush hours.

The storm will bring freezing temps, precipitation and snow to the midwest and northeast and is forecast to be followed by a brutal cold front that could bring icy conditions and sudden snow squalls.

Additionally, the FMCSA has expanded its emergency declaration from Jan. 18 to include 22 states in the Midwest and Northeast.

“While many parts of the state may not see significant accumulations, it is critical to always be mindful of conditions and keep safety top of mind when driving in inclement weather,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “Our crews are prepared to take on these conditions, and we call on the public to allow themselves extra time, drive according to conditions, and postpone travel if necessary.”

Due to potential snowfall rates and accumulations, PennDOT and the PA Turnpike are prohibiting empty tractor trailers and commercial vehicles pulling double trailers, RV/motorhomes, and motorcycles on the following Interstates beginning at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, January 29, and tentatively lifting (condition-dependent) at 6 p.m. on the same day:

  • Interstate 380 full length from I-81 to I-80;
  • I-78 full length from I-81 to the New Jersey state line;
  • I-80 from I-180 to the New Jersey state line;
  • I-81 from I-83 to the New York state line;
  • I-84 full length from I-81 to the New York state line; and
  • I-476 (PA Turnpike, Northeast Ext.) from I-78 to Clarks Summit (exit 131).

See a map of vehicle restrictions going into effect tomorrow at www.penndot.gov. This map is also provided below.  Speed restrictions on Interstates and expressways may be implemented as the storm progresses.

To help make decisions regarding winter travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.

Motorists should be aware that all vehicles should be fully clear of ice and snow before winter travel. If snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the operator of that vehicle could receive a $200 to $1,000 fine.

When winter weather occurs, PennDOT urges drivers to be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment. When encountering a plow truck, drivers should:

  • Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck.
  • Be alert since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.
  • When a plow truck is traveling toward you, move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width.
  • Never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a “plow train.” The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles.
  • Never travel next to a plow truck since there are blind spots where the operator can’t see, and they can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.
  • Keep your lights on to help the operator better see your vehicle. Also remember that under Pennsylvania state law, vehicle lights must be on every time a vehicle’s wipers are on due to inclement weather.

In addition to driving safely around plows, motorists are urged to drive according to conditions. If motorists encounter snow or ice-covered roads, they should slow down, increase their following distance and avoid distractions. Last winter in Pennsylvania, preliminary data shows that there were 440 crashes resulting in 221 injuries on snowy, slushy or ice-covered roadways where aggressive-driving behaviors such as speeding or making careless lane changes were factors.

PennDOT has created a Winter Safety media center, including social-media-sized graphics highlighting winter driving preparations and operations at www.penndot.gov in the “Media Center” under the “About Us” footer.

More States Take Action

22 states are included in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration emergency declaration.

Truck drivers hauling heating fuels, including propane, natural gas, and heating oil, and other fuel products, including gasoline, into the affected states providing necessary relief will be exempt from hours of service regulations through Feb. 2, or until the end of the emergency, whichever is less.

States included in the declaration are: Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont and Wisconsin.

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that tractor trailers and commercial buses will be banned from certain highways in Western New beginning at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 and on portions of the Interstate 81 corridor beginning Wednesday, Jan. 30 at noon as heavy snows and frigid temperatures are expected to impact several parts of the state. Most areas in the path of the storm will see 6 to 8 inches of snow, with the exception of areas that typically experience lake effect snow, including southern Erie County, the Chautauqua Ridge in Western New York, and the Tug Hill Plateau in Northern New York that could see significantly higher amounts of snow through Friday morning.

Beginning at noon Wednesday, tractor trailers and commercial buses will be banned on Interstate 81 in New York from the Canadian Border to State Route 104.

There is a travel ban on I-90 for tractor trailers from exit 46 to the PA line due to weather conditions.

The Indiana Toll Road issued a travel ban from noon today through noon Tuesday. Prohibited are triple tractor-trailers, long-doubles (high-profile only), high-profile oversize permit loads.

Oklahoma’s recent severe weather is still affecting highways, truck driver safety and oversize load permit turnaround.

The state’s DOT permit office has not had any permit staff to process oversize load permits on Thursday, Jan. 3 or Friday, Jan.4. OK state permits will still self-issue if you are traveling on a route with no closures.

After areas of the state received almost 7 inches of snow, oversize and commercial motor vehicle travel was limited due to safety and closures. Oklahoma’s weather map shows closed areas and highway conditions.

Heavy Snowfall & Winter Advisories

The winter storm hit moved in Wednesday night and led into Thursday morning, with another round of snow that fell Thursday afternoon.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning through Friday (1/4) morning for northern Texas, parts of the Texas Panhandle and much of Oklahoma. The region had almost 7 inches (7.5 to 18 centimeters) of snow, along with ice accumulations of up to 1 inch (2.5 centimeters). Other parts of Texas and Oklahoma were under winter weather advisories.

Beware of Icy, Slick Roads

The mix of wintry precipitation has created slippery road conditions and limited visibility. In addition to checking state weather maps for road closures, be extremely cautious. State DOT’s recommend reducing speed, staying at least 150 feet behind any snow removal equipment, and warn to stay off certain roads if it can be avoided.

