Nevada Permit Office to Close for Nevada Day

The state of Nevada’s Commercial Vehicle Permits Office will be closed on Friday, Oct. 30 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, November 2.  

Nevada Permit Office to Close 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 the state’s 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 state DOTs to be aware of any travel restrictions, closures or permit delays on special holidays.

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.

Louisiana DOTD Issues Hurricane Delta Emergency Order

The Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development (DOTD) has issued an emergency order due to Hurricane Delta, which includes suspended size and weight restrictions for disaster relief efforts.

Louisiana DOTD Issues Hurricane Delta Emergency Order

The LA DOTD executive order reads:

State statute provisions are temporarily suspended for any commercial motor carriers traveling on public highways throughout the state for the purpose of emergency preparedness and disaster relief efforts.

This means any vehicle transporting commodities or fuel for disaster preparedness will be temporarily allowed to exceed weight limits (eighty-eight thousand pounds) posted for bridges and like structures, or relieve any vehicle or carrier, owner or driver of any vehicle from compliance with any restrictions other than those specified, or from any statute, rule, order or other legal requirement.

The state issued the executive order on October 6, 2020 and it will remain in effect until November 4, 2020, unless terminated sooner.

Hurricane Delta, the 10th tropical storm to strike the United States this season, made landfall Friday near Creole, Louisiana, just about 13 miles from where Laura hit less than two months prior.

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits works hard to stay up-to-date on industry-related changes and news, including state permit updates. WCS has a full staff, including 65 permit agents ready to answer questions and issue oversize load permits.

If you have any questions about our oversize load permit services, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6488 to reach our permit department.

Ohio DOT Adds New Permit System Functionality

Ohio Department of Transportation will soon be adding new functionality to the Ohio Hauling Permit System (OHPS).

Ohio DOT Adds New Permit System Functionality

This new functionality will be specific to loads greater than 225,000 lbs. for a trial period and later will encompass all overweight loads in Ohio. This functionality should increase the speed of issuing permits and will also provide some new self-issue abilities for certain vehicles.

The system will go live for the reusable bridge studies on 10/06/2020 at 4:30 pm

Here are some more specifics and benefits of the updates:

  • Bridge study IDs are for loads weighing 225,000 lbs. or more (will have for loads weighing less soon)
  • Permits will self issue with a valid Bridge Study ID and will not require office review
  • Bridge Study IDs are valid for 30 days, you may use up to and including the 30th day. (expiration date of the permit does not matter)
  • Bridge Study IDs can only be used if the following apply: Same company name, same route, same weights, spacings and overall length. Width and height can be the same or less than what was approved originally.

WCS Permits will continue to communicate with the state of Ohio to fully understand the benefits of the new system with the hopes of improving permit turnaround for customers.

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits works hard to stay up-to-date on industry-related changes and news, including state permit updates. WCS has a full staff, including 65 permit agents ready to answer questions and issue oversize load permits.

If you have any questions about our oversize load permit services, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6488 to reach our permit department.

Hurricane Sally Hours Regs Suspended, I-10 Closure

As a result of Hurricane Sally, a Cat 2 hurricane that hit the Gulf Shores Wednesday, the FMCSA has suspended hours regs for relief haulers along the Gulf Coast and a portion of Interstate 10 at the Alabama/Florida line is closed.

Hurricane Sally Hours Regs Suspended, I-10 Closure

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has shut down Interstate 10 from the Alabama-Florida border to the Escambia Bay Bridge in Florida.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a regional emergency declaration for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi, allowing carriers providing emergency relief in the affected areas to waive the hours of service regulations.

The waiver applies to carriers providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts transporting supplies, goods, equipment and fuel.

The agency also waived Temporary Operating Authority Registration fee for carriers requesting temporary authority to provide direct assistance to emergency relief efforts.

The storm has brought heavy rainfall and according to the National Hurricane Center, Sally is now a tropical depression, but it’s bringing new flood threats to Georgia and South Carolina Thursday. Widespread flash flooding is expected.

Additional Road Closures

FDOT also announced late Wednesday night that Garcon Point Bridge in Santa Rosa County will remain closed until further notice to give inspectors the opportunity to assess damage to the structure caused by Hurricane Sally.

The closure is in addition to the Pensacola Bay Bridge, which will remain closed for at least the next 30 to 60 days to repair damage.

Interstate 275 Truck Restrictions Removed

While work continues on the Interstate 275 repaving and bridge project, the east and westbound lanes of I-275 are now in their original configuration, and the following truck restrictions are removed:

  • 10’ wide
  • 75’ length
  • Weight restriction of 120,000 pounds
Interstate 275 Truck Restrictions Removed

Please keep in mind that various lane closures will be in place through November, or until full completion of the project.  

