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IN DOT Updates to OD/OW Permitting Effective Now

IN DOT Update to OD/OW Permitting Effective July 16

The Indiana Department of Transportation and the Indiana Department of Revenue have officially made a decision on some changes to their oversize/overweight permitting program effective Monday, July 16, 2018. 

The state had proposed some major changes to steer/axle, permit times for loads over 134,000 pounds and bridge fee changes, and after some talks regarding changes with the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) and other industry groups, the state is moving forward.

Changes by INDOT include:  

  • Vehicles weighing 350,000 pounds or more will no longer be eligible for 30-day route preapprovals
  • Steer/front axle may not exceed 20,000 pounds GAW
  • All other axles may not exceed 24,000 pounds GAW
  • Bridge engineering analysis currently required for vehicles weighing 200,000 pounds or more, will now be required for vehicles weighing more than 134,000 pounds
  • Self-propelled equipment may not exceed these axles weights and all permit applications for self-propelled equipment will receive a full bridge analysis and may need to make route and other modifications

IN DOT Update to OD/OW Permitting, Effective July 16

The SC&RA had advocated for these changes to be postponed for up to six months. 

Click here for more information on the state’s oversize/overweight vehicle permitting program update. 

The state also provided the following example of permitting costs for a 134,000-pound GVW vehicle :

Route: Indianapolis to the Illinois State Line, using 1-465N from exit 42 to I-74W to Illinois.

Length = 100 miles

Number of bridges crossed = 38

Permit fees for 134,000lb GVW and greater:

= $20 base fee + $10 administrative fee + $25 design review fee + $10/bridge crossed + $0.60/mile traveled

Example = $20 + $10 + $25 + 38 bridges ($10) + 100 miles ($0.60) = $495.00

Permit fees for 200,000lb GVW and greater:

= $20 base fee + $10 administrative fee + $25 design review fee + $10/bridge crossed + $1.00/mile traveled

Example = $20 + $10 + $25 + 38 bridges ($10) + 100 miles ($1.00) = $535.00

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Conn. DOT Increases Over-Dimensional Permit Allowances

Conn. DOT Increases Over-Dimensional Permit Allowances

The Connecticut Department of Transportation announced a change in some of the restrictions that have affected travel times for various permitted loads. Conn. DOT Increases Over-Dimensional Permit Allowances

The state DOT notice included the following: 

Effective July 1, 2018, weight-based permits for indivisible loads up to 160,000 lbs. on the appropriate number of axles (up to 14′ wide) will now be considered for permits, Monday through Friday, along the entire I-95 corridor, with the following exceptions: 1. The Gold Star bridges are still restricted to legal weight only; 2. No change to divisible load movements (not permitted from New York line to Exit 18); and 3. No change to self-propelled crane (or similar vehicle) travel.

Also effective, July 1, 2018, indivisible loads that, due to their excessive dimensions, had previously been restricted to Tuesday through Thursday travel (loads 13′-6″ or wider, loads over 14′ high, or loads 120′ long and above) will now be allowed to obtain permits for travel Monday through Friday. Travel times are limited to the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This will confirm that the department’s pilot program for weekend travel of indivisible loads will be continued. Indivisible loads that are legal height, 12′ wide or less, 80′ long or less, and weigh less than 160,000 lbs. may travel on Saturday and Sunday from 30 minutes before sunrise to noon.
     
As always, the department reserves the right to limit/prohibit travel on any particular route based on adverse roadway or traffic conditions that result from highway construction/maintenance work, known geometric conditions, time-of-day travel, and known bottleneck areas.

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WCS Working with TN After New System Launch

WCS Working with TN After New System Launch

Last week, the Tennessee’s Department of Transportation transitioned from its previous online permit program, and launched a new online system, TNTRIPS after going offline for 6 days. 

And with anything new, such as a complex online permit ordering system, new can mean unexpected changes and some hiccups and bugs to work through. 

