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South Dakota Spring Load Limits


The South Dakota DOT released the following regarding the Spring Load Limits, effective 10 a.m. Thursday, March 15.

  • SD 42 – From US 281 East to the Davison County Line MRM 280.00 to MRM 285.88 – 6 Tons/Axle
  • SD 1804 – From SD 44 to Platte Creek – MRM 112.13 to MRM 120.16 – 6 Tons/Axle
  • SD 1806 – US 18 north to Whetstone – MRM 15.68 to MRM 25.75 – 6 Tons/Axle
  • SD 1806 – SD 44 to Lucas Corner – MRM 42.78 to MRM 48.55 – 6 Tons/Axle
  • SD 251 – Nebraska State Line to US 18 – MRM 0.00 to MRM 15.84 – 6 Tons/Axle

The following Spring Load Limits will be effective 3 p.m. Thursday, March 15.

    • US 16A – Custer State Park east gate to SD 244 – MRM 26.25 to MRM 55.76 – 7 Tons/Axle
  • SD 36 – US 16A to SD 79 – MRM 36.00 to MRM 45.01 – 7 Tons/Axle
  • SD 40 – Hayward to Cheyenne River – MRM 38.26 to MRM 69.00 – 7 Tons/Axle
  • SD 87 – Wind Cave Nat’l Park to US 16/385 – MRM 47.27 to MRM 79.36 – 7 Tons/Axle
  • SD 71 – Neb Line to 2 mi. S of Cheyenne River – MRM 0.00 to MRM 21.00 – 7 Tons/Axle
  • SD 89 – US 16A to SD 87 – MRM 58.51 to MRM 64.58 – 7 Tons/Axle
  • SD 471 – Provo to US 18 – MRM 19.60 to MRM 24.00 – 7 Tons/Axle

For further information or a copy of the Spring Load Restriction map, please contact the DOT at 605-773-3571 or visit the South Dakota DOT Load Limits web page.

Michigan: Spring Weight Restrictions


The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) released weight restrictions effective February 19, 2018.

As of 6 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19, weight restrictions will be imposed and enforced on all state trunk line highways from the Michigan/Indiana and Ohio line, North to and including, M-46 in in Muskegon County at the US-31BR intersection in the City of Muskegon Easterly to US-131 North to M-46 then continuing East on M-46 to Port Sanilac County ending at the M-25 intersection, according to the MDOT Spring weight restrictions’ bulletin.


  • 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.


For additional weight restriction information and updates, call 800.787.8960. For anyone in Canada or New Jersey, call 517.373.6256.

More weight restriction information may be obtained at, refer to the MDOT Truck Operator’s Map for route designations.

Louisiana: Mardi Gras Travel Restrictions


The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development’s Secretary, Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D., announced oversize load travel restrictions for Mardi Gras 2018, which will affect travel and the issuing of oversize load permits from Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 through Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

Specifically, the announcement said oversize and overweight vehicle movement, with the exception of permit loads that qualify for 24 hour movement, will be prohibited on all state highways in selected areas (i.e., New Orleans, Lafayette, Houma, Lake Charles and New Roads) on Saturday, February 10, 2018 through Tuesday, February 13, 2018 in observance of the Mardi Gras season.

  1. Parishes of Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard (including the interstates)
  2. Within the city limits of Lafayette, with the exception of 1-10
  3. Within the city limits and surrounding area of New Roads
  4. Within the city limits and surrounding area of Houma
  5. Within the city limits and surrounding area of Lake Charles, with the exception of 1-10 and 1-210

Wilson said the decision was made in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety, Office of State Police, to provide maximum safety for motorists traveling on State highways during this season.

The Louisiana Truck Permit Office will remain open Monday, February 12 and Tuesday, February 13, 2018 for the issuance of oversize load permits outside of the designated areas.

If You Have Any Questions

If you have any questions regarding Mardi Gras road closures or about the LA DOT permit office, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to reach our customer service department. One of our experienced specialists can help you with any needs and questions that you may have or direct you to the expert who can.

Bomb Cyclone Results in State Permit Closures & Travel Restrictions


As the ‘Bomb Cyclone’ hits the East Coast, state permit offices are closing and restrictions are in place for oversize load travel.

The storm has brought strong winds, snow and subzero temperatures to most of the Atlantic seaboard, and blizzard warnings have been issued for states including; Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, coastal New Jersey, Long Island, N.Y. and coastal New England. This could be the strongest storm the states have ever experienced.


The following states have closures and/or restrictions in place:

Connecticut – State permit office is closed

Delaware – Governor Carney has ordered state offices closed today, Thursday, Jan. 4.

Georgia – A state of emergency has been issued for 28 counties through Friday, Jan. 5 as the storm hits southeast Georgia. Call 877.694.2511 for weather updates.

Maryland – State office is open but there are some oversize load travel restrictions.

