Winter Storm Wesley Road Closures

Several midwestern state Department of Transportation offices and state troopers are reporting road closures due to blizzard conditions. Winter Storm Wesley Road Closures

Colorado 

I76 is a mess in Colorado as well as 70 from Denver to almost the Kansas line.

Minnesota 

Almost all of southern Minnesota is a No Go as well as most of northern Wisconsin 

Nebraska 

Interstate 80 is now CLOSED between Lexington (mm 237) and Wyoming for both directions of travel.

Highway 30 is also closed in that same stretch. 

South Dakota

I-90 is closed from Rapid city to Sioux Falls, and -29 is closed from Sioux falls to the north Dakota state line.

Wyoming

I80 is closed from Cheyenne Wyoming to North Platte, NE

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! We keep all of our drivers and dispatchers as up-to-date as possible on all oversize travel closures and restrictions. 

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.

NM DOT Increases Weight Allowance on Trunnions

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (DOT) updated its weights/spacing allowance for 8 tire/10′ wide set up. NM DOT Increases Weight Allowance on Trunnions

According to the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA), several industry heavy haul companies have been involved to see this change.

Prior to the update, New Mexico allowed 57,500 with a minimum of an 18′ spacing. The state had requests from various leaders in the heavy haul industry and the 18′ spacing was reduced to 14′. This created larger permit expenses so industry leaders are extremely happy about this change.

According to the SC&RA, the New Mexico DOT reviewed studies on trunnions and determined they have the same effect on infrastructure as a standard triple axle grouping. The state announced the changes at the WASHTO 2019 Spring meeting. 

SC&RA and industry leaders are very grateful for this change.

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! We keep all of our drivers and dispatchers as up-to-date as possible on all oversize travel closures and restrictions. 

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.

Michigan Spring Weight Restrictions

Effective 6 a.m. Monday, March 18th weight restrictions  will be expanded on all Michigan state trunkline highways from Michigan/Indiana and Michigan/Ohio state lines north to and including the following: Michigan Spring Weight Restrictions

  • M-20 from the intersection of US-31 in Oceana County east to US-131 in Mecosta County
  • North on US-131 to M-20
  • East on M-20 to US-127 in Isabella County
  • North on US-127 to M-61 in Clare County
  • East on M-61 to the intersection of US-23 in the city of Standish, Arenac County

Note, state routes typically carry M, I or US designations.

Spring weight restrictions are imposed because roads are softened by trapped moisture beneath the pavement which makes travel dangerous. This moisture also contributes to pothole problems already occurring due to this winter’s numerous freeze-thaw cycles, according to the MDOT’s news release. 

On all restricted areas, the following will apply:

  • On routes designated as “All Season Routes” (green or gold on the MDOT Truck Operators Map) there will be no reduction in legal axle weight. 
  • On routes designated as “Seasonal” (solid or dashed red on the MDOT Truck Operators Map) there will be a weight reduction of 25 percent for rigid pavements and 35% for flexible pavements. 

Extended permits will be valid for oversize only in the weight restricted area. 

Single trip permits will not be issued for overweight loads or loads exceeding 14 feet in width, 11 axles and 150 feet in overall length in the weight restricted area. 

Detailed Weight Restriction information may be obtained by linking to www.michigan.gov/truckers

 

 

 

New Mexico DOT Permit Office Closed Wed., 3/13

Storms and damaging winds in New Mexico have resulted in the closure of all state offices, including the DOT permit office, on Wednesday, March 13.

Expect oversize load permit delays today, possibly longer. New Mexico DOT Permit Office Closed Wed., 3/13

A combination of high winds, flash flooding, hail and tornadoes hit the state Tuesday with the bad weather continuing into Wednesday.

The severe thunderstorms are expected to advance eastward today and throughout the rest of the week.

Tens of thousands were without power and some CMVs have been reported in wind-related accidents. New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is advising against travel if possible until the storm passes. It is best for all oversize loads to stay off state roads and highways. 

Thousands were without power in areas of the state with downed power lines also being a factor for unsafe travel.

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! We keep all of our drivers and dispatchers as up-to-date as possible on all oversize load permit delays, oversize travel closures and restrictions. 

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.

Operational Closure of Long Beach Oversize Load Route

As of Saturday, March 9 the Port of Long Beach (POLB) will close 9th Street where it crosses the railroad tracks near Pico Avenue, Pier B.

This is an operational closure and the port will allow certain oversize trucks with special permits to cross over the railroad tracks at certain times.WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is keeping up to date with this closure and specifics pertaining to oversize load travel. 

The Port of Long Beach (POLB) announced their plans to close the oversize load route, which is critical for transporting large loads to and from the Long Beach Port, in late 2018. POLB held several status meetings open to the public, where some were were rallying to halt the closure in October and December. Operational Closure of Long Beach Oversize Load Route

During the meetings POLB made it clear that once closed the roadway will not reopen except for oversize trucks that have prescheduled access and are accompanied by CHP escort. 

