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I-440 Bridge Construction in Nashville to Impact Traffic, Oversize Travel

I-440 Bridge Construction in Nashville to Impact Traffic, Oversize Travel

The I-440 rehabilitation project has been underway for some time with intermittent shoulder and lane closures during the day, but the major phase of the project will begin in February 2019 which will significantly impact traffic and restrict oversize load travel. I-440 Bridge Construction in Nashville to Impact Traffic, Oversize Travel

The improvements are focused at repaving and replacing the road surface, and will take place on I-440 bridge over I-65 with the total contract nearing $150 million. Traffic will be impacted, but TN Department of Transportation (TDOT) ensured construction would not require a full closure.

At this time, TDOT has not released a width, height or weight limit for oversize vehicles, but due to specific lane closures and construction delays are anticipated, which  could get longer with oversize transport. 

February 2019

Barrier rail will be installed in late February 2019, which will reduce the number of travel lanes throughout the corridor, allowing work to begin on the concrete surface and the median. The closures are scheduled as follows.

  • Daytime: two lanes of travel open in each direction between 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
  • Nighttime: one lane of travel open in each direction between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

The lane reductions will be in place for the duration of the project. No shoulders will be available during the construction. TDOT is working on emergency response and response time for any emergencies. 

The project will overhaul I-440 after years of deterioration and a temporary resurfacing earlier this year, and also includes new lighting installations, sound wall construction and laying fiber optic lines. Exit ramps at Murphy Road and Hillsboro Pike will also be improved.

Construction is expected to last until August 2020. 

TDOT provided more information on the I-440 project, including a timeline. 

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars works closely with the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission and the New York DOT and will advise customers during this period. The alternative route to help vehicles cross the Niagara River is via the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge. 

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready 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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November Holidays: Oversize Travel Restrictions

November Holidays: Oversize Travel Restrictions

Oversize load travel restrictions and department of transportation (DOT) oversize/overweight permit office closures are available for truck drivers and dispatchers to plan ahead for some upcoming holidays in November. November Holidays: Oversize Travel Restrictions

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. Every DOT oversize permit office is open, and most states post no travel restrictions with the exception of the New York City permit office.

Veteran’s Day is observed on Monday, November 12 and a majority of state permit offices are closed, and several have oversize travel restrictions including no oversize travel allowed on Nov. 12.

 Thanksgiving Day is observed on Thursday, November 22. All state permit offices are closed with a majority also closed on Friday, November 23. Most states have travel restrictions in place for the holiday, with some starting as early as Tuesday, November 20. 

Some states also note a specific height, width and length restriction for Thanksgiving. 

WCS contacts each state to obtain the most accurate holiday closure information, although some states post updates while other states don’t publish or give out oversize travel restrictions until closer to the holiday. Updates will be posted as each state makes them available so it’s important to check back in for updates. 

WCS Permits puts together a list of oversize load travel restrictions and oversize permit office closures by state for every major holiday. 

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Nevada Permit Office Closed for Nevada Day

Nevada Permit Office Closed for Nevada Day

The state of Nevada’s Commercial Vehicle Permits Office will be closed on Friday, Oct. 26 in observance of Nevada Day. No oversize/overweight permits will be issued on that day and office staff will not be available to answer any permit related questions or to begin processing new applications.

The state office will resume normal business hours Monday, Oct. 29.  Nevada Permit Office Closed for Nevada Day

No oversize/overweight travel restrictions are listed on Nevada’s holiday oversize travel restrictions page. It is only noted that the permit office will be closed. 

Most of the state’s government departments and agencies will be closed to observe Nevada Day, which commemorates states entry into the Union as the 36th state on October 31, 1864. Every year Nevada Day is celebrated on the last Friday in October. 

In the state’s capital, Carson City, there will be a parade and other family-oriented festivities. 

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars works closely with the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission and the New York DOT and will advise customers during this period. The alternative route to help vehicles cross the Niagara River is via the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge. 

