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.

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.

Juneteenth Day Oversize Travel Restrictions

 

Observed Friday, June 19, 2020

PROVIDED COURTESY OF: WCS Permits & Pilot Cars

Check Holiday Restrictions on All State Blankets or Annual Permits

StateCLOSEDDateRestrictions
ALOPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
AR
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
AZ
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
CA
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
CO
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
CT
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
DE
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
FL
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
GA
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
IA
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
ID
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
IL
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
IN
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
KS
CLOSED6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
KY
CLOSED6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
LA
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
MA
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
MD
OPEN
6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
BALT CITY
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
D C
TBD

6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
ME
OPEN
6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
MI
CLOSED6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
**CLOSED DUE TO TEMPORARY LAYOFF PLAN
MN
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
MS
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
MO
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
MT
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
NC
OPEN
6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
ND
OPEN
6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
NE
OPEN
6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
NH
TBD6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
NJ
TBD
6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
NM
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
NV
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
NY
CLOSED6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
NYC
TBD6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
NY THWY
CLOSED6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
OH
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
OH TP
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
OK
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
OR
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
PA
CLOSED6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
PA TP
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
RI
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
SC
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
SD
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
TN
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
TX
CLOSED6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
UT
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
VA
CLOSED6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
VT
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
WA
OPEN

6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
WI
OPEN6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
WV

CLOSED
6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
WY
OPEN


6/19/2020NO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

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Michigan Temporary Layoff Plan Will Include PermDepartment Employees

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan Department of Transportation adopted a temporary layoff plan, which includes permit department employees.

Michigan Temporary Layoff Plan Will Include PermDepartment Employees

According to MDOT, over 2,000 permanent employees will be participating in a temporary layoff plan, most of whom will be required to serve one day of temporary layoff per week over ten weeks. While there will be a few people on a variety of staggered schedules to ensure continuity of key business operations (transport permits, bid lettings, ProjectWise support, etc.), the vast majority of MDOT employees will serve these temporary layoff days according to the following schedule:

              Friday, May 22nd

              Tuesday, May 26th

(observance of Memorial Day is Monday, May 25th)

              Friday, June 5th

              Monday, June 8th

              Friday, June 19th

              Monday, June 22nd

              Thursday, July 2nd

(observance of Independence Day is Friday, July 3rd)

              Monday, July 6th

              Friday, July 17th

              Monday, July 20th

Employees will be directed to not work on their temporary layoff days, which includes not answering emails or phone calls, so as to not jeopardize their benefits under the CARES Act workshare program. Consequently, if you or your members have business to conduct with MDOT on those days that does not involve our construction oversight or transportation first responder staff, please plan to address it before or after the dates noted above.

WCS Permits Can Help

Like with MDOT, WCS Permits is working closely with all states to stay up-to-date on permit issuance changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. WCS has a full staff, including 65 permit agents ready to answer questions and issue these and all 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.

Michigan Updated Spring Weight Restrictions

Effective 6:00 a.m. Friday, May 8, 2020, weight restrictions will be lifted on all state trunkline highways within the entire state of Michigan. 

This spring weight restriction update does not alter or affect the direction given in Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-44 (COVID-19).

Michigan Updated Spring Weight Restrictions

Weight Restrictions are implemented during the spring frost thaw period and are now completed for the 2020 season. The anticipated timeframe for Spring Weight Restrictions is February through May. Specific dates will be determined by weather and road conditions and posted again when the 2021 season begins. 

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits works closely with all states 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.

California Allows 88,000 pounds for Reducible COVID-19 Loads

The state of California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will now issue temporary special permits for overweight trucks weighing up to 88,000 pounds and are transporting emergency supplies for COVID-19 relief.

California Allows 88,000 pounds for Reducible COVID-19 Loads

Caltrans increased the maximum allowable gross vehicle weight from 80,000 to 88,000 pounds to allow any load transporting essential goods to reach its destination quicker. The state will temporarily issue special permits for these overweight trucks on the State Highway System.

These special permits will be good for one trip and valid for seven days, and will be issued until further notice.

“Essential Goods” are defined as the following:

· Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19

· Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectant

· Food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores

· Immediate precursor raw materials such as paper, plastic or alcohol that are required and to be used for the manufacture of items above

· Fuel

· Equipment, supplies and persons necessary to establish and manage temporary housing, quarantine, and isolation facilities related to COVID-19

In working with the California Trucking Association, WCS Permits assisted in preparing to push this increase through. WCS has also worked closely with Caltrans to work through any bugs.

WCS Permits Can Help

Like with Caltrans, WCS Permits is working closely with all states to stay up-to-date on permit issuance changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. WCS has a full staff, including 65 permit agents ready to answer questions and issue these and all 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.