The slickest roadways were reported south and west of Oklahoma City.

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! We are keeping up-to-date on when Oklahoma will resume issuing permits, but we do anticipate a delay once the office is full-staffed again.

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.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (DOT) will place a weight restriction on the Cairo Bridge effective Wednesday, Dec. 27.

The US 60/62 bridge at Cairo that spans across Alexander County, Illinois and Mississippi County, Missouri, and over the Mississippi River. will will be restricting combination vehicles to 37 tons and single unit vehicle to 33 tons.

Repair plans for the bridge are in place, although exact start and finish dates are not available by either the Illinois or Missouri DOT.
The Cairo I-57 Bridge is a steel through arch bridge carrying 4 lanes of Interstate 57 across the Mississippi River at Cairo, Illinois and located in the tri-state area of Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri. It was opened in 1978.

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone 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.

Several state DOT permit offices will be closed or operating with only a skeleton crew Wednesday, Dec. 5 to honor late President George H.W. Bush on the day of his burial.

Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Washington D.C. and Texas state DOT permit offices will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Local Baltimore City office will be closed, too.

Plan Ahead

The states that are closed have not published if the closure is a full or half day, so it is best to plan ahead and anticipate those state permit offices will be closed, which means the state will not be processing applications submitted late on Tuesday, Dec, 4 or on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Local Traffic 

The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department also published a traffic advisory for the funeral.

It sites local traffic and closures near the U.S. Capitol and the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

The Motorcade Route from the Washington National Cathedral to Joint Base Andrews will also close Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

The below closures were included in the Traffic Advisory for President George H.W. Bush’s funeral.

Motorcade Route from the U.S. Capitol to the Washington National Cathedral

  • Motorcade will depart the U.S. Capitol via Delaware Avenue NE
  • Left on Constitution Avenue NW
  • Right on Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • Right on 15th Street NW
  • Left on Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • Continue on Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • Right on 22nd Street NW
  • Left on Massachusetts Avenue NW
  • Right on Wisconsin Avenue NW
  • Right into the National Cathedral Complex

On Wednesday, December 5, 2018 the below route between the Washington National Cathedral and Joint Base Andrews will begin closure at 11:00 a.m. and will remain closed until approximately 1:30 p.m.  While this closure is in effect, expect extensive traffic delays and closures of side streets.

Motorcade Route from the Washington National Cathedral to Joint Base Andrews

  • Motorcade will depart the National Cathedral via Wisconsin Avenue NW
  • Left on Wisconsin Avenue NW
  • Left on Massachusetts Avenue NW
  • Right on Waterside Drive NW
  • Merge onto Rock Creek Parkway NW
  • Left on Virginia Avenue NW
  • Left on Constitution Avenue NW
  • Right on 17th Street NW
  • Merge on Independence Avenue SW
  • Right on Maine Avenue SW
  • Merge onto I-395 / I-695 / I-295 South
  • Exit Right onto Suitland Parkway
  • Right on Forestville Road
  • Cross Allentown Road
  • Enter Joint Base Andrews via the Maryland Gate

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars works closely with the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission and the New York DOT and will advise customers during this period. The alternative route to help vehicles cross the Niagara River is via the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge.

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.

The I-440 rehabilitation project has been underway for some time with intermittent shoulder and lane closures during the day, but the major phase of the project will begin in February 2019 which will significantly impact traffic and restrict oversize load travel.

The improvements are focused at repaving and replacing the road surface, and will take place on I-440 bridge over I-65 with the total contract nearing $150 million. Traffic will be impacted, but TN Department of Transportation (TDOT) ensured construction would not require a full closure.

At this time, TDOT has not released a width, height or weight limit for oversize vehicles, but due to specific lane closures and construction delays are anticipated, which  could get longer with oversize transport.

February 2019

Barrier rail will be installed in late February 2019, which will reduce the number of travel lanes throughout the corridor, allowing work to begin on the concrete surface and the median. The closures are scheduled as follows.

  • Daytime: two lanes of travel open in each direction between 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
  • Nighttime: one lane of travel open in each direction between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

The lane reductions will be in place for the duration of the project. No shoulders will be available during the construction. TDOT is working on emergency response and response time for any emergencies.

The project will overhaul I-440 after years of deterioration and a temporary resurfacing earlier this year, and also includes new lighting installations, sound wall construction and laying fiber optic lines. Exit ramps at Murphy Road and Hillsboro Pike will also be improved.

Construction is expected to last until August 2020.

TDOT provided more information on the I-440 project, including a timeline. 

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars works closely with the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission and the New York DOT and will advise customers during this period. The alternative route to help vehicles cross the Niagara River is via the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge.

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.

 

The state of Nevada’s Commercial Vehicle Permits Office will be closed on Friday, Oct. 26 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, Oct. 29.

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 states 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 the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission and the New York DOT and will advise customers during this period. The alternative route to help vehicles cross the Niagara River is via the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge.

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.