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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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9-6 Wide Restriction at the TN/NC Line

WCS First to Test New TN Permit System

Oversize load drivers and carriers should be aware of a travel restriction and wide load detour for loads 9-6 wide or more at the Interstate 40/Interstate 80 intersection in East Tennessee all the way to the North Carolina Line on I-40, in both east and west directions through the 11-6 Wide Restriction at the TN/NC Linecompletion of a construction project expected to be completed on or before August 31, 2018. The restriction starts Wednesday, May 2. 

The Weekly East Tennessee Construction Report says bridge repairs are the reason for the construction. The bridges being repaired include eastbound and westbound bridges over Golf Course Road (L.m. 7.17); Pigeon River (L.M. 9.76) S.R. 73; Hartford Road (L.M. 12.97) and Pigeon River (L.M. 13.10) and traffic will be affected in the following areas

  •  Between Newport and the North Carolina State Line. The repairs will occur on the section of Interstate 40 between east of Exit 435 (SR 32) and Exit 443 (Foothills Parkway). 
  • I-40 east and west near Mile Marker 440 is reduced to one lane around the clock
  • A wide load detour (11-6) is in place, and wide loads should follow signed detour route. 

If You Have Any Questions

You can check out the Weekly East Tennessee Construction Report and other information on the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) website. 

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CA Weekly Short-Term Restrictions Can be Displayed Electronically

CA Weekly Short-Term Restrictions Can be Displayed Electronically

The California DOT (Caltrans) released a memorandum on Monday, April 16 stating California Annual Permit holders can now legally display the weekly short term restrictions on an electronic device. CA Weekly Short-Term Restrictions Can be Displayed Electronically

That means, any driver in the state operating under an Annual Transportation Permit can carry and display the Weekly Short-term Restrictions Update for Annual Permit Holders (Weekly Restrictions) in either printed or electronic form. Either version must be legible and contain no alterations. 

Previously, the state of California required these restrictions to be printed each week as part of their legal CA Annual Permit.  But now, drivers can display the electronic document to any commercial vehicle law enforcement on an acceptable electronic device, including a laptop, tablet or smartphone. The California Highway Patrol will provide requirements for acceptable electronic devices, according to Caltrans. 

This marks a move in the direction of technology as drivers are utilizing those devices while on the road more and more, and moving away from paperwork, especially with the recent ELD Mandate enforcement, although this only applies to weekly restrictions. All other permit accompaniments must be printed and in the driver’s immediate possession.  

If You Have Any Questions

You can contact the Caltrans Transportation Permits office at (916) 322-1297, or view the Electronic Carry and Display: Annual Permit – Weekly Short-term Restrictions

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Illinois: Stephenson County Spring Weight Limit Update

Illinois: Stephenson County Spring Weight Limit Update

The Stephenson County (Illinois) Highway Department has removed the Spring Weight Limit Postings on Stephenson County highways as of Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Illinois: Stephenson County Spring Weight Limit Update

Please note that this change applies to county roads only.  While the Highway Commissioners for the townships within Stephenson County generally coordinate with us, it is their decision when the spring weight limit postings on their roads are removed.

This map of Stephenson County shows the current weight limit ratings for Stephenson County roads.  This map is also available on the county website, http://www.co.stephenson.il.us/highways/.  This map is also helpful in identifying individual townships and township roads.

If You Have Any Questions

The Stephenson County Highway Department can be reached at (815) 235-7497 if further assistance is needed.

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Updated Spring Weight Restrictions for Michigan

Updated Spring Weight Restrictions for Michigan

Effective noon on March 27, 2018 weight restrictions will be lifted from the southern Michigan border north to and including:Updated Spring Weight Restrictions for Michigan

    • M-46 in Ottawa County from the US-31 Business Route in the City of Muskegon
    • East to US-131 then North on US-131 to M-46
    • East to the intersection of M-25 in Port Sanilac, Sanilac 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 M-46 line.

State trunkline highways typically carry M, I, or US designations. 

Oversize Permits

– 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.

For Weight Restriction Info

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.

Detailed Weight Restriction information may be obtained by linking to www.michigan.gov/truckers.

If You Have Any Questions

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. Detailed Weight Restriction information may be obtained by linking to www.michigan.gov/truckers

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MI: Weight Restrictions to be Lifted

MI: Weight Restrictions to be Lifted

Effective Friday, March 23 at 6:00 a.m., weight restrictions will be lifted in Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (DOT) office released their Spring weight restrictions update, including the following:

  • From the southern Michigan border north to and including M-43 in Van Buren County east to I-69/I-96 in Eaton County (on the West side of Lansing)
  • Then north on I-69/I-96 in Eaton County 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 M-43, I-69 line.

More Changes Taking Effect

Additional changes to note, also effective Friday, March 23 at 6 a.m.

  • 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.

If You Have Any Questions

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. Detailed Weight Restriction information may be obtained by linking to www.michigan.gov/truckers