The state reached out to WCS Permits and other permit services for prior testing, and it was anticipated there would be delays and possible hiccups. As the state works through each of those after the program has been live for a week, WCS Permits is being proactive in providing feedback and communicating with the state so WCS’ 60 transportation consultants can continue to service customers in the most effective and timely way.  

The new system went live on Wednesday, May 30. 
WCS Working with TN After New System Launch

Currently, some of the challenges include time frame for receiving permits, account set-up issues and data migration from the previous program. 

Permits are taking much longer to process as bugs are being worked out. State officials outlined some rules and regulations which also play a factor, and those include:

Applications for over dimensional permits shall be submitted at least three (3) business days before the starting date of the permit; provided, however, that applications for loads defined as extra-over dimensional under Rule 1680-07-01-.12 shall be submitted at least ten (10) business days before the starting date of the permit. (b) Applications for overweight permits shall be submitted at least the following minimum number of days before the starting date of the permit:

1. For gross vehicle weights of less than 165,000 pounds, at least three (3) business days;

2. For gross vehicle weights equal to or greater than 165,000 pounds but less than 250,000 pounds, at least five (5) business days;

3. For gross vehicle weights equal to or greater than 250,000 pounds but less than 500,000 pounds, at least fifteen (15) business days;

4. For gross vehicle weights equal to or greater than 500,000 pounds, at least thirty (30) business days.

WCS has helped many customers by working directly with the state to set up an account, and/or to resubmit any prior permits – single trip or annuals – which were active in the old system, but did not transfer over to the new system.  

The state is asking that anyone checking on the status of a permit application not contact them directly with questions. WCS is making sure customers understand this and can bring up concerns with one of WCS’ transportation agents who are in communication with the state of TN directly and on a continuous basis. 

What Else Has Changed After Implementing TNTRIPS?

Additional documents can now 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. 

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Fuselage Loads Moved to Chicago O’Hare for Fire Training

Fuselage Loads Moved to Chicago O'Hare for Fire Training

The WCS Permitting team worked hard to help a customer transport the fuselage of an A380 from Addington, VA to Chicago O’Hare International Airport, where the plane will be used as a simulator for fire training. Fuselage Loads Moved to Chicago O'Hare for Fire Training

It took several loads to transport the different pieces of the fuselage – baggage storage area, economy class section, first class section and the cockpit. Two more loads transporting the engines will make its way soon to Chicago O’Hare.

Three of the four loads had similar oversize dimensions, and those were the loads transporting the main body of the fuselage. Those loaded dimensions were:

  • 100′ long, 21-5 wide, 13-6 high, 150,000 pounds on 8 axles
  • 100′ long, 21-2 wide, 13-6 high, 132,000 pounds on 8 axles
  • 100′ long, 16-11 wide, 13-6 high, 132,000 pounds on 8 axles

The nose/cone (cockpit) had loaded dimensions of 79′ long, 14-6 wide, 14-1 high, and was legal weight. 

The fuselage will be pieced back together once all loads have arrived and will be used as a simulator for live fire fighting training at the airport. The carrier will be delivering the engines soon, which were 9-6 wide loaded. 

WCS Permits worked with the carrier for weeks to permit each of the loads so they could safely make the 500 mile trip. 

9-6 wide airplane engines

 

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WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is North America’s oversize load authority. We provide various industries with oversize load permitstrip & fuel permitssuperload permits, route surveying, transportation consultingpilot car dispatching and truck safety equipment throughout the United States and Canada. We also take pride in offering some of the latest tools drivers and dispatchers need for optimal convenience, including our Permit Accompaniments App available on the App Store and Google Play, and our online permit manual, The Oversize Load Assistant. We manufacture all of our over-dimensional signage in our Los Angeles, CA sign-shop.