Furthermore, the fact sheet noted that keeping the 9th street at-grade railroad crossing open to vehicle traffic hampers railroad operations. The closure is expected to allow for the construction of two additional rail lines along Pico Avenue.

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits’ experienced transportation agents are keeping up-to-date with the permits required and routing to continue to help oversize load customers traverse the crossing. For more info, contact us at 888.737.6483. 

Alabama's OS/OW Permit System Maintenance

The Alabama DOT’s online oversize/overweight permit system will undergo maintenance and will be unavailable for almost 24 hours. Alabama's OS/OW Permit System Maintenance

Starting Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. the online system will go down while a new system is implemented. The DOT office expects the new system to be live on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m.

Any permits left in the online permit queue will not be transferred from the old system to the new. 

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! We keep all of our drivers and dispatchers as up-to-date as possible on all oversize travel closures and restrictions. 

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.

Electronic Permit Allowances

A majority of states are now allowing drivers to carry and display oversize load permits electronically, instead of having to carry paper copies.

Carrying and displaying oversize/overweight load permits electronically will provide convenience for those drivers who use a smart phone, tablet or laptop to conduct business. 

Drivers are taking caution as those who rely on smart phones only to show electronic permits in states allowed must be within their data carriers service area. If out of the coverage area, the driver will be considered as having no permit. 

New states are being added all the time, please check this list frequently for updates. 

Below is the breakdown of where each state sits on electronic versus paper permits:

AL — Must have a paper permit

AK — Must be able to show permit regardless of service area or will be considered to have no permit

AZ — Signed paper copy only, no plans to change

AR — Electronic permits allowed on seven-inch screen or larger

CA — Electronic transportation permits (RCATZ/STARS2 only) and any required accompaniments are allowed on any electronic device, no minimum screen size

CO — Electronic permit allowed, no minimum screen size

CT — Electronic verification of permit is acceptable.  The driver must be able to produce the permit on an electronic devise to show enforcement if pulled over. 

DE — Must have paper permit, state does not allow electronic hand held devices at all per state law

FL — Electronic permits are allowed with no minimum screen size, although blanket permits must be a paper copy

GA — Allow for electronic display of single trip permits

HI – Must have paper permit

ID – Must have paper permit

IL — Electronic permits are acceptable on smart phone, tablet or computer

IN — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

IA — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

KS — State law says paper permits only, however some highway patrol will accept electronic permits with permit number

KY — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

LA — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

ME — Must have paper permit

MD — Electronic permits acceptable on smart phone or tablet.

MA — Must have paper permit

MI — Electronic permits are acceptable

MN – Electronic permits are acceptable, must be readable, no minimum screen size

MS — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

MO — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size 

MT —  Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

NE —  Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

NV — Must have paper permit

NH — Electronic permits are acceptable if permit can be signed electronically only

NJ — Paper copy recommended

NM — Electronic permits are acceptable

NY — Must have paper permit

NY THRU — Must have paper permit

NC — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

ND — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

OH — Must have paper permit

OK — Must have paper permit

OR — Scales accept electronic permits, but the state police still have the right to require paper permit

PA — Must have paper permit

RI — Up to officer’s discretion, it is advised to carry paper even with electronic permit

SC — Must have paper permit

SD — Must have paper permit, but looking to change to electronic in near future

TN — Electronic permits are acceptable

TX — Up to law enforcement’s discretion, paper copy is still recommended

UT – Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

VT — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

VA — Electronic permits are acceptable

WA — May have it upload to phone or tablet but it must be signed.

WV — Electronic permits acceptable on smart phone or tablet.

WI — Must have paper permit, farmers can show their no cost permits electronically

WY — Must have paper permit

PennDOT to Ban Commercial Vehicles Due to Weather

Due to Winter weather, including snow and ice, there are 50 weather restrictions in place throughout the state of Pennsylvania, according to PennDOT, and starting at noon, they will enact a ban on Commercial Vehicles with empty trailers and double trailers on several interstates.PennDOT to Ban Commercial Vehicles Due to Weather

PennDOT and PA Turnpike are advising motorists, especially commercial motor vehicles, to take extreme caution throughout the day.

The phased restrictions imposed throughout the storm are outlined below and can be viewed on 511pa.com.

At 6:00 AM Wednesday, a full commercial vehicle ban (including buses) will be in place on I-70 in Fulton County (from the Maryland state line to the Turnpike) and I-99 from I-80 to the Turnpike.

Also at 6:00 AM Wednesday, on I-80 from I-79 to the I-99 interchange and on the Turnpike from New Stanton (exit 75) east to Carlisle (exit 226), the following vehicles will be prohibited:

  • empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks;
  • all Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers);
  • tractors hauling empty trailers;
  • any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs;
  • all motorcycles; and
  • all recreational vehicles and RVs.

