Winter Storm Viola Commercial Vehicle Restrictions

Several northeast states will have commercial vehicle restrictions in place, including some that apply to oversize loads as Winter Storm Viola brings snow and ice from Texas to Maine. Winter Storm Viola Commercial Vehicle Restrictions

New York

NYS Department of Transportation – Hours of Service Relief Order
Due to the compounding impacts of a series of winter storms in combination with an extended period of below normal temperatures and issues on supply logistics and delivery of vital heating and transportation fuels to homes, businesses, and power plants, the NYS Department of Transportation has provided limited hours of service relief in order to ensure the adequate supply and delivery of vital heating, power plant, and transportation fuels throughout the State.
 
The hours of service relief order can be found here. It is effective beginning Wednesday, February 17, 2021 and continuing through March 1, 2021 unless extended.
 
Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Due to inclement weather expected to impact the region, all container terminals, depots, & East Coast CES will be CLOSED Thursday, February 18, 2021.

 

Pennsylvania 

NOTE: Pennsylvania restrictions change frequently. We will do our best to stay on top of it, however, carriers are encouraged to monitor www.511pa.com as well.
 
Due to Winter Storm Viola Pennsylvania is alerting the industry to potential commercial vehicle restrictions if conditions warrant.
 
Tier 1 Vehicle Restrictions are planned on the following roadways if needed:
 
Beginning at 1:00 a.m., Thursday, February 18:
  • I-283: PA Turnpike to I-83
  • I-99: PA Turnpike to I-80
  • I-81: MD Line to I-78
  • I-70: PA Turnpike to MD Line
  • I-83: MD Line to I-81
  • PA 66 Turnpike: US 119 / I-70 to US 22 / Blairsville
  • I-76 PA Turnpike: Cranberry to Valley Forge
Beginning at 4:00 a.m., Thursday, February 18:
  • PA 33: I-78 to I-80
  • I-78: I-81 to NJ Line
  • US 22: I-78 to New Jersey State Line
  • I-80: I-99 to NJ Line
  • I-81: I-78 to I-84
  • I-84: I-81 to NY Line
  • I-380: I-80 to I-81
  • I-95 PA Turnpike: I-276 to NJ line
  • I-276 PA Turnpike: Valley Forge to I-95 connector
  • I-476 PA Turnpike: Mid County to Clarks Summit
The following vehicles will also be banned if restrictions are enacted:
  • Oversized loads
  • Tractors without trailers
  • Motorcycles
  • Tow-behind trailers
  • RVs/campers
  • Buses without ATD
  • Box Trucks
View Pennsylvania restriction information here.
A full description of vehicles that are included in Tier 1 is available here.
 

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits & Pilot cars works directly with all state DOT permit offices to stay up-to-date on travel restrictions, especially during winter weather.  We can also help with oversize/overweight load permits, wide load permits, superload permits, trip & fuel permits, UCR fees, DOT numbers and more. Additionally, WCS manufacturers oversize load and truck safety equipment for purchase online or via phone sales.
 
For more information, contact WCS Permits today and one of our over 65 oversize load permit agents nationwide will assist you.
Permit Offices Closed Due to Inclement Weather

Here is a current list of state oversize permit offices that are closed due to the storms for Friday, February 19, 2021. While some state offices are closed, no new oversize load or wide load permits will be processed. Everyone at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is staying in close communication with all states affected by the weather. We will update as we gather more information and updates that come in. Permit Offices Closed Due to Inclement Weather

Connecticut

Winter Storm Notice, Friday 2/19,21: Due to ongoing snow and freezing rain throughout the state, oversize load permits will not be issued for travel this a.m. until further notice.

New York City

Due to the storm, NYC DOT has suspended day travel for Friday, February 19 moves from 10 am – 4 pm. Any oversize permit applications that have been approved, will be voided and anything in pending or review will be rejected. 