The company was formed in 1998 as a small Southern California-based pilot car and oversize permit service. After a few short years of providing pilot car dispatch and oversize load permits in California and the Western United States, the company further expanded its reach and grew until it was servicing the entire U.S. and Canada. 

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IN Oversize/Overweight Permitting Policy Changes Postponed

IN DOT Update to OD/OW Permitting Effective July 16

The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) confirmed some proposed changes to the state of Indiana’s oversize/overweight permitting policy have been postponed, which the association sees as a positive move for all. IN Oversize/Overweight Permitting Policy Changes Postponed

The Indiana Department of Transportation (DOT) released changes to be effective this month (June 2018), but according to the SC&RA they did receive confirmation, verbally, that the changes will be postponed for at least 6 months. 

The state DOT’s proposed changes included: 

  • Bridge analysis for vehicles weighing 134,000 pounds or more, including changes to permit applications and added time for permit approval to allow for bridge engineering analysis. This proposed change also included an additional $10 per bridge engineering analysis fee. 
  • Axle weight limits and other configuration requirements for permitted vehicles, which the state would not issue permits for vehicles exceeding axle and tire weight limits in 105 IAC 10-3-3. The limits included:
    • Front axle of the truck or tractor power unit: 17,600 pounds gross axle weight (GAW) or 800 pounds per inch of tire width measured at the flanges (whichever is less)
    • All other axles: 20,000 pounds GAW
    • If the permitted vehicle will operate solely on interstate highways, U.S. highways or other lane state systems, such as 2-lane highways if necessary to reach these highways or the permitted destination, one tandem group may have a GAW up to 48,000 pounds (2 axles each with a GAW up to 24,000 pounds).

Click here for more information on the state’s oversize/overweight vehicle permitting program update. 

SC&RA said their conversation with the IN DOR (Department of Revenue) – which houses the permit issuing office – Chief Operating Officer was a positive one in which the COO was understanding of the organization’s concerns for its members and how these changes could affect them. 

The IN DOT houses the bridge engineering staff that would be involved in bridge analysis should these proposed changes become a reality. 

At this point, there is no approved reversal of some or all of the proposed changes, but the SC&RA has helped buy some time in which the state can review and potentially reverse what is being proposed, with the help of Indiana State Senator Brian Buchanan and Indiana Trucking Association’s Gary Langston.

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SC&RA Clarifies “Nondivisible Load” Interpretations

SC&RA Clarifies "Nondivisible Load" Interpretations

The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) recently received clarification from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on the definition of “nondivisible loads.” SC&RA Clarifies "Nondivisible Load" Interpretations

The FHWA sent a formal letter in response to the SC&RA in April stating, “the word ‘or’ at the end of (ii) means that a load that meets any one or more of the three definitions shall be considered nondivisible.”

According to an article posted to the SC&RA’s website, the Federal Definition 23 CFR 658.5 – Nondivisible means any load or vehicle exceeding applicable length or weight limits which, if separated into smaller loads or vehicles, would:

(i) compromise the intended use of the vehicle, i.e., make it unable to perform the function for which it was intended:
(ii) Destroy the value of the load or vehicle, i.e., make it unusable for its intended purpose; or
(iii) Require more than 8 workhours to dismantle using appropriate equipment.

In regards to iii, this means loads can be defined as “nondivisible” if the removal of the objects will make the load unable to perform the function and/or unusable. 

SC&RA is working to send the response to all states to develop uniformity.  

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WCS First to Test New TN Online Permit System

WCS First to Test New TN Permit System

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. 
TN to Experience Permit Issuance Outage Until 5/30 at the Latest

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.

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OH State Border Oversize Load Restriction

OH State Border Oversize Load Restriction

Ohio state Department of Transportation (DOT) officials released preliminary warnings about an upcoming oversize load travel OH State Border Oversize Load Restrictionrestriction at the Ohio/Kentucky border on I-275 beginning in June. 

Restrictions will be in place beginning June 11 through December 12, 2019. 