Massachusetts – State is closed and not issuing permits for today, Thursday, Jan. 4.

New Hampshire – No oversize load travel. Office is light staffed and will most likely close early

New Jersey – Phones are not being answered in the state permit office, but it has not been confirmed that the office is closed.

New York – Currently open, but could see possible restrictions

North Carolina – State permit office is open, but there are road closures on the south eastern side of the state

Vermont- While the state office is open and issuing permits, no oversize travel is allowed

Virginia – State permit office is open, but permit issuing is on a two-hour delay



WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is here to help with all questions relating to any state permit office closure, delays or oversize travel restrictions. We will do our best to keep you up-to-date on the cyclone’s impact on oversize load travel. WCS can also answer any questions you may have about state closures, or any questions on your everyday oversize load permitstrip & fuel permits and superloads. Contact us now, or give us a call at 888.737.6483.

Minnesota Winter Load Increases


The Minnesota Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of Materials & Road Research has started publishing information on seasonal load limit notifications in frost zones.


On Thursday December 14, winter load increases began on unrestricted highways in the North Frost Zone beginning at 12:01 a.m. Vehicles will be allowed to operate up to 10 percent over the standard legal maximum loads on unrestricted highways during the Winter Load increase period, according to a “Seasonal Load Limit Notification” distributed by the Minnesota DOT.

The release also stated trucks must comply with current registration weight laws on their routes and a Winter Weight Increase Permit is required to take advantage of the 10 percent weight increase on Interstate Highways only. A permit is not required for state trunk highways.


The MN DOT Office of Materials & Road Research released a seasonal limit notification on the North-Central Frost Zone which will begin on unrestricted highways at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. Like the Winter load increases already in effect in the North Frost Zone, vehicles will be allowed to operate up to 10 percent over the standard legal maximum loads on unrestricted highways during the Winter Load Increase period. Trucks, however, must comply with current registration weight laws and not exceed registered gross weight tolerances.


It is urged by the MN DOT that you check with local agencies (cities, counties and townships) prior to increasing any weights on routes. Winter weight increase permits are required.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety can be reached at 651.405.6196 (select option 3, option 3).

Winter load increases beginning and ending dates are based on how weather is affecting roadway strength, and are established by monitoring such as weather conditions change. The ending dates for these Winter load increases is not known at this time and drivers must check for updates.


WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is here to help with all questions relating to over-dimensional, heavy haul trucking. We will do our best to keep you up-to-date on Winter load increase dates. WCS can also answer any questions you may have about Winter weight increase permits, or any questions on your everyday oversize load permits, trip & fuel permits and superloads. Contact us now, or give us a call at 888.737.6483.

Ohio Announces Overweight Permit Changes


The state of Ohio’s permit department announced some future changes which will affect nighttime moves, counterweights and holiday travel.

Future changes were summarized in a news release issued by the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA).

According to the release, Ohio Department of Transportation (DOT) Manager of Permits, Mike Mooreland announced a pilot program set to commence January 1, 2018 which includes changes to nighttime movement for overweight permit loads up to 10-feet wide, legal height and length.

The pilot program is expected to last six to 12 months and includes more stipulations including routing limited to 4-lane roadways, the need for nighttime movement to be specifically requested at time of application and lighting requirements in accordance with Ohio DOT’s operation guide for nighttime travel.

Mooreland announced the plan for future changes in the Ohio permit office and state permitting process, including:

  • Modification to the Ohio DOT crane agreement
  • Removal of weekend permit travel restrictions for Good Friday and Easter weekend
  • Future roadway and bridge construction to improve statewide permit routing
  • Improvements to the online permit program for a more user-friendly experience.

Mooreland and the state of Ohio have been advocates for change. In 2016, Moreland approved a 1 mile off permit route access provision for food, fuel, rest and repair and raised the threshold by which overweight permits could be auto-issued from 132,000 to 160,000 pounds.

Portions of I-10, I-19 and I-15 in Vegas to Close Temporarily


The Arizona and Nevada Department of Transportation released advisories warning motorists of closures to portions of I-10 near Phoenix, I-19 near Tucson and I-15 in Las Vegas for major construction and the I-15 widening project.

Closures begin Friday, Oct. 13 and run through Tuesday, Oct. 17.

The Arizona DOT will close I-10 West at 59th Avenue between 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, and 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 to allow a crane to bring in an 80-foot beam above I-1o for a flyover bridge.

Westbound traffic on I-10 can exit the freeway at the 59th Avenue off-ramp and re-enter at the 59th Avenue on-ramp, but delays are expected. ADOT has advised motorists, including commercial vehicles to use Loop 101, west of I-17 instead.

Interstate 19 will close in both directions this weekend at Ajo Way (State Route 86) for a bridge construction project. The highway will be closed from 9 p.m Friday through 5 a.m. Monday. According to the advisory, ADOT will direct traffic onto the SR 86 off-ramps and back onto I-19 on the SR 86 on-ramps. The ramp connecting westbound I-10 to southbound I-19 will also be closed during the same time period.

