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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




Missouri River Bridge at Decatur to Close for 28 Days


The Missouri River bridge in Decatur, Nebraska will be closed to all traffic – including oversize loads – for 28 days, from August 14 to September 11 for $7.7. million in maintenance work.

The detour is 74 miles, and it is advised to plan ahead. Officials estimate the detour can take over an hour. Carriers, drivers and oversize load dispatchers are advised to plan ahead.

Although access for local traffic will be maintained by flagging and temporary signage, oversize loads would typically not have room to fit within the one lane along the detour.

The Missouri River Bridge links Decatur, Nebraska to Onawa, Iowa. The 60-year-old bridge will gain 20 – 30 years of life span after repairs have been completed. Both states will share the costs.

During the bridge crossing closure, local traffic would have access on both N-51 and I-175, but the bridge crossing would not be accessible.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation does state, prior arrangements for oversize load travel could be made by contacting the District 3 Office at (402) 370-3470, although no additional information is available at this time.

The closure is planned for August and September at an attempt to avoid disrupting harvest season.

TN Oversize Load Curfew Changes


According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation overweight and over-dimensional permit division, the three hour and afternoon curfews for oversize permit loads of most sizes has been eliminated, and the curfews for the largest loads have been reduced to two hours.

The memo released for the DOT’s permit division on June 7 says effective immediately, loads less than 12’6” wide, 15’ high, or 90’ long are no longer restricted by daytime curfews in Tennessee. Loads over these dimensions are prohibited from moving from 7 – 9 a.m. and 4 – 6 p.m. in the following counties: Davidson, Hamilton, Shelby, Know, and Rutherford.

Mobile homes, site-built houses, and houseboats will continue to be limited by curfew travel restrictions regardless of dimension.

VA Permit Office Experiencing Delays


Due to short staffing in the state of Virginia oversize permit office there are delays in issuing oversize load permits.

Currently, only one person is working to issue single trip permits in the Virginia permit office today; Friday, June 9.  Please be sure to inform everyone in your company and networks so that they know to expects delays.

WCS Permits’ transportation consultants are working with the state and we expect the permit department to be fully staffed and operating as normal Monday.

Changes in AL Regarding Pilots


Effective June 1, 2017, according to Randy Braden of the Alabama Department of Transportation, the state of Alabama adopted three new rules in an effort to bring the state into 100% compliance with the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) permit harmonization resolutions Phase I-II.

The recent changes were made to Alabama DOT’s Section 450-3-1-0.5 (Escort Requirements). Changes included the following:

  • Reduced previous required 2 pilot escorts to 1 for all OS/OW loads 12 to 14 feet wide.
  • Increased minimum length requirement for pilot escort from 85 to 90 feet overall load length.
  • Following the state implementation, the new Pilot Certification/Training requirement, Alabama will provide direction to offer reciprocity with other state pilot certification programs.

Braden also serves as Chair of AASHTO’s Permit Harmonization committee where he has demonstrated outstanding leadership in moving Permit Harmonization Resolution’s Phase I-II to adoption and encouraging states to follow the recommendations.

For a full list of Alabama and all state permitting rules and regulations subscribe to the Oversize Load Assistant. 

Alabama Permit Office Closed for Jefferson Davis Birthday


The state of Alabama is observing Jefferson Davis’ birthday on Monday, June 5. Most of the state offices will be closed including the department of transportation permit division.

No oversize load permits will be issued. Any permits needed for that state will be applied for on Tuesday, June 6.

Although the oversize load permit office is closed, there are no oversize travel restrictions.

Alabama has an official state holiday, celebrated this year on June 5, for the birthday of the president of the Confederacy. It is one of three state holidays honoring Confederate figures.