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready 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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Peace Bridge Overwidth and Overweight Construction Restrictions

Peace Bridge OS/OW Construction Restrictions

Beginning Monday, Oct. 15, the Peace Bridge center lane will be closed to complete the final phase of the Peace Bridge Rehabilitation project and oversize and overweight vehicles will be prohibited from crossing. Peace Bridge OS/OW Construction Restrictions

The construction is expected to conclude on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, and for the 7 month period, no oversize or overweight vehicles will be allowed on the bridge. That means any vehicles operating under overwidth or overweight permits will not be able to access the bridge in either direction. Vehicles that are 11′ wide or over, 15’6″ tall, over 130,000 pounds or over 60′ long require oversize load permits. 

Any vehicles meeting normal Ontario Highway Traffic Act or New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) size and weight limits will not be affected.

The Peace Bridge is an international bridge between Canada and the United States at the east end of Lake Erie at the source of the Niagara River, about 20 kilometers upriver of Niagara Falls. It connects Buffalo, New York, in the United States to Fort Erie, Ontario, in Canada. The bridge is owned and operatred by the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority, and has been since 1933. 

Although the Peace Bridge has been undergoing construction for years, with the upcoming period being the final phase, all three lanes of the bridge were open during the past Summer to accomodate more travelers. At that time, oversize and overweight vehicles were allowed to travel.  

The $100 million rehabilitation project will complete once this last phase of construction is over in may. 

For More Information

For more information on the upcoming construction, contact the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission online or by phone at 905-354-5641, ext. 4161 or at 716-285-6322, ext. 4161. 

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars works closely with the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission and the New York DOT and will advise customers during this period. The alternative route to help vehicles cross the Niagara River is via the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge. 

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready 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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FL Permit Office Closed as Hurricane Michael Makes Landfall

FL Permit Office Closed as Storm Preparations Continue

The state of Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) permit office is closed until at least Friday, Oct. 12 after Hurricane Michael made landfall Wednesday.  FL Permit Office Closed as Storm Preparations Continue

The category 4 storm hit the Florida coastline late Wednesday just after 1 p.m. with more heavy rain, high winds and debris expected for days to come.

A state of emergency has been issued for North Carolina, Florida and Alabama. In North Carolina, strong winds are expected for 36 hours with the heaviest rain expected late Thursday morning. Since Monday, all three states have had some level of power outages, wind damage and debris from high winds and heavy rain. 

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey have issued an emergency declaration which will allow truck drivers providing direct assistance to storm-affected areas to operate outside of normal hours of service regulations during the transportation of goods, supplies and services in the aftermath of the storm. 

The emergency declaration further authorizes the state to help respond to the storm and prevents price gouging in areas requesting goods and other assistance. 

Restrictions on heavy vehicles, including trucks, are also waived while the declaration is in place.  

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Permanent Closure of Long Beach Oversize Load Route

Permanent Closure of Long Beach Oversize Load Route

The Port of Long Beach (POLB) plans to close 9th Street where it crosses the railroad tracks near Pico Avenue, a frequently used oversize load route, which is critical for transporting large loads to and from the Long Beach Port.Permanent Closure of Long Beach Oversize Load Route

The closure of 9th Street at-grade railroad crossing could begin in late 2018, and the roadway will not reopen except for oversize trucks that have prescheduled access and are accompanied by CHP escort, according to a fact sheet published by the POLB. 

Furthermore, the fact sheet noted that keeping the 9th street at-grade railroad crossing open to vehicle traffic hampers railroad operations. The closure is expected to allow for the construction of two additional rail lines along Pico Avenue.

POLB is hosting a status update meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 11 a.m., which is open to the public. Discussion of the closure is the main topic, however other topics including post closure oversize permits are on the agenda. Truckers and other industry officials are expected to be in attendance to voice concerns.  

There is a specific alternate route proposed as well as other routes which can handle oversize cargo at the port, which is the largest on the West Coast, for travel if the closure happens but is in some cases inadequate. 

