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Louisiana: Mardi Gras Travel Restrictions

Louisiana: Mardi Gras Travel Restrictions

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development’s Secretary, Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D., announced Louisiana: Mardi Gras Travel Restrictionsoversize load travel restrictions for Mardi Gras 2018, which will affect travel and the issuing of oversize load permits from Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 through Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

Specifically, the announcement said oversize and overweight vehicle movement, with the exception of permit loads that qualify for 24 hour movement, will be prohibited on all state highways in selected areas (i.e., New Orleans, Lafayette, Houma, Lake Charles and New Roads) on Saturday, February 10, 2018 through Tuesday, February 13, 2018 in observance of the Mardi Gras season.

  1. Parishes of Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard (including the interstates)
  2. Within the city limits of Lafayette, with the exception of 1-10
  3. Within the city limits and surrounding area of New Roads
  4. Within the city limits and surrounding area of Houma
  5. Within the city limits and surrounding area of Lake Charles, with the exception of 1-10 and 1-210

Wilson said the decision was made in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety, Office of State Police, to provide maximum safety for motorists traveling on State highways during this season.

The Louisiana Truck Permit Office will remain open Monday, February 12 and Tuesday, February 13, 2018 for the issuance of oversize load permits outside of the designated areas.

If You Have Any Questions

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is here to help you! If you have any questions regarding Mardi Gras road closures or about the LA DOT permit office, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to reach our customer service department. One of our experienced specialists can help you with any needs and questions that you may have or direct you to the expert who can.

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Winter Storm Inga Permit Delays, Travel Restrictions

Winter Storm Inga Permit Delays, Travel Restrictions

Winter Storm Inga has hit the Eastern U.S. and some states have oversize permit delays and oversize travel restrictions as icy roads make it hard for commercial vehicles to safely travel. Winter Storm Inga Permit Delays, Travel Restrictions

The state of Virginia issued a severe weather warning for today, through 6 p.m. EST. The state’s notice also warned of slippery and icy roads with some areas of the state surpassing 3 inches of snow. 

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued a state of emergency and an executive order and urged state residents to stay indoors. The executive order waived truck weight, size and hours of serve for the movement of supplies and equipment during the emergency. 

South Carolina also has a winter weather advisory in effect, but no specific order was issued.

PERMIT OFFICE CLOSURES & DELAYS

Some state permit offices are also closed or running a skeleton crew. Louisiana – although significantly West to the storm – is still experiencing freezing roads due to the subfreezing temperatures and the state permit office is not issuing permits on Wednesday, Jan, 17. 

Virginia is running a skeleton crew so delays in oversize load permit issuing is expected. 

Both Arkansas and Texas are not issuing oversize load permits until the storm passes as there are quite a few routes commercial vehicles and motorists are unable to travel on. Arkansas is continuing to update weather conditions and routes here. 

STAY UP-TO-DATE

Although the storm is expected to lighten by evening (on Wednesday, Jan. 17), there may be some refreezing roads Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Many states may continue to have delays in oversize load permit issuing as travel is still not safe on certain roads and highways.

For updates on Winter Storm Inga from the Carolinas to Maine as icy roads linger, you can visit Weather.com.  

WCS will continue to update this article with delays in the issuing of oversize load permits or any state permit office closures as a result of the storm. 

If You Have Any Questions

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is here to help you! If you have any questions regarding the Winter Storm Inga and DOT permit office closures, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to reach our customer service department. One of our experienced specialists can help you with any needs and questions that you may have or direct you to the expert who can.

In business since 1998, WCS has grown to be North America’s oversize load authority with five offices nationwide, including our Corporate Headquarters in Los Angeles, California, plus two Ohio locations, New York and Tennessee. With over 60 permit agents (including Spanish speaking permit agents), WCS is the national leader when it comes to super load permitspilot car dispatching, trip & fuel permits, route surveys and equipment sales, in addition to the everyday workload of oversize load permitsContact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to see how WCS Permits & Pilot Cars can help you!

 

 

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Bomb Cyclone Results in State Permit Closures & Travel Restrictions

Bomb Cyclone Results in State Office Closures

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. Bomb Cyclone Results in State Office Closures

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 oversize load travel restrictions, road closures, in some counties listed here. 

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. 

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Changes to Annual Permits in Texas

Changes to Annual Permits in Texas

Effective Wednesday, December 20, The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) permit department is moving to a centralized mail process for annual permits issued through the Texas Permitting and Routing Optimization System (TxPROS). 

Any permits that must be mailed will be sent via U.S. Postal Service (USPS) First Class Mail, according to the Texas DMV. Changes to Annual Permits in Texas

ADDITIONAL CHANGES

Also effective on Wednesday, December 20 is changes to self-issue dimensions in TxPROS.