Tuesday-Friday, Sept. 15-18:

  • Single- and double-lane closures on I-275 East and West between Four Mile Road and the Kentucky side of the Combs Hehl Bridge nightly from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning.

All work will be contingent upon the weather. Arrow boards and/or signs will alert motorists of the work zone and restrictions, and motorists are reminded to stay alert, reduce their speed and watch for stopped traffic while passing through the work zone.

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits works hard to stay up-to-date on industry-related changes and news, including weather and construction detours or closures and permitting delays. WCS has a full staff, including 65 permit agents ready to answer questions and issue oversize load permits.

If you have any questions about our oversize load permit services, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6488 to reach our permit department.

Highway and Permit Office Closures in OR & WA Due to Wildfires

There are various highway closures in Washington and Oregon, and Oregon’s permit office is closed due to the wildfires on the West Coast.

Highway and Permit Office Closures in OR & WA Due to Wildfires

In Oregon, the are fires 30 miles east of Salem, OR which is where the Oregon Department of Transportation permit office is. As a result the office is closed and there are few updates as to when they will re-open or continue issuing permits.

WCS customers will probably not be issued any OR oversize load permits today as a result. Expect delays once the permit office re-opens.

Highway Closures

Oregon has the following closures due to wildfires listed on TripCheck:

  • U.S. Highway 199 (Redwood Highway), two miles north of O’Brien from milemarker 34 to 41
  • Oregon Highway 99 is closed between milemarkers 9 and 17
  • Oregon Highway 138 is closed one mile west of Glide between milemarkers 16 and 83
  • Oregon Highway 213 is closed at the intersection with Oregon Highway 211
  • Oregon Highway 224 is closed between milemarkers 18 and 50
  • Oregon Highway 242 is closed between 85 and 55
  • Oregon Highway 422 at the intersection with Oregon Highway 62 from milemarker 0 to 5

TripCheck will have the most real-time updates available.

Washington DOT reports the following highway closures due to fire activity:

  • Washington Highway 173 in both directions from milemarker 2.5, just west of Bridgeport, to milepost 11 at Brewster
  • Washington Highway 410 in both directions between milemarker 13.37 near 181st Ave East and milemarker 11.46 near 166th Ave East

There are other high impact areas to be aware of, which are listed on the Washington State Travel Alerts Page.

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits works hard to stay up-to-date on industry-related changes and news, including weather closures and permitting delays. WCS has a full staff, including 65 permit agents ready to answer questions and issue oversize load permits.

If you have any questions about our oversize load permit services, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6488 to reach our permit department.

WCS Helps NASA Move Shipping Container

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars takes pride in providing customers more than just oversize load permits and pilot cars.

WCS Helps NASA Move Shipping Container

And that’s exactly what Team WCS did for a specialized spacecraft container transport to JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) in Pasadena, CA this summer to ensure the load could safely move and navigate turns.

Before the container could travel through Southern California to its final destination at JPL, WCS used specialized software to provide an in-depth Swept Path Analysis for the spacefcraft container haul.

In addition to the analysis, WCS handled advanced route planning, surveying, permitting, traffic control (with the help of WCS’ sister company, Right of Way Inc.) and pilot cars for the 18’6″ tall, 17’6″ wide load.

What is a Swept Path Analysis?

A vehicle swept path analysis is the use of professional software to show vehicle turn simulation.

In utilizing the dimensional data provided to WCS for the trailer, combined with some default assumptions about dimensional data for the truck and the positioning of the load on the trailer, this Swept Path Analysis for JPL indicated that the truck, trailer and load were capable of navigating specific turns on the proposed route.

WCS engineers used their own professional software to analyze turning radiuses to ensure clearance, creating a report and simulation of the load transport. WCS’ sister company, Right of Way Inc., also utilizes similar software for traffic control projects across Southern California.

An in-depth, four-page report was generated which included details about the data and dimensions used in this analysis for the truck, trailer, and the load as well as an illustration and simulation of the physical limits of the load as it navigates any turns in question.

The illustration shows maximum physical limits of any truck, trailer or load overhang and the video simulation demonstrates an overhead view of the load in motion as it traces out these overhang and track limits.

Safely Delivered

With the swept path analysis, logistics consulting, permitting and pilot cars provided by WCS, the container was safely transported and delivered to JPL.