Status Update Meeting 

What: POLB Status Update for the Closure of 9th Street
When: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 11:00 AM-1:00 PM PST
Where: 725 Harbor Plaza L.B. – POLB Maintenance Division Ground Floor Conference Room – Park Outside Fence and Enter @ Pedestrian Gate

Click here for directions to the POLB Maintenance Division. 

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars will have representation at the meeting. Companies affected by the closure are encouraged to attend. 

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NC: Florence Road Closure, Detour Update

North Carolina Road Closures, Detours Post Florence

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is still advising motorists not to travel through southerneastern or south central parts of the state, including sections of I-95 and I-40 which are still flooded. North Carolina Road Closures, Detours Post Florence

It is also unsafe for the public to get to and from Wilmington.  

As the days pass since Florence struck the Carolinas, the DOT is working to open some sections, and is still keeping an eye on other areas still affected by flooding. 

NCDOT released a statement on Thursday, Sept. 20 that lists the following counties as unsafe for motorists to travel in due to flooding. Those counties include:

  • Bladen
  • Brunswick
  • Columbus, 
  • Western Craven (west of US 17)
  • Cumberland
  • Duplin
  • Harnett
  • Hoke
  • southern Johnston (south of 70)
  • Jones 
  • Lenoir
  • New Hanover
  • Pender
  • Robeson
  • Sampson
  • Scotland
  • southern Wayne (south of 70 Business)

NCDOT recommends some less likely flooded routes when traveling is essential, including the following.

From Raleigh to Kinston

  • I-440 to US 64 East
  • US 264 East to NC 11 South in Greenville
  • Continue on NC 11 South to Kinston

From Raleigh to New Bern

  • I-440 to US 64 East
  • Take Exit 436 to US 264 East
  • US 264 East through Greenville to Washington
  • In Washtington, take US 264 East to US 17 South
  • US 17 South to New Bern

From Raleigh to Havelock

  • I-440 to US 64 East
  • Take Exit 436 to US 264 East
  • US 264 East through Greenville to Washington
  • In Washington, take US 264 East to US 17 South
  • US 17 South to New Bern
  • In New Bern, take US 17 South to US 70 East
  • US 70 East to Havelock

From Raleigh to Morehead City

  • I-440 to US 64 East
  • Take Exit 436 to US 264 East
  • US 264 East through Greenville to Washington
  • In Washington, take US 264 East to US 17 South
  • US 17 South to New Bern
  • In New Bern, take US 17 South to US 70 East
  • US 70 East through Havelock to Morehead City

From Raleigh to Jacksonville

  • I-440 to US 64 East
  • Take Exit 436 to US 264 East
  • US 264 East through Greenville to Washington
  • In Washington, take US 264 East to US 17 South
  • US 17 South to New Bern
  • In New Bern, take US 17 South to US 70 East
  • US 70 East through Havelock to Morehead City
  • In Morehead City take US 70 east to NC 24 West
  • NC 24 West through Swansboro to Jacksonville

The state released a List of Roads Affected by the Storm and Roadway Conditions by County

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States, FMCSA Issue Waivers & Emergency Declarations

States, FMCSA Issue Waivers & Emergency Declarations

As Hurricane Florence nears the U.S., several states have individually released a declaration of States, FMCSA Issue Waivers & Emergency Declarations emergency while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released a regional emergency declaration which warrant specific exemptions including the temporary waiver of oversize/overweight permit fees.

FMCSA Regional Declaration

The FMCSA’s Regional Emergency Declaration includes Delaware, District of Colombia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia and applies to motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance to the emergency in the affected states and jurisdictions in direct support of relief efforts for Hurricane Florence. 

North Carolina

North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper has issued a state of emergency (Executive Order No. 52) and temporary suspension of motor vehicle regulations to ensure restoration of utility services and transporting essentials due to the potential impacts from Hurricane Florence. 

