PA Gov. Declares State of Emergency, Ban on Commercial Vehicles

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf declared a state of emergency and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has issued a ban on all commercial vehicles on all interstates except I-95 ahead of the weekend’s snow storm. PA Gov. Declares State of Emergency, Ban on Commercial Vehicles

PennDOT, in response to the impending Winter Storm Harper, will be enacting the following restrictions:

  • Full Commercial Vehicle Ban on ALL Interstates except I-95 effective Saturday, Jan. 19 at noon through Sunday Jan. 20 at noon. 
  • The ban will also be imposed on the Turnpike, U.S. 22 in the Lehigh Valley and PA Route 33 in Northampton and Monroe Counties.
  • Speed Limit Restriction – 45 MPH will occur as conditions warrant throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The upcoming storm is expected to bring heavy snow, high winds, sleet and freezing rain across the state through the weekend.

The Governor has issued a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency, which includes a commercial vehicle ban, in advance of Winter Storm Harvey.

The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration has also issued a Regional Emergency Declaration in support of the transport of heating fuel including propane, natural gas, heating oil and other fuel products including gasoline. The following 12 states fall under the declaration; Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. 

The declaration will expire at midnight on Feb. 2.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) also suspended hours of service regulations for drivers hauling heating fuel and other essential supplies in 12 midwestern and eastern states in anticipation of the storm.

Those states include: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. 

New York Also Bans Tractor Trailers

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed the New York State Department of Transportation and the Thruway Authority to ban tractor trailers and buses on the entire Thruway system, with the exception of I-95 in Westchester and Bronx counties, and most interstate highways out of an abundance of caution as winter storm Harper will impact travel across the entire state this weekend. The ban will be in effect beginning 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and will last for the duration of the storm.

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! We are keeping up-to-date on when Oklahoma will resume issuing permits, but we do anticipate a delay once the office is full-staffed again.

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.

 

 

Due to Weather, Oklahoma Permit Office Short-Staffed

Oklahoma’s recent severe weather is still affecting highways, truck driver safety and oversize load permit turnaround. Due to Weather, Oklahoma Permit Office Short-Staffed

The state’s DOT permit office has not had any permit staff to process oversize load permits on Thursday, Jan. 3 or Friday, Jan.4. OK state permits will still self-issue if you are traveling on a route with no closures. 

After areas of the state received almost 7 inches of snow, oversize and commercial motor vehicle travel was limited due to safety and closures. Oklahoma’s weather map shows closed areas and highway conditions.  

Heavy Snowfall & Winter Advisories

The winter storm hit moved in Wednesday night and led into Thursday morning, with another round of snow that fell Thursday afternoon. 

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning through Friday (1/4) morning for northern Texas, parts of the Texas Panhandle and much of Oklahoma. The region had almost 7 inches (7.5 to 18 centimeters) of snow, along with ice accumulations of up to 1 inch (2.5 centimeters). Other parts of Texas and Oklahoma were under winter weather advisories.  

Beware of Icy, Slick Roads

The mix of wintry precipitation has created slippery road conditions and limited visibility. In addition to checking state weather maps for road closures, be extremely cautious. State DOT’s recommend reducing speed, staying at least 150 feet behind any snow removal equipment, and warn to stay off certain roads if it can be avoided. 

The slickest roadways were reported south and west of Oklahoma City.  

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! We are keeping up-to-date on when Oklahoma will resume issuing permits, but we do anticipate a delay once the office is full-staffed again.

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.

Illinois Places Weight Restriction on Cairo Bridge US 60/62
The Illinois Department of Transportation (DOT) will place a weight restriction on the Cairo Bridge effective Wednesday, Dec. 27. Illinois Places Weight Restriction on Cairo Bridge US 60/62
 

The US 60/62 bridge at Cairo that spans across Alexander County, Illinois and Mississippi County, Missouri, and over the Mississippi River. will will be restricting combination vehicles to 37 tons and single unit vehicle to 33 tons. 

 
Repair plans for the bridge are in place, although exact start and finish dates are not available by either the Illinois or Missouri DOT. 
 
The Cairo I-57 Bridge is a steel through arch bridge carrying 4 lanes of Interstate 57 across the Mississippi River at Cairo, Illinois and located in the tri-state area of Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri. It was opened in 1978.
 

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TX DMV Will Allow Cab Cards on Electronic Devices

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles announced motor carriers can display apportioned registration Cab Cards on an electronic device, such as a phone or tablet, starting January 1, 2019. TX DMV Will Allow Cab Cards on Electronic Devices

According to the The Texas DMV, they adopted a rule in December allowing International Registration Plan (IRP) registrants to display an electronic image of cab cards. Previously carriers were required to show a paper original or paper copy of a cab card. Cab cards must be shown to law enforcement upon request.

Cab cards identifies all the jurisdictions in which a registered vehicles are qualified for operation and the declared registered operating weight (combined gross weight) of each jurisdiction.

The rule takes effect on January 1, 2019. However, TxDMV recommends that carriers continue to carry a printed copy of cab cards for 2019 to avoid any confusion with any law enforcement who may not be aware of the change.