TxPROS users can now self-issue permits up to the following dimensions:

  • 20-feet wide
  • 18-feet, 11-inches high
  • 125-feet long
  • 199,999 pounds gross weight

Prior to December 20, permits could only be self-issued with the following dimensions:

  • 16-feet wide
  • 16-feet, 6-inches high
  • 110-feet long
  • 180,000 pounds gross weight

WCS IS HERE TO HELP! 

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is here to help with all questions relating to over-dimensional, heavy haul trucking. We will do our best to keep you up-to-date on Winter load increase dates. WCS can also answer any questions you may have about Winter weight increase permits, 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. 

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Christmas & New Year’s Oversize Travel Restrictions & Closures

Martin Luther King Jr. Oversize Travel Restrictions

The state Department of Transportation (DOT) offices have released their Christmas (Monday, Dec. 25, 2017) and New Year’s Day (Monday, Jan. 1, 2018) holiday oversize load travel restrictions and permit office closures. While most states’ information is out, some states will release new info, make changes and/or updates between now and Christmas Eve. 

WCS is committed to continually updating this closure list to keep all up-to-date on changes and updates, but each changes may be made by states without notice to WCS and it is urged that all state blanket holiday restrictions are checked, as well as annual Christmas & New Year's Oversize Travel Restrictionspermits. 

Key Closures & Restrictions

While most state permit offices are closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day – Monday, Dec. 25 and Monday, Jan. 1 – there are some states with closures the day after Christmas on Tuesday, Dec. 26 and the day after New Year’s on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Some states, such as California, only instate oversize travel restrictions when a pilot car is required. 

There are only a few states, including Colorado, Idaho and Kansas which list no travel restrictions. A decent percentage of states only list closures on the actual holiday – both Christmas and New Year’s Day. 

Visit WCS Permits’ holiday closures page to view the full Christmas and New Year’s Day permit office closure and oversize travel restriction list. 

Stay Up-to-Date

Those wishing to be notified when a new closure list updated is released can do so by subscribing to the WCS Permits & Pilot Cars e-club. The subscribe area is located in the footer of the WCS Permits’ website homepage. Subscribers will be sent important industry information including state oversize permit regulations, holiday closure lists, WCS company news and sales on truck safety products, including over-dimensional signage. 

If You Have Any Questions

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is here to help you! If you have any questions regarding the Christmas & New Year’s travel restrictions and DOT permit office closures, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to reach our customer service department. One of our experienced specialists can help you with any needs and questions that you may have or direct you to the expert who can.

In business since 1998, WCS has grown to be North America’s oversize load authority with five offices nationwide, including our Corporate Headquarters in Los Angeles, California, plus two Ohio locations, New York and Tennessee. With over 60 permit agents (including Spanish speaking permit agents), WCS is the national leader when it comes to super load permitspilot car dispatching, trip & fuel permits, route surveys and equipment sales, in addition to the everyday workload of oversize load permitsContact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to see how WCS Permits & Pilot Cars can help you!

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Minnesota Winter Load Increases

Minnesota Seasonal Load Limit Notification

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of Materials & Road Research has started publishing information on seasonal load limit notifications in frost zones. 

NORTH FROST ZONE

On Thursday December 14, winter load increases began on unrestricted highways in the North Frost Zone beginning at 12:01 a.m. Vehicles will be allowed to operate up to 10 percent over the standard legal maximum loads on unrestricted highways during the Minnesota Seasonal Load Limit NotificationWinter Load increase period, according to a “Seasonal Load Limit Notification” distributed by the Minnesota DOT. 

The release also stated trucks must comply with current registration weight laws on their routes and a Winter Weight Increase Permit is required to take advantage of the 10 percent weight increase on Interstate Highways only. A permit is not required for state trunk highways.

NORTH-CENTRAL FROST ZONE

The MN DOT Office of Materials & Road Research released a seasonal limit notification on the North-Central Frost Zone which will begin on unrestricted highways at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. Like the Winter load increases already in effect in the North Frost Zone, vehicles will be allowed to operate up to 10 percent over the standard legal maximum loads on unrestricted highways during the Winter Load Increase period. Trucks, however, must comply with current registration weight laws and not exceed registered gross weight tolerances. 

MORE INFO

It is urged by the MN DOT that you check with local agencies (cities, counties and townships) prior to increasing any weights on routes. Winter weight increase permits are required. 

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety can be reached at 651.405.6196 (select option 3, option 3). 

Winter load increases beginning and ending dates are based on how weather is affecting roadway strength, and are established by monitoring such as weather conditions change. The ending dates for these Winter load increases is not known at this time and drivers must check for updates. 

WCS IS HERE TO HELP! 

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is here to help with all questions relating to over-dimensional, heavy haul trucking. We will do our best to keep you up-to-date on Winter load increase dates. WCS can also answer any questions you may have about Winter weight increase permits, or any questions on your everyday oversize load permits, trip & fuel permits and superloads. Contact us now, or give us a call at 888.737.6483. 