Maine

Currently open but a winter advisory posted. If you have a load headed to or from Maine be sure to check ahead before applying throughout the day.

New Hampshire

INCLEMENT WEATHER ADVISORY

  • District 3: No OS/OW permit travel
    02/19/21 12:00 AM – 02/19/21 11:59 PM.
  • District 2: No OS/OW permit travel
    02/19/21 12:00 AM – 02/20/21 8:00 AM.
  • District 4: No OS/OW permit travel
    02/19/21 12:00 AM – 02/19/21 11:59 PM.
  • District 5: No OS/OW permit travel
    02/19/21 12:00 AM – 02/19/21 11:59 PM.
  • District 6: No OS/OW permit travel
    02/19/21 12:00 AM – 02/19/21 11:59 PM.

Rhode Island

Currently open and issuing permits.

Texas

 The permit office will again be closed on Friday, February 19. 

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits & Pilot cars works directly with all state DOT permit offices to stay up-to-date on travel restrictions, especially during winter weather.  We can also help with oversize/overweight load permits, wide load permits, superload permits, trip & fuel permits, UCR fees, DOT numbers and more. Additionally, WCS manufacturers oversize load and truck safety equipment for purchase online or via phone sales.
 
For more information, contact WCS Permits today and one of our over 65 oversize load permit agents nationwide will assist you.

 

MoDOT discourages travel in southeast Missouri

Icy pavement with more freezing rain in the 24-hour forecast prompts the Missouri Department of Transportation to discourage travel in the southeast region of Missouri through Thursday, Feb. 11.

MoDOT discourages travel in southeast Missouri


This currently includes an area from Ste. Genevieve to the northeast, Salem and Thayer to the west and the Arkansas state line to the south.The area could expand based on the location of continued frozen rainfall.


Affected trucking routes include

  • Interstates 55 and 57
  • US Routes 60, 61, 67

All other highways in the region are to be considered treacherous until freezing rain stops and the efforts of highway crews begin to make roads passable.
Ice is a difficult foe for road crews. Extremely low temperatures, such as those currently experienced – and forecasted – for the region, cause chemicals used to clear lanes to work much less effectively.

Stay informed about conditions during breaks from the road by using MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map, available online at www.modot.org, or through MoDOT’s smartphone app, available for iPhone and Android phones. The map offers current views of road conditions for Missouri interstates and highways. You can zoom in to a particular location, check live weather radar, and view images from MoDOT’s traffic cameras and message boards.
Stay safe and warm!

Oversize Load I-95 Restriction in Delaware

I-95 in Delaware will be restricted to a maximum width of 10 feet wide for all oversize loads for a 2-year construction project between I-95/ I-495 split and US 202.

Oversize Load I-95 Restriction in Delaware

The state DOT released the following information regarding the wide load restriction:

I-95 Northbound and Southbound will be restricted to a maximum width of 10 feet beginning 2/12/2021 located between the I-95/I-495 split and US202. Project will operate in contraflow configuration until approximately 12/31/2022.

Access ramps available to oversize and overweight loads, to and from the City of Wilmington, are as follows:

I-95 Northbound
– I 95 Northbound – MLK JR BLVD – JUSTISON ST
– DELAWARE AVE – N ADAMS ST – I 95 Northbound
– 52 – N VAN BUREN STREET – LOVERING AVE – N ADAMS STREET – I 95 Northbound

I-95 Southbound
– I 95 Southbound – N Jackson Street – 52
– I 95 Southbound – E 11th Street
– E 2nd Street – I 95 Southbound 

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars will work with any oversize load permit customer traveling in this direction to route around the oversize travel restriction.

Winter Storm Orlena Travel Restrictions

According to the National Weather Service, a major Nor’easter is expected to last through Tuesday, February 2. The storm will bring strong winds, coastal flooding and heavy snow fall, and travel – especially commercial and oversize travel – are not recommended during the duration of the storm. Several states have trailer and travel bans in place.

Winter Storm Orlena Travel Restrictions

Commercial Vehicle Restrictions

The following commercial vehicle restrictions are in place affecting oversize/overweight and wide load travel.

New York

All travel should be avoided as snow fall rates increase to 2 – 3 inches an hour. Road conditions will continue to get worse as snow fall rates increase. Wind gusts could reach 50 mph or more on Long Island, especially eastern Long Island where 60 mph wind gusts could occur, while many places upstate could see up to 40 mph wind gusts. Blowing and drifting snow will likely cause reduced visibilities and treacherous driving conditions in some places.
The Governor has warned that full road closures could be put in place as the storm intensifies. Unless it is absolutely essential, travel should be avoided until the storm passes.

New York Governor Cuomo directed several state agencies to mobilize emergency response resources, read the full news release here.


NYS Department of Transportation NYSDOT has issued a limited hours of service waiver for fuel deliveries in the counties of Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond and Suffolk. The waiver will be in place through February 7, 2021. A copy of the waiver is available here. If you are utilizing the provisions of the waiver it is recommended you carry a copy in your vehicles.
Effective at 5:00 a.m., Monday, February 1an empty trailer and tandem ban will be in place on the following roads:

  • I-84 from Pennsylvania state line to Connecticut state line
  • Route 17, east of Binghamton to New Jersey state line
  • I-684 for the entire length

NYS Thruway Effective at 5:00 a.m., Monday, February 1, the NYS Thruway will implement a tandem ban (short and long) for the following locations:

  • I-87 from NYC Line to Exit 24 (Albany)
  • I-95
  • I-287 Cross Westchester

  An empty trailer truck ban will be effective Monday at 5am for the following locations:

  • I-87 between Exit 8 to Exit 21A and the Berkshire Spur
  • Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge

Port Authority of NY/NJ:

  • The Truck Service Center will be closed on Monday, February 1.
  • All NJMT container terminals and depots will be closed on Monday, February 1 and Tuesday, February 2.
  • George Washington Bridge ban on empty trailers, tandem trailers, motorcycles and house trailers.
  • Bayonne Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing ban on tractor-trailers, motorcycles and house and car-pulled trailers.
  • Goethals Bridge ban on empty tractor-trailers, empty tandem trailers, motorcycles & house trailers.

MTA Bridges and Tunnels:

  • At the Bronx Whitestone, Cross Bay, Marine Parkway, RFK Triborough, Throgs Neck Bridges no Empty tractor trailers/Tandem/Piggyback/dual/ multiple trailers
  • Verrazano-Narrows Bridge both levels both directions between Staten Island Side (Staten Island) and Brooklyn Side (New York) all tractor trailers, motorcycles, step vans, minibuses and any vehicle deemed to a potential safety hazard due to cargo or other factors are not permitted.

Pennsylvania: Updated Information as of Monday, February 1: All Commercial Vehicles banned:

  • I-283: PA Turnpike to I-83
  • I-81: MD Line to NY Line
  • I-83: MD Line to I-81
  • I-78: I-81 to NJ Line
  • I-80: I-99 to NJ Line
  • I-84: I-81 to NY Line
  • I-380: I-80 to I-81
  • I-476 PA Turnpike: Lehigh Valley to Clarks Summit
  • PA 33: I-78 to I-80
  • US 22: I-78 to New Jersey State Line

All Commercial Vehicles banned w/o Chains or ATD Onboard:

  • I-476 PA Turnpike: Pocono to Clarks Summit
  • I-95 PA Turnpike: I-276 to NJ line
  • I-76 PA Turnpike: Breezewood to Harrisburg East
  • I-276 PA Turnpike: Valley Forge to I-95 connector
  • I-476 PA Turnpike: Mid County to Lehigh Valley
  • I-76 PA Turnpike: Carlisle to Valley Forge

Empty Tractor Trailers banned:

  • I-99: PA Turnpike to I-80
  • I-80: I-79 to I-99
  • I-676: I-76 to NJ Line
  • I-295: PA Turnpike to NJ Line
  • I-70: PA Turnpike to MD Line
  • I-76: PA Turnpike to NJ Line
  • I-476: I-95 to Turnpike 476
  • I-95: DE Line to NJ Line
  • I-95 PA Turnpike: I-276 to NJ line
  • I-76 PA Turnpike: Breezewood to Valley Forge
  • I-276 PA Turnpike: Valley Forge to I-95 connector
  • I-476 PA Turnpike: Mid County to Clarks Summit

View Pennsylvania restriction information here.


New Jersey: New Jersey has issued a State of Emergency – all unnecessary travel should be avoided.

As of 12:00 p.m., Sunday, January 31, New Jersey has implemented a full commercial vehicle ban on all interstates and highways. All tractor trailers, empties, passenger vehicles pulling trailers, recreation vehicles and motorcycles are included in the ban.
The restriction does not include the New Jersey Turnpike or the Garden State Parkway.A speed restriction of 35 mph is in place on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.
New Jersey truck parking information is available here.
**New Jersey has exempted government, civilian, or contracted personnel involved with the transportation of medical supplies and/or medications, including but not limited to the COVID-19 vaccines from the tractor trailer ban. A copy of the executive order is available here.


Connecticut:

Connecticut has implemented an empty and tandem tractor trailer ban on all limited access highways.
A full tractor trailer ban remains in place on:

  • I-84

**Vehicles carrying emergency supplies necessary for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, including but not limited to vaccines, testing supplies, or medications are exempt from the ban. A copy of the executive order is available here.


Rhode Island: Rhode Island has implemented a tractor trailer ban beginning at 5:00 a.m., Monday, February 1 on all state highways. A copy of the proclamation is available here.


Massachusetts: As of 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 1, Massachusetts has implemented a travel ban for tractor trailers, tandems, and specially permitted vehicles on all limited access highways.

WisDOT Frozen Roads Declaration Update

Dispatchers and truck drivers should be aware the Frozen Roads period begins in Zones 3 and 4 in Wisconsin at 12:01 AM on Thursday, January 28, 2021.

WisDOT Frozen Roads Declaration Update

The Frozen Roads Declaration was previously in effect in Zones 1 and 2. The Frozen Roads Declaration will be issued for Zone 5 when conditions warrant.  

Zone 1: Extends from the Minnesota border, Lake Superior, and the Michigan border south to and including US Highway 8.

Zone 2: Extends from the southern limit of Zone 1 to and including a line defined by US Highway 10, east on State Highway 73, east on State Highway 54, north on State Highway 22/110, east on State Highway 22 east to Lake Michigan east of Oconto (including Highways 10, 22, 54, 73, and 110).

Zone 3: Extends from the southern limit of Zone 2 to and including a line defined by US Highway 151, east on US Highway 10 to Lake Michigan (including Highways 10 and 151).

Zone 4: Extends from the southern limit of Zone 3 to and including a line defined by I-39/90 starting at the Illinois border, east on I-43, north on State Highway 164, east on State Highway 167 east to Lake Michigan (including Highways 39/90, 43, 164. And 167).

Zone 5: Extends from the southern limit of Zone 4 to the Illinois border and Lake Michigan.   For more information on the frozen roads program including a map of the zones, please visit. https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/com-drv-vehs/mtr-car-trkr/ssnl-wt-rsrctns/frozenroad.aspx Interested in seeing how WisDOT monitors field conditions to verify frost depths, see the following video: https://youtu.be/cGvOoYYKAS0

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits & Pilot cars works directly with all state DOT permit offices to stay up-to-date on travel restrictions, especially frozen road periods and frost laws during the Winter months.

WCS Permits can help with oversize/overweight load permits, wide load permits, superload permits, trip & fuel permits, UCR fees, DOT numbers and more.

Additionally, WCS manufacturers oversize load and truck safety equipment for purchase online or via phone sales.

For more information, contact WCS Permits today and one of our over 65 oversize load permit agents nationwide will assist you.

IN: No Oversize Permits Will be Issued Feb. 1 - 8

UPDATE 1/28/21: New oversize load permit applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Feb. 2. After that, no new OSW permit applications will be accepted until the new Indiana Oversize/Overweight Permitting System goes live the morning of Monday, February 8.

You will have until 4 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 4 to pay for and download permits previously applied for in our current system.

As the Indiana Permit Department prepares to launch its new oversize/overweight permitting system, the department will not accept new oversize load permit applications for several days.

All oversize, overweight and wide load permit applications must be complete by the Feb. 8 cutoff at 11:59 p.m. EST, any incomplete applications will not be moved over to the new system.

Limited services will be available after the shutdown through Feb. 4 at 4. p.m. for viewing and printing permits, but no new oversize/overweight load permit applications will be accepted.

Once the new system is live on Feb. 8, oversize load and wide load permit applications will start being accepted and processed.

IN:  No Oversize Permits Will be Issued for Several Days

Emergency Permits

Emergency permits will be issued, subject to approval, for the following reasons:

  • Unexpected equipment failure that will shut down a manufacturing process
  • Train derailment
  • Breakdown or threatened breakdown of electric, gas, water, or telephone public utility facilities
  • In response to a situation that poses an immediate danger to life or health (e.g., a smokestack damaged by high winds is threatening to fall).

WCS Permits Can Help

All of our transportation agents at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars are here to help during the transition. We will work with the state and all customers to get all oversize, overweight or wide load permit submitted before the Feb. 1 deadline. We are also working with Indiana to understand the new system so we will be ready to help apply for and obtain new permits on behalf of our customers in a timely manner on and after Feb. 8.

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.

Deadline Approaching for UCR Fee Filing

The final deadline to file 2021 UCR (Unified Carrier Registration) Fees is fast approaching.

Deadline Approaching for UCR Fee Filing

Thursday, December 31, 2020 is the last day to handle 2021 UCR Fees to avoid paying additional fees or penalties, and WCS Permits & Pilot Cars can help you finalize and submit your UCR Fee application.

UCR is a program that requires individuals or companies that operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate or international commerce to register their business with a participating state and pay an annual fee based on the size of their fleet.

WHO IS REQUIRED TO PAY UCR FEES? (If operating interstate commerce in the United States):

  • Motor Carrier of property, both for-hire and private, whether or not they are considered exempt carriers for purposes of federal regulation
  • For-hire passenger Motor Carriers
  • Freight Forwarders
  • Brokers and Leasing companies that lease vehicles without drivers to interstate motor carriers or freight forwarders
  • If the carrier is based out of a state that does not participate in UCR (I.e. Florida), but they are INTERSTATE and cross state lines THEY MUST PAY UCR FEES STILL

At WCS, we have the capability to help you pay those fees quickly and easily. WCS can help with new fees to get your new operation up and running legally, or with past due fees to get you caught up. UCR fees are VERY important and should not be overlooked, as you could face hefty fines, and many states can prevent you from traveling through them.  

Contact a WCS Transportation Consultant now or view our UCR Fees page for more information.

Winter Storm Viola Commercial Vehicle Restrictions

Winter Storm Gail is expected to bring a widespread swath of heavy wet snow is likely from the central Appalachians and interior Mid-Atlantic into portions of the Northeast and southern New England. Freezing rain and ice are also likely in western North Carolina and southwest Virginia. Travel is not recommended. 

Winter Storm Gail Travel Restrictions

The following states have some specific restrictions effective today – Dec. 16, 2020.