Specifically pertaining to oversize load transport, the executive order, says the DPS (Department of Public Safety), in conjunction with the DOT (Department of Transportation), shall waive certain size and weight restrictions and penalties arising under N.C. Gen. State. 20-116, 20-118 and 20-119. And the DPS shall temporarily suspend weighing vehicles used to transport livestock, poultry or crops ready to be harvested and feed to livestock and poultry in the emergency area.

However, size and weight restrictions and penalties, and oversize load restrictions, have not been waived under the following conditions:

  • When the vehicle weight exceeds the maximum gross weight criteria established by the manufacturer (GVWR) or 90,000 pounds gross weight, whichever is less.
  • When the tandem axle weight exceeds 42,000 pounds and the single axle weight exceeds 22,000 pounds.
  • When a vehicle and vehicle combination exceed twelve (12) feet in width and the total, overall vehicle combination’s length exceeds seventy-five (75) feet from bumper to bumper.
  • Vehicles and vehicle combinations subject to exemptions or permits by authority of this Executive Order shall not be exempt from the requirement having (1) a yellow banner on the front and rear that is seven (7) feet long and eighteen (18) inches wide and bears the legend “Oversize Load” in ten (10) inch black letters 1.5 inches wide and two (2) red flags measuring eighteen (18) inches square on all sides at the widest point of the load. In addition, when operating between sunset and sunrise, a certified escort shall be required for loads exceeding eight (8) feet, six (6) inches in width. 

Read the full executive order here.

Kentucky

Kentucky’s Declaration of Emergency states truck drivers will not be held to hours of service standards if transporting relief supplies such as food, water, medicine or fuel.

The order additionally states that any repair vehicles providing relief during Hurricane Florence will be exempt from permit fees for overweight/over-dimensional vehicles. 

Read Kentucky’s declaration here

Virginia

The state of Virginia issued a temporary waiver of registration and licensing requirements for carrier, and the Commissioner of Highways authorizes a temporary waiver of normal weight and width restrictions on roads controlled by the Virginia Department of Transportation, for the express purpose of ensuring that emergency essential supplies and services reach impacted areas. The waiver is effective through Oct. 10, 2018 at 5 p.m and only pertains to statewide shippers and carriers associated with emergency relief efforts.

Loads are, however, restricted to a maximum of 12-feet wide as long as they follow the hauling permit regulations and safety guidelines. 

View the complete waiver here

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NC Declares State of Emergency, Limited Extension

NC Declares State of Emergency, Limited Extension

North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper has issued a state of emergency (Executive Order No. 52) and temporary suspension of motor vehicle regulations to ensure restoration of utility services and transporting essentials due to the potential impacts from Hurricane Florence. NC Declares State of Emergency, Limited Extension

The executive order allows for certain size and weight restrictions and penalties to be waived, however does not waive certain oversize load requirements including oversize load banner and oversize load flag requirements. 

The state foresees that the potential impacts from Hurricane Florence will require the transportation of vehicles bearing equipment and supplies for utility restoration and debris removal, carrying essentials such as food and medicine, transporting livestock and poultry and feed for livestock and poultry, and transporting poultry and crops ready to be harvested through North Carolina highways.

Specifically pertaining to oversize load transport, the executive order, says the DPS (Department of Public Safety), in conjunction with the DOT (Department of Transportation), shall waive certain size and weight restrictions and penalties arising under N.C. Gen. State. 20-116, 20-118 and 20-119. And the DPS shall temporarily suspend weighing vehicles used to transport livestock, poultry or crops ready to be harvested and feed to livestock and poultry in the emergency area.

However, size and weight restrictions and penalties, and oversize load restrictions, have not been waived under the following conditions:

  • When the vehicle weight exceeds the maximum gross weight criteria established by the manufacturer (GVWR) or 90,000 pounds gross weight, whichever is less.
  • When the tandem axle weight exceeds 42,000 pounds and the single axle weight exceeds 22,000 pounds.
  • When a vehicle and vehicle combination exceed twelve (12) feet in width and the total, overall vehicle combination’s length exceeds seventy-five (75) feet from bumper to bumper.
  • Vehicles and vehicle combinations subject to exemptions or permits by authority of this Executive Order shall not be exempt from the requirement having (1) a yellow banner on the front and rear that is seven (7) feet long and eighteen (18) inches wide and bears the legend “Oversize Load” in ten (10) inch black letters 1.5 inches wide and two (2) red flags measuring eighteen (18) inches square on all sides at the widest point of the load. In addition, when operating between sunset and sunrise, a certified escort shall be required for loads exceeding eight (8) feet, six (6) inches in width. 

