Industry News

May Holiday Oversize Load Travel Restrictions & Closures

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During the month of May, some DOT state oversize load offices will be closed for some specific holidays, which may affect oversize load travel.

Missouri – Monday, May 8 – Closed for Truman Day
While the Missouri state DOT office is closed in observance of Truman Day, there are no oversize load travel restrictions at this time.

South Carolina – Wednesday, May 10 – Closed for Confederate Memorial Day
The state of South Carolina DOT oversize load division is closed for Confederate Memorial Day, although no specific size or weight oversize load travel restrictions apply.

Minnesota – Friday, May 12 through Sunday, May 14 – Fishing Opener – DOT Open, Oversize Travel Restrictions Apply
The Minnesota Fishing weekend opener is always a big event for the state, so big that big travel is restricted. All oversize/overweight travel is only allowed on Friday, May 12 from 2 PM until 2 AM on Saturday, May 13, and on 2 PM on Sunday, May 14 from 2 PM until 2 AM on Monday, May 15.

 

Good Friday Holiday Closures

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Good Friday Holiday Closures in effect for Friday, April 14 are now live on our parent company’s website.

In addition to state DOT office closures and oversize load travel restrictions for Good Friday, some states have some upcoming holidays including Confederate Memorial Day and Patriot’s Day.

Revision to WI Single Trip Permit General Conditions

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Wisconsin Department of Transportation has published an update to MV 2605.

These conditions are applicable to all single trip permits and are required to be carried at all times along with the permit.

While most changes were in formatting, included are some updates to include conditions commonly placed on all permits.

A brief summary of “significant” changes is below.

  • Defined official publication methods of permit suspension and other updates in Number 5.
  • Added Number 8 which requires that the carriers must survey, identify and mitigate any route obstructions prior to move.
  • Consolidated and reformatted the times of operation into Number 25.

New Section on Permit Attachments Added to OSLA

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A new section with info on permit attachments/accompaniments, organized by state, has been added to the oversize load New Section on Permit Attachments Added to OSLAassistant. Subscribers can now view and download state, county and city permit accompaniments by searching by agency or category.

Some states only have state accompaniments, while others have many city and county accompaniments. States that have no state or city/county attachment will simply state, “no attachment required.”

The Oversize Load Assistant is committed to keeping the oversize load permit regulation information the most up-to-date.

To view more information and to sign up for a monthly membership, click here.

GA OS/OW Permit Responsibility Moves to Public Safety

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According to the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA), effective February 2017, responsibility for the Oversize Permit Unit transferred from the Georgia
Department of Transportation to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

Please note the following new contact information:

  • Mike Spurlock – Operations Coordinator, Georgia Department of Public Safety Oversize Permit Unit
    959 E Confederate Ave
    Atlanta, GA 30316
    Office: (404) 624-7528
    Fax: (404) 635-8516
    Mobile: (404) 276-6840
    Email: mspurlock@gsp.net
  • Loretta Dunham – Office Supervisor/Certified Escort Program, Georgia Department of Public Safety Oversize Permit Unit
    959 E Confederate Ave
    Atlanta, GA 30316
    Office: (404) 624-7527
    Fax: (404) 635-8516
    Email: ldunham@gsp.net
  • Arline Little – Permit Accounting/Annual Permits, Georgia Department of Public Safety Oversize Permit Unit
    959 E Confederate Ave
    Atlanta, GA 30316
    Office: (404) 624-7254
    Fax: (404) 635-8164
    Email: alittle@gsp.net

KS Wildfires Affect Oversize Load Travel

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Kansas is suffering from major wildfires and all of the counties combined have burned for over 170,000 acres.

Among the biggest county to burn is Reno County, which estimates 6,000 acres have burned.

Additional counties, including Clark, Ellis, Ellsworth, Hodgeman, Lincoln, Reno, Rooks and Russell are battling active fires, and all have resulted in road closures, some affecting oversize load travel.

These fires are a result of recent high winds.

MI: Updated Spring Weight Restrictions

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Effective 1/2 hour before sunrise on March 8th, 2017 weight restrictions will be lifted from the southern Michigan border north to and including US-12 at the Michigan/Indiana border east to I-94 in Berrien County then north and east to I-69 in Calhoun County then north on I-69 to Lansing and continuing on I-69 east to Port Huron, St. Clair County. 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 the US-12, I-94, I-69 line.
State trunkline highways typically carry M, I, or US designations.

Weight restriction information and updates may be obtained by calling 1-800-787-8960.

– 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.

Please refer to the MDOT Truck Operator’s Map for route designations.

Provided Courtesy of the Michigan Department of Transportation.

MI Spring Weight Restrictions

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Effective noon (12 p.m.) Friday, Feb. 10 weight restrictions will be imposed and enforced on all state trunk line highways from the Michigan/Indiana & Ohio line north to and including the entire stretch of I-196 in Allegan County at the US-31 junction in Holland easterly to M-6 easterly to I-96 easterly to I-96 Lansing and continuing east to Port Huron, St. Clair County.

Note that any travel underway prior to 12 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 may continue until curfew hour of 1/2 hour past sunset.

State trunkline 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 517-373-6256.

  • 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.

I-94 Bridge in North Dakota Closed

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An I-94 bridge in North Dakota near Sterling and McKenzie is closed at least for at least one month after being struck by a semi-truck.

The semi was hauling an oversize load containing a metal spool when it struck the overpass on 275th NE between Sterling Interchange at exit 182 and the McKenzie Interchange at exit 176, causing structural damage.  According to North Dakota Highway Patrol, the driver of the loud went off route from the approved one on his permits.

North Dakota Department of Transportation said repairs will take at least a month to complete.

Oversize loads such as this require special permits and route surveys to ensure safety. WCS Permits was not involved in the permitting of this load.

ODOT Reduces Wait Time on Bridge Monitors

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The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has changed the process for setting up ODOT bridge monitors.

In the past, setting up bridge monitors for for oversize loads over 13 axles took up to two weeks, but now the process has been capped at 48 hours.

This change, effective immediately, will help save costs on oversize loads and super loads moving through the state of Ohio.

Click here to view to the new policy, provided by the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA).