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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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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Closures & Travel Restrictions

Martin Luther King Jr. Oversize Travel Restrictions

The state Department of Transportation (DOT) offices have released their Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, Jan. 15, 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 Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

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 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Oversize Travel Restrictionspermits. 

Key Closures & Restrictions

While most state permit offices are closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Monday, Jan. 15 – there are some states with closures the Friday before, Jan. 12. 

Some states, such as Alabama and Arkansas, have no restrictions with a valid permit, although most states just list no restrictions. 

There are only a few states, including New York (specifically New York City) and Vermont with specific travel restrictions. 

Visit WCS Permits’ holiday closures page to view the full Martin Luther King Jr. 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 Martin Luther King Jr. Day 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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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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Election Day & Veteran’s Day Oversize Travel Restrictions

Election Day & Veteran's Day Oversize Travel Restrictions

WCS Permits has published closure lists and oversize load travel restrictions for both Election Day and Veteran’s Day 2017. Election Day & Veteran's Day Oversize Travel Restrictions

As in past election days, there will be no DOT permit office closures or oversize travel restrictions for this year’s election day, observed Tuesday, Nov. 7. The full list can be viewed here

Veteran’s Day closures can be viewed here. While the holiday is observed Saturday, Nov. 11, any state DOT permit office closures happen on Friday, Nov. 10. 

There are some oversize load travel restrictions in effect that same day, but none which extend into the weekend or Monday. 

 

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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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Catch up with WCS Permits at Breakbulk Americas in Houston

Catch up with WCS Permits at Breakbulk America in Houston

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars, North America’s oversize load authority, is excited to be exhibiting at Breakbulk Americas 2017 in Houston this Catch up with WCS Permits at Breakbulk America in Houston month.

Breakbulk takes place at the George R. Brown Convention Center Oct. 17 – 19, and is the largest exhibition of its kind in America, which brings together providers of breakbulk and project cargo service.

WCS Permits looks forward to showcasing its services, including oversize load permits, logistics consulting, trip & fuel permits, pilot cars and truck safety equipment. 

Exhibiting also allows team WCS to show off their technology. WCS owns and maintains The Oversize Load Assistant; an online permit manual with the ability to search by regulations, US state, Canadian provence or a combination. For one low monthly subscription, users are able to search regulations such as pilot car regulations, oversize load dimensions, oversize night and weekend travel, holiday travel and more. You can get the opportunity to search the program for free for 24-hours. 

Booth visitors can also learn about the Permit Accompaniment app, also published by WCS. The app has city, county and state provisions listed for all 50 US states, as well as the 13 Canadian Provinces. Both a free and paid version are available on the App Store and Google Play. The free version includes state provisions and the paid version includes city and county provisions. WCS will provide demonstrations during the show. 

For almost 20 years, WCS Permits has been offering its services to transportation companies in the United States and Canada. In more recent years, WCS has also expanded its truck safety product offering to include in-house manufactured oversize load signs, FoxFire lights, safety flags, measuring poles and other truck safety products. WCS will show off some of the product line at the show. The company also sells all products online via their web store at store.wcspermits.com

Located this year at booth no. 245 during Breakbulk Americas, don’t miss WCS Permits & Pilot Cars in the 200 aisle adjacent to concessions. 

The George R. Brown Convention Center is located at 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX 77010. 

For more information on this year’s show, visit www.breakbulk.com/events/breakbulk-americas-2017/