Additionally, oversize load vehicles will be exempt from paying the $50 trip permit fee while the order is in place.

Read the full executive order here.

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Electronic Oversize Permits Now Accepted by More States

Electronic Oversize Permits Now Accepted by More States

More states are now allowing drivers to carry and display oversize load permits electronically on screens seven-inches or larger, instead of having to carry hard, paper copies.

Carrying and disElectronic Oversize Permits Now Accepted by More Statesplaying oversize/overweight load permits electronically will provide convenience for those drivers who use a smart phone, tablet or laptop to conduct business. Some smart phones and most tablets meet the seven-inch screen requirement.

Drivers are taking caution as those who rely on smart phones only to show electronic permits in states allowed must be within their data carriers service area. If out of the coverage area, the driver will be considered as having no permit.

Below is the breakdown of where each state sits on electronic versus paper permits:

AL — Must have a paper permit

AK — Must be able to show permit regardless of service area or will be considered to have no permit

AZ — Signed paper copy only, no plans to change

AR — Electronic permits allowed on seven-inch screen or larger

CA — Paper copy only at this time

CO — Electronic permit allowed, no minimum screen size

CT — Electronic verification of permit is acceptable.  The driver must be able to produce the permit on an electronic devise to show enforcement if pulled over. 

DE — Must have paper permit, state does not allow electronic hand held devices at all per state law

FL — Electronic permits are allowed with no minimum screen size, although blanket permits must be a paper copy

GA — Must have paper permit

HI – Must have paper permit

ID – Must have paper permit

IL — Electronic permits are acceptable on smart phone, tablet or computer

IN — Electronic permits are acceptable, no screen minimum requirements

IA — Electronic permits are acceptable, no screen minimum requirements

KS — State law says paper permits only, however some highway patrol will accept electronic permits with permit number

KY — Law reads must have a copy but if pulled over they will accept an electronic copy.

LA — Electronic permits are acceptable, no screen minimum requirements

ME — Must have paper permit

MD — Electroic permits acceptable on smart phone or tablet.

MA — Must have paper permit

MI — Must have paper permit

MN – Electronic permits are acceptable, must be readable, no screen requirement noted

MS — Electronic permits are acceptable, no screen size or device requirement

MO — Electronic permits are acceptable, no screen size or device requirement

MT —  Electronic permits are acceptable, no screen size or device requirement

NE —  Electronic permits are acceptable, no screen size or device requirement

NV — Must have paper permit

NH — Electronic permits are acceptable if permit can be signed electronically only

NJ — Paper copy recommended

NM — Electronic permits are acceptable

NY — Must have paper permit

NY THRU — Must have paper permit

NC — Electronic permits are acceptable, no screen size or device requirement

ND — Electronic permits are acceptable, no screen size or device requirement

OH — Must have paper permit

OK — Must have paper permit

OR — Scales accept electronic permits, but the state police still have the right to require paper permit

PA — Must have paper permit

RI — Up to officer’s discretion, it is advised to carry paper even with electronic permit

SC — Must have paper permit

SD — Must have paper permit, but looking to change to electronic in near future

TN — Electronic permits are acceptable

TX — Up to law enforcement’s discretion, paper copy is still recommended

UT – Electronic permits are acceptable, no screen size or device requirement

VT — Electronic permits are acceptable, no screen size or device requirement

VA — Electronic permits are acceptable

WA — May have it upload to phone or tablet but it must be signed.

WV — Electroic permits acceptable on smart phone or tablet.

WI — Must have paper permit, farmers can show their no cost permits electronically

WY — Must have paper permit