At noon on Wednesday, PennDOT and the PA Turnpike will prohibit only empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks; all Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers); tractors hauling empty trailers; any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs; all motorcycles; and all recreational vehicles and RVs on the following roadways:

  • PA Turnpike (I-76, I-276) from I-81 to I-95 (Exit 43);
  • I-76 (Turnpike and non-Turnpike, New Stanton to Philadelphia);
  • I-78 full length from I-81 to the New Jersey state line;
  • I-80 from I-99 to the New Jersey state line;
  • I-81 from the Maryland state line to the New York state line;
  • I-83 from the Maryland state line to I-81;
  • I-84 full length from I-81 to the New York state line;
  • I-176;
  • I-180 full length from Route 220/U.S. 15 to I-80;
  • I-276; PA Turnpike
  • I-283;
  • I-295;
  • I-380 full length from I-81 to I-80;
  • I-476 (non-Turnpike, full length);
  • I-476 (PA Turnpike, Northeast Ext.) from Mid County (exit 20) to Clarks Summit (exit 131);
  • I-676;
  • Route 22 from I-78 to the New Jersey state line; and
  • Route 33 from I-78 to I-80.

A 45-mph speed restriction may be in place on all roadways with vehicle restrictions at least during those timeframes and may be implemented sooner and on non-vehicle-restricted roadways as well.

To help make decisions regarding winter travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

A vehicle emergency kit should be prepared or restocked containing items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. Motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families have such as baby supplies, extra medication and pet supplies.

Motorists should be aware that all vehicles should be fully clear of ice and snow before winter travel. If snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the operator of that vehicle could receive a $200 to $1,000 fine.

When winter weather occurs, PennDOT urges drivers to be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment. When encountering a plow truck, drivers should:

  • Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck.
  • Be alert since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.
  • When a plow truck is traveling toward you, move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width.
  • Never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a “plow train.” The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles.
  • Never travel next to a plow truck since there are blind spots where the operator can’t see, and they can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.
  • Keep your lights on to help the operator better see your vehicle. Also remember that under Pennsylvania state law, vehicle lights must be on every time a vehicle’s wipers are on due to inclement weather.

To report an accident or other emergencies on the PA Turnpike, dial *11 on your mobile phone. If there is an accident, move the car out of travel lane and onto shoulder, if possible, and stay in the vehicle. For more information about PA Turnpike conditions follow the conversation by using https://www.paturnpike.com/travel/twitter.aspx. You may also see advisories by clicking on the travel ticker on www.PATurnpike.com.

 

 

PA Speed, Travel Restrictions for Commercial Vehicles

PennDOT has put some road restrictions and speed restrictions in place in response to winter weather conditions. PA Speed, Travel Restrictions for Commercial Vehicles

There are full commercial vehicle restrictions in place, as well as empty and double trailer restrictions, in addition to speed restrictions.

PA’s full list of restrictions can be found here.

A 45 mph speed limit has been set for some areas directly affecting by freezing rain and sleet. Speed restrictions can be checked at 511pa.com.

After Monday’s snowfall, Tuesday brought on freezing rain and sleet creating hazardous conditions for vehicles, especially commercial vehicles. 

PennDOT started the restrictions Monday night at midnight, with a full commercial ban (including buses) on I-70 in Fulton County from the Maryland line to the turnpike, and on I-99 from I-80 to the Turnpike. 

The following were prohibited on the Turnpike (from New Stanton east to Carlisle) beginning at midnight:

  • empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks
  • all large combination vehicles (double trailers)
  • tractors hauling empty trailers
  • any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs
  • all motorcycles
  • all recreations vehicles and RVs

At 6 a.m. today, all commercial vehicles (including buses) were banned on:

  • I-380 from I-81 to I-80
  • I-80 from I-79 to the New Jersey line
  • I-81 from I-78 to the New York line
  • 1-84 from I-81 to New York line
  • I-476 (northeast extension of Pa. Turnpike) from I-78 to Clarks Summit (exit 131)
  • I-80 full length from Route 220/US 15 to I-80

Also at 6 a.m. today, all vehicles were prohibited on the following roadways:

  • PA Turnpike from I-81 to the New Jersey line
  • I-176
  • I-283
  • I-476 (non-turnpike, full length)
  • I-476 (turnpike northeast extension) from Mid-County (exit 20) to Lehigh Valley (exit 56)
  • I-676
  • I-76 (turnpike and non-turnpike from New Stanton to Philadelphia)
  • I-78 full length
  • I-81 from the Maryland line to I-78 split
  • I-83 from the Maryland line to I-81
  • I-95 full length
  • Route 22 from I-78 to the New Jersey line
  • Route 33 from I-78 to I-80

 

WV/PA Line 13' Wide Oversize Load Restriction

There is a restriction on oversize loads 13-feet or wider at the West Virginia/Pennsylvania line in both directions. WV/PA Line 13' Wide Oversize Load Restriction

The restriction will be in place through March 31st and oversize loads wider than 13-feet are expected to be allowed to travel on Monday, April 1. 

Truck drivers will not granted any exceptions if pulling a load wider than 13 feet and are advised to use US-22 or I-79 as an alternative route. 

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! We keep all of our drivers and dispatchers as up-to-date as possible on all oversize travel closures and restrictions. 

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.