The Nevada DOT will close the northbound I-15 exit to the 215 Northern Beltway in North Las Vegas from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting the evening of Sunday, Oct. 15 through the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 17. The closure is part of an I-15 widening project.

Florida DOT Issues Executive Order & Emergency Road Use Permit


As the state of Florida anticipates Hurricane Irma making landfall, the state Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued an emergency road use permit.

The emergency road use permit is authorized by the DOT by the state’s Executive Order number 17-235, which states that timely precautions can be taken such as the issuing of an emergency road use permit.

The road use permit letter states that the Florida DOT has the authority to permit the movement of divisible loads on any behicles transporting emergency equipment, services, supplies and agricultural commodities and citrus as recommended by the Commissioner of Agriculture. Although, the weight, height, length and width for any such vehicles shall not exceed the following:

  • The maximum gross vehicle weight for vehicles equipped with five weight-bearing axles with outer bridge spans of no less than (40) feet, but less than (51) fifty-one shall not exceed 90,000 pounds.
  • The maximum gross vehicle weight for vehicles equipped with five weight-bearing axles with outer bridge spans of not less than fifty-one feet shall not exceed 95,000 pounds.
  • The maximum gross vehicle weight for vehicles equipped with four weight-bearing axles with outer bridge spans of not less than forty-three feet shall not exceed 80,000 pounds.
  • All straight trucks shall not exceed eight thousand pounds. The maximum weight of any single axle shall not exceed 27,500 pounds.

Other length, width and height requirements apply. Maximum dimensions shall not exceed 14-feet wide, 14-6 high or 95-feet long.


TxDMV Issues Emergency Relief Permit


TxDMV Issues Emergency Relief Permit

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) issued the Emergency Relief Permit for the transportation of divisible commodities consisting of emergency relief supplies. The Emergency Relief Permit is only available during national emergencies or major disasters declared by the President of the United States. This permit expires 120 days from the date of the President’s declaration.

Vehicles moving under this permit may travel to and within the geographical area covered by the emergency declaration to either:

  • Assist in expediting debris removal from roadways, staging areas, or temporary structure locations, or
  • Deliver relief supplies (the entire load must consist of relief supplies).

Note: This permit is only valid for travel in Texas. If the geographical location listed in the emergency declaration is in another state, carriers must contact each state they will travel through for individual state permits.

There are additional size and weight requirements. The vehicle may not exceed legal size limits, including the following weight requirements:

  • 21,500 pounds per axle
  • 43,000 pounds per two axle group
  • 53,000 pounds per three axle group (wheelbase more than 8′ and less than 13′)
  • 160,000 pounds gross weight

There is no fee for this permit and it can be applied for through the TxPROS online system. Form 1757 and Map-21 Emergency Permit Application can also be faxed to (512) 465-4248. For additional info, call (800) 299-1700.

It is under President Trump’s Declaration of Disaster, that allows for the self issuing of a MAP-21 Emergency Permit.

Oversize/overweight permits for travel into disaster areas for loads not related to relief efforts will not be issued for the TxDMV. Only oversize and/or overweight vehicles involved in the relief efforts will be allowed to travel in the Hurricane Harvey affected areas. Active permits issued prior to the disaster will be extended as needed for travel at a later date, according to the Texas DMV website.

Solar Eclipse Oversize Travel Restrictions


The state of Nebraska and surrounding states issued alerts, warning about oversize load travel restrictions during the upcoming Solar Eclipse.

On Monday, August 21, 2017, the path of a total solar eclipse will cross diagonally over the entire length of he state of Nebraska, resulting in a 90 percent solar eclipse, which means 90 percent of the sun ill be hidden from view, casting a large shadow over the state.

According to the state advisory, and as a result, oversize loads will not be able to travel from sundown on Friday, August 18 until sunrise on Tuesday, August 22.

Safe travel concerns and the number of visitors traveling along the eclipse’s path were reason for the restrictions.

There are a number of states with oversize and superload travel restrictions and limited travel before and after the solar eclipse, which include the following:


No oversize load travel from sunrise on Friday, August 18 until Sunset Tuesday, August 22. if over width.


No oversize load travel from 6 a.m. Sunday, August 20 until 9 p.m. Tuesday, August 22. The restriction applies to all permits.


No restrictions


No restrictions


No restrictions


Only superloads will be restricted during the eclipse in Missouri. There is no superload movement from Saturday, August 19 until Tuesday, August 22. No restrictions will be implemented for routine permits.


No travel if over-width from noon Aug. 18 through Aug. 21, normal travel resumes Aug. 22


No restrictions


No restrictions


No restrictions

North Carolina

No restrictions

South Carolina

No rest allowed