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Ohio Announces Overweight Permit Changes

OH State Border Oversize Load Restriction

The State of Ohio’s permit department announced less than two weeks ago that several future changes will affect nighttime moves, counterweights and holiday travel in their state. The revised stipulations are being termed as a “Pilot Program” beginning in January of 2018 and will be monitored for a six to twelve month period and then reevaluated. The intended result that Ohio is hoping to see are some major improvements in the efficiency involved in the handling of specialized transport throughout the state.Ohio Annonces Permit Changes

The Major Permit Changes In Ohio

The changes were summarized in a news release just issued by the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA). According to the release, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) announced that the new pilot program is set to commence on January 1, 2018 and includes allowing the nighttime movement of overweight permit loads that are up to ten (10) feet wide, legal height and length. 

Proposed to last for 6 to 12 months, the program also includes additional stipulations such as the routing being limited to four (4) lane roadways, the request for nighttime movement to be specifically requested at the exact same time that the application is submitted, plus that all of the lighting requirements meet those specified by the Ohio DOT’s operation guide for nighttime travel.

Additional Changes

As part of the new changes, ODOT’s Manager of Permits, Mike Mooreland also announced that the plan additionally includes the following provisions by the Ohio permit office and state permitting process:

  • Modification to the Ohio DOT’s current crane agreement. This modification is intended to address recent crane chassis advancements and allow for counterweights to remain on certain cranes).
  • Removal of the weekend permit travel restrictions for Good Friday and Easter weekend Holidays (as is seen in the majority of neighboring states these days).
  • Future roadway and bridge construction to improve statewide permit routing
  • Improvements to the online permit program website that will allow permit applicants a vastly improved improved and more user-friendly experience. The state is anticipating that this will lead to a major increase of those applying and submitting online.

Mooreland and the State of Ohio have been demonstrating that they are truly interested in improving Ohio’s transportation issues and that they are advocates for change. In 2016, Moreland was responsible for approving a one mile off permit route access provision for food, fuel, rest and repair, plus he was instrumental in raising the threshold by which overweight permits could be issued automatically in Ohio (from 132,000 pounds up to 160,000 pounds). 

If You Have Any Questions

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is here to help you! If you have any questions regarding the new Ohio rule changes and how they may effect you, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to reach our customer service department. One of our experienced specialists can help you with any needs and questions that you may have or direct you to the expert who can.

In business since 1998, WCS has grown to be North America’s oversize load authority with five offices nationwide, including our Corporate Headquarters in Los Angeles, California, plus two Ohio locations, New York and Tennessee. With over 60 permit agents (including Spanish speaking permit agents), WCS is the national leader when it comes to super load permitspilot car dispatching, trip & fuel permits, route surveys and equipment sales, in addition to the everyday workload of oversize load permitsContact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to see how WCS Permits & Pilot Cars can help you!

 

 

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Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Restrictions

Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Restrictions

Thanksgiving weekend DOT permit office closures and holiday oversize load travel restrictions are published and live on the WCS Permits’ holiday closure page. 

All states are closed on Thursday, November 23 in observance of the holiday, while some are also closed Friday, November 24. Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Restrictions

Most oversize travel restrictions begin on Thanksgiving Day and extend through the weekend as the highways and roads are expected to be heavier for the holiday weekend.

The state of Wisconsin has holiday closures not only for Thanksgiving, but also for Deer hunting season where travel is not allowed from 12 p.m. on Saturday, November 25 until sunrise on Monday, November 27.  

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

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

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. Portions of I-10, I-19 and I-15 in Vegas to Close for Weekend

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.

 
 
 
 
 
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Online Training for “CT Connect”

Online Training for "CT Connect"

CT (Connecticut) DOT’s new online Oversize/Overweight Vehicle Permit program is launched and there is training available for drivers, dispatchers, etc. 

The Dept. of Transportation has authorized our vendor, Bentley Inc., to provide training sessions in six (6) areas of the permit process that we feel would be most beneficial to existing users to get familiarized with prior to the switch-over to the new Online Oversize-Overweight permit system, CT-Connect.

The schedule for these training sessions is as follows:

These online training sessions can be accessed by joining a “WebEx” online meeting set up by Bentley Inc. For each session, go online to the following web address and enter meeting number (access code) and password as indicated above:

Session #1: https://bentleysystemsinc.webex.com/bentleysystemsinc/j.php?MTID=ma5fc6ace1704e89ccb287cb9cead3e6d

Session #2: https://bentleysystemsinc.webex.com/bentleysystemsinc/j.php?MTID=m206a32248bae6d4ace7b327055c57e58

Session #3: https://bentleysystemsinc.webex.com/bentleysystemsinc/j.php?MTID=m4e88cb5fde3fba681ae7642ee86b95f0

Session #4: https://bentleysystemsinc.webex.com/bentleysystemsinc/j.php?MTID=m3ba82ea424caa55305186083f55606c8

Session #5: https://bentleysystemsinc.webex.com/bentleysystemsinc/j.php?MTID=m955800ae557e1007310efdd322149800