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State Permit Offices Closed Due to Inclement Weather

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Here is a current list of state oversize permit offices that are closed due to the storms for today, Wednesday, February 17, 2021. While state offices are closed, no new oversize load or wide load permits will be processed. Everyone at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is staying in close communication with all states affected by the weather. We will update as we gather more information and updates that come in.

Arkansas 

The Permit Office will be closed on Wednesday, February 17 due to inclement weather. 

Oklahoma 

Effective Tuesday, February 16 and Wednesday, February 17 due to inclement weather the size & weight permit offices will be closed. The Commissioner of Public Safety has declared that due to incoming inclement weather, no movement of permitted loads will be allowed Sunday, February 14th through Wednesday, February 17th, 2021.  

Texas

 The permit office will be closed Wednesday, February 17. 

Oregon

Due to the winter storm over the weekend, some motor carrier services are curtailed today:

  • Our office at Jantzen Beach in Portland is closed due to a power outage. No appointments are allowed.
  • The scale at Woodburn on I-5 south of Portland is currently closed due to a power outage.
  • The Salem Registration Office has limited staff. Carriers should anticipate delays when calling in.
  • The Over-Dimension Permit Office is open, but has a backlog of single-trip permits to work through. Your application will be processed in the order received.

The Commerce and Compliance Division would like to remind carriers of the following during winter conditions:

  • Oregon’s chain law applies to all highways throughout the state. When you drive in winter conditions, you may see signs telling you to carry chains or traction tires and when you are required to use them.
  • Movement of oversize loads is not authorized when conditions are hazardous. It is the driver’s responsibility to determine if local road conditions are hazardous, unless the Department of Transportation has closed or posted signs on the highway displaying restrictions due to weather/road conditions in the area.

WCS Permits First to Test New TN Online Permit System

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Tennessee’s Department of Transportation’s TOOPS online permit program went offline on 5/24, leaving customers without the ability to obtain an oversize/overweight permit for a period of up to 6 days while the state implements its new oversize load permit system, TNTRIPS.

The state reached out to WCS Permits and its staff to test the new online permitting system, and although delays are expected, WCS’ 60 plus transportation agents are ready to assist during the transition.

The system is not live yet, but it is expected to be no later than Wednesday, May 30.

The state announced the change to the public via a message posted upon logging into the online permitting system, TOOPS, although it worked with WCS so they were aware, briefed and eventually trained on the new system. At that time, they also let people know the specifics of the migration and the need to upgrade to a smarter and more efficient online permit order and tracking system.

Anyone with a direct account with the state and access to the TOOPS system will have to wait until the new system is live on or before Wednesday, 5/30 to process and order new permits – either single trip permits or annual permits. During the migration, no permits can be submitted, purchased or viewed.

What Can be Expected with the New TNTRIPS?

The biggest change noted with the migration to TNTRIPS is that additional documents can be attached to permit applications as needed, such as route surveys, THP Request forms and Certificates of Insurance. Also, insurance will be required within the first 30 days once the new system is live. The permit office said additionally that they hope the new system improved the overall permitting process, with extra staff on hand the first 2 weeks for help during the transition.

It is reminded that all company information will be migrated from TOOPS to TNTRIPS, and any active single trip permits and annual permits will be migrated to TNTRIPS. Any questions or issues from customers will be handled by WCS Permits staff.

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 WCS Online now or call WCS at (888) 737-6483 to reach our customer service department. One of WCS’ experienced transportation agents 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

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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.

STATES AFFECTED BY THE CYCLONE

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 IS HERE TO HELP!

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.

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

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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.

TN Oversize Load Curfew Changes

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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.

WCS to Attend & Exhibit at SC&RA Transportation Symposium

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WCS Permits will attend and exhibit at the 2015 Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) Specialized Transportation Symposium March 3-6 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Ga.

The attendance at this year’s show will include over 440 specialized carriers, state and federal government officials, researchers, vendors and suppliers. This year’s participation is expected to surpass 2014.

On Thursday, March 5, the exhibit center will open from 11:30 – 2:30. Team WCS will showcase its online permit system for quick permit viewing and ordering, as well as other technology strengths in their Permit Attachments App and the Oversize Load Assistant.

With thousands of downloads on iTunes and Google Play, the free Permit Attachments App displays attachment info by state and Canadian province.

The Oversize Load Assistant is an online and mobile-friendly tool available by monthly subscription. Users are able to view extensive oversize load information by regulations, state or province and can find multi–state regulations in one search. Available regulation categories include annuals, frost laws, legal dimensions and weight, load attachments and permit fees.

Additionally, WCS is an event sponsor and will be recognized throughout the show and on the SC&RA event website.

Throughout the event, regional and state highway and transportation officials, such as SC&RA’s Permit Policy Committee and the Pilot Car Task Force, will meet to discuss issues facing the transportation industry.

WCS Permits has been an active member of the SC&RA for years.