Entering Ohio from Kentucky will have the following restriction:

  • 10’ wide
  • 75’ overall length
  • 120,000 lbs.

Traveling from Ohio into Kentucky will also have a weight restriction of 120,000 lbs. No dimensions will be restricted, however.

The state has not released too many details on the reason for these restrictions, other than that they are construction related. The state anticipates it will publish more info on its website as the restriction start date gets closer. 

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TN to Experience Permit Issuance Outage for 6 Days

WCS First to Test New TN Permit System

Tennessee’s Department of Transportation’s TOOPS online permit program will leave customers without the ability to obtain an oversize/overweight permit for up to 6 days. TN to Experience Permit Issuance Outage Until 5/30 at the Latest

The state DOT has a message posted upon logging into the online permitting system, TOOPS, which states: 

“Notice Of Extend Permit Issuance Outage Effective at the close of business on 5/24/18 through 5/30/18 TDOT will take TOOPS off-line to begin the implementation of a new permit system. You will not have access to enter permits and we will not have access to process permits. We will open for issuance of permits on 5/30/18 at the latest.”

Anyone with an 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. 

The downtime will allow the Tennessee Overweight & Oversize Office to migrate from the current TOOPS system to a new system, TNTRIPS. The state overweight/over-dimensional permit office released a memo noting a few things which can be done to plan for the outage and a few answers to some common questions: 

  • Plan ahead – download all permits and apply early for any permits needed
  • There are no exceptions and NO permits will be issued during this time
  • All company information will be migrated from TOOPS to TNTRIPS
  • Active single trip permits and annual permits will be migrated to TNTRIPS

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. 

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is here 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.

 

 

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PA Turnpike Toll Changes

PA Turnpike Toll Changes

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission released updates via a news release regarding toll changes on the PA Turnpike effective April 29. PA Turnpike Toll Changes

Drivers traveling along the PA Turnpike’s Northeastern Extension (I-476) in Lackawanna County and on the Southern Beltway in Washington and Allegheny counties will notice changes in how tolls are collected. 

Changes will occur on Sunday,  April 29, 2018 at Clarks Summit and Keyser Avenue, and later this spring at the Findlay Connector.  These changes include:

  • A new cashless toll-collection system;
  • New toll rates reflecting a 2018 increase;
  • A new vehicle-classification system; and
  • New procedures for over-dimensional permits.

Cashless tolling affects traditional procedures for vehicles with over-dimensional permits.  The following are the new procedures for over-dimensional vehicles traveling through cashless tolling locations:

  • Permits are still requested online at www.paturnpike.com.
  • Drivers are required to carry a printed copy of the approved permit they requested online.
  • Drivers no longer stop at toll plazas to process permits and pay tolls.
  • Tolls are paid with E-ZPass or PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE (invoice mailed to the vehicles’ registered owner).
  • Drivers should always review the “Route & Permit Restrictions” and “Comments” sections of the permit prior to travel for special instructions and messages, including lane assignments when applicable.

These new procedures are in effect at the following cashless tolling locations:

  • Delaware River Bridge (I-276, Exit 359)
  • Beaver Valley Expressway (I-376, all toll plazas)
  • Clarks Summit (I-476, Exit 130) *Effective April 29, 2018
  • Keyser Avenue (I-476, Exit 121) *Effective April 29, 2018
  • Findlay Connector (PA Turnpike 576) *Scheduled spring 2018

Drivers are still required to follow both traditional and new procedures when a trip includes travel on both the ticket system and through cashless tolling locations.  Traditional procedures require drivers to apply for permits online, stop at toll plazas to process permits and do not allow for payment of tolls with E-ZPass.

If You Have Any Questions

For general information about cashless tolling, visit www.nocashzone.com.  For additional information about over-dimensional permit procedures at cashless tolling locations, call the PA Turnpike Customer Assistance Center at 800-331-3414.

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