Pennsylvania

Attention Motorists: Due to impending Winter Storm Gail, effective on December 16th, 2020 beginning at 1:00 PM, PennDOT will enact the following Commercial Vehicle Restrictions:

  • No tractors without trailers, tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded enclosed trailers, open trailers or tank trailers, tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded tandem trailers, enclosed cargo delivery trucks that meet the definition of a CMV, passenger vehicles towing trailers, recreational vehicles/motorhomes, school buses, commercial buses and motor coaches, and motorcycles on the following roadways: I-78, I-80 (I-99 to NJ), I-81, I-83, I-84, I-95, I-283, I-295, I-380, I-676, PA-33, I-76 (Breezewood to NJ including the PA Turnpike), I-476 (I-95 to Clark Summit including the PA Turnpike).

New York

  • Empty and Tandem Tractor Trailers Banned on all MTA Bridges and Tunnels Beginning at 4:00 p.m. 
  • Beginning at 5:00 p.m., all empty tractor trailers and tandem vehicles will be banned on Interstate 84 from the Connecticut State Line to the Pennsylvania State Line, on Interstate 684 from Interstate 84 to Interstate 287 and on Route 17 from Interstate 84 to Interstate 81.
  • Beginning at 5:00 p.m., all empty tractor trailers and tandem vehicles will be banned from the Thruway (I-87) south of exit 24 (Albany) to New York City (including the Berkshire Spur, Garden State Parkway extension, New England Thruway and the Cross Westchester Expressway).

New Jersey

  • I-78, from the Pennsylvania border to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
  • I-80, from the Pennsylvania border to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
  • I-195, from I-295 to NJ Route 138
  • I-280, from I-80 to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
  • I-287, from NJ Route 440 to the New York State border
  • I-295, from I-195 to the Scudders Falls Bridge (Pennsylvania border)
  • NJ Route 440, from the Outerbridge Crossing to I-287
  • The commercial vehicle travel restriction applies to:
  • All tractor trailers (exceptions as listed in the Administrative Order)
  • Empty straight CDL-weighted trucks
  • Passenger vehicles pulling trailers
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Motorcycles
  • This restriction DOES NOT apply to:
  • The New Jersey Turnpike
  • The Garden State Parkway
  • The Atlantic City Expressway
  • Public safety vehicles, sworn and civilian public safety personnel; as well as other personnel directly supporting healthcare facilities or critical infrastructure such as providing fuel or food. For a complete list of operations or personnel that are exempt from the travel ban, see the Administrative Order.

Massachusetts

  • Beginning at 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 16, Massachusetts is implementing a tractor trailer and tandem ban on all limited access highways in the state.

Rhode Island

  • Beginning at 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 16, Massachusetts is implementing a tractor trailer and tandem ban on all limited access highways in the state.

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is working with all state DOT’s to keep everyone as informed as possible on winter weather travel restrictions. Please check back here for updates.

Wisconsin to Launch New Permit System This Month

Wisconsin will launch a new permit system on Thursday, Nov. 12, upgrading their 16-year current permitting system.

The new web application is used by carriers, services and processors, and the superload routing system has been upgraded to a more modern, user-friendly system.

Wisconsin to Launch New Permit System This Month

What’s new with routing:

  • Java no longer needed for routing page.
  • Compatible with browsers: Chrome (recommended), Edge, Internet Explorer and Firefox.
  • Detailed clearance reports of your analyzed routes now available
  • Save and reuse Trips

What’s new in applications:

  • Added ten additional permit types for online application including:
  • AC – Grain, Coal, Iron Ore Concentrates & Alloyed Iron
  • AG – Garbage, Refuse and Recyclable Scrap
  • FMP – Fluid Milk Products
  • MI – Michigan Border
  • Save and Copy Applications
  • Carriers and Services now add and maintain their own users
  • Permit Services can now submit new accounts within the system
  • Additional permit and financial reports available
  • My Vehicles allows you to add Vehicles and maintain vehicles

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits is working with the state to understand the new system to continue to process permits for our customers in a timely manner.