Tropical Storms Bring Oversize Restrictions

Tropical Storms Marco and Laura will both make landfall over the next two days affecting oversize travel in Florida and Texas, with more restrictions anticipated in Alabama, Louisiana and portions of the lower Mississippi Valley.

Tropical Storms Bring Oversize Restrictions

The twin storms will bring heavy rainfall and high winds and there is a chance Laura could quickly escalate to a hurricane with a dangerous threat of storm surge along parts of the Louisiana and Texas coasts.

Florida has already issued an oversize load travel restriction while Texas is allowing for self-issue disaster relief permits.

Here are the updates/restrictions so far affecting oversize travel and oversize load permit issuance.

A Regional Emergency Declaration was issued for Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

This Declaration addresses the emergency conditions creating a need for immediate transportation of supplies, goods, equipment, fuel and persons and provides necessary relief. 

Florida

Any truck over the following dimensions cannot travel throughout the state until further notice:

  • 14’6 tall
  • 10′ wide
  • 80′ long
  • 80,000 lbs

Texas

Update: Due to storms in the Gulf of Mexico, some TXDOT Districts are prohibiting OS/OW movement on all or substantial portions of their roadways until further notice. Permit applications may be denied or delayed. The current affected areas are as: Beaumont District – all counties; Houston District -Galveston County 

Motor carriers transporting a divisible load that is overweight only to and within the areas affected by Tropical Storms Marco and Laura may self-issue a Federal Disaster Relief Permit through the Texas Permitting and Routing Optimization System (TxPROS).

The Federal Disaster Relief Permit allows for travel on all state and federal roads, including the interstate highway system. The permit may not be used for overwidth, overlength, or overheight loads.

A copy of the President’s declaration must be carried with the permit. The declaration can be found here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/news/ or https://www.fema.gov/disasters/disaster-declarations

Alabama

As a general rule, a driver must be able to see 1,000 ft in front to safely travel. If that can’t be done, travel is not permitted.

Louisiana

Interstate 10 in southwest Louisiana is completely closed to traffic. I-10 eastbound is closed at the Texas/Louisiana state line, and I-10 westbound is closed west of the Atchafalaya Basin. Updated info is available on the Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development website.

LA/TX Line

Everything south of LA-6 is closed due to the storm.

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits works hard to stay up-to-date on industry-related changes and news, including weather closures and permitting delays. WCS has a full staff, including 65 permit agents ready to answer questions and issue oversize load permits.

If you have any questions about our oversize load permit services, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6488 to reach our permit department.

Ohio River “Cairo” Bridge to Shut Down

The Ohio River “Cairo” Bridge will shut down for at least 30 days starting the week of August 3-9, which will result in an 82-mile detour for truck drivers traveling through Kentucky.

Ohio River “Cairo” Bridge to Shut Down

The bridge carries U.S. 51, U.S. 60, and U.S. 62 traffic across the Ohio River between Wickliffe, Kentucky, and Cairo, Illinois, at U.S. 51 Kentucky mile point 7.372, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC).

Crews will be making repairs to a 2-mile section of the Kentucky approach and to the bridge deck.

“By closing the bridge for 30 days,” said KYTC District 1 Chief Engineer Kyle Poat, “we speed up the construction process so we can get the bridge back to near-normal traffic flow sooner rather than later. Some of the options included overnight and weekend closures. Those options created numerous side issues for cross-country travelers, area businesses, truckers, and our daily commuters. The additional construction time would have extended the impact to traffic by 12 weeks.”

Approximately 7,000 vehicles cross the bridge each day. Thirty-five percent of those vehicles are trucks.

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits works hard to stay up-to-date on industry-related changes and news, including road/bridge closures and detours. WCS has a full staff, including 65 permit agents ready to answer questions and issue oversize load permits.

If you have any questions about our oversize load permit services, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6488 to reach our permit department.



FMCSA Extends HOS Waiver

FMCSA issued an extension of its Hours of Service National Emergency Declaration. This extension, which was set to expire on July 15, continues the exemption granted from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) through August 14, 2020. The waiver provides relief from the HOS requirements for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance in support of emergency relief efforts related to COVID-19 and is limited to transportation of:

FMCSA Extends HOS Waiver
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  1. Livestock and livestock feed;
  2. Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19; and 
  3. Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants. 

View the FMCSA extension here.

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits works hard to stay up-to-date on industry-related changes and news, including permit issuance changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. WCS has a full staff, including 65 permit agents ready to answer questions and issue oversize load permits.

If you have any questions about our oversize load permit services, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6488 to reach our permit department.