Existing rules already allowed carriers to display their Operating Authority (insurance) Cab Cards on electronic devices. Now both forms of cab cards can be displayed electronically. 

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TX Increases Self Issue Oversize Permit Limit

On December 11, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) upgraded the Texas Permitting and Routing System (TxPROS), which included an increase in the self-issue limit. TX Increases Self Issue Limit

The system – TxPROS – allows the self issue of certain permits when the overall size and weight of the load are within specific self-issue limits. The most significant change is the increase in the self issue weight limit from 199,999 to 254,300. 

The overall self-issue dimensions now are:

  • 20-feet wide
  • 18-feet, 11-inches high
  • 125-feet long
  • 254,300 pounds gross weight

The changes apply to cranes as well. Mileage permits for cranes and well servicing units that fall within the dimensions above can also be self-issued. 

The TxPROS system allows for weight certification documents to be uploaded for loads which exceed 200,000 pounds gross weight. 

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DOT Office Closures for President George H.W. Bush Funeral

Several state DOT permit offices will be closed or operating with only a skeleton crew Wednesday, Dec. 5 to honor late President George H.W. Bush on the day of his burial. DOT Office Closures for President George H.W. Bush Funeral

Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Washington D.C. and Texas state DOT permit offices will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Local Baltimore City office will be closed, too.  

Plan Ahead

The states that are closed have not published if the closure is a full or half day, so it is best to plan ahead and anticipate those state permit offices will be closed, which means the state will not be processing applications submitted late on Tuesday, Dec, 4 or on Wednesday, Dec. 5. 

Local Traffic 

The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department also published a traffic advisory for the funeral. 

It sites local traffic and closures near the U.S. Capitol and the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. 

The Motorcade Route from the Washington National Cathedral to Joint Base Andrews will also close Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. 

The below closures were included in the Traffic Advisory for President George H.W. Bush’s funeral.

Motorcade Route from the U.S. Capitol to the Washington National Cathedral

  • Motorcade will depart the U.S. Capitol via Delaware Avenue NE
  • Left on Constitution Avenue NW
  • Right on Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • Right on 15th Street NW
  • Left on Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • Continue on Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • Right on 22nd Street NW
  • Left on Massachusetts Avenue NW
  • Right on Wisconsin Avenue NW
  • Right into the National Cathedral Complex

On Wednesday, December 5, 2018 the below route between the Washington National Cathedral and Joint Base Andrews will begin closure at 11:00 a.m. and will remain closed until approximately 1:30 p.m.  While this closure is in effect, expect extensive traffic delays and closures of side streets.  

Motorcade Route from the Washington National Cathedral to Joint Base Andrews

  • Motorcade will depart the National Cathedral via Wisconsin Avenue NW
  • Left on Wisconsin Avenue NW
  • Left on Massachusetts Avenue NW
  • Right on Waterside Drive NW
  • Merge onto Rock Creek Parkway NW
  • Left on Virginia Avenue NW
  • Left on Constitution Avenue NW
  • Right on 17th Street NW
  • Merge on Independence Avenue SW
  • Right on Maine Avenue SW
  • Merge onto I-395 / I-695 / I-295 South
  • Exit Right onto Suitland Parkway
  • Right on Forestville Road
  • Cross Allentown Road
  • Enter Joint Base Andrews via the Maryland Gate

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars works closely with the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission and the New York DOT and will advise customers during this period. The alternative route to help vehicles cross the Niagara River is via the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge. 

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.

Permanent Closure of Long Beach Oversize Load Route

Another status meeting will take place to further discuss the future closure of a Long Beach port oversize load route, as well as address questions brought up during the October meeting.  

The Port of Long Beach (POLB) plans to close 9th Street where it crosses the railroad tracks near Pico Avenue, a frequently used oversize load route, which is critical for transporting large loads to and from the Long Beach Port. The next status meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 5, open to the public, will include more discussions and the meeting agenda specifically includes a time to respond to questions provided at the October workshop. Permanent Closure of Long Beach Oversize Load Route

The closure of 9th Street at-grade railroad crossing could begin in late 2018, and once closed, the roadway will not reopen except for oversize trucks that have prescheduled access and are accompanied by CHP escort, according to a fact sheet published by the POLB in August. 

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.

POLB is hosting the status update meeting again, as it did the October meeting. There is a specific alternate route proposed as well as other routes which can handle oversize cargo at the port, which is the largest on the West Coast, for travel if the closure happens but is in some cases inadequate. 

Status Update Meeting 

What: POLB Status Update for the Closure of 9th Street
When: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 9:00 AM 
Where: 725 Harbor Plaza L.B. – POLB Maintenance Division Ground Floor Conference Room – Park Outside Fence and Enter @ Pedestrian Gate

Click here for directions to the POLB Maintenance Division. 

Companies affected by the closure are encouraged to attend. 

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I-440 Bridge Construction in Nashville to Impact Traffic, Oversize Travel

The I-440 rehabilitation project has been underway for some time with intermittent shoulder and lane closures during the day, but the major phase of the project will begin in February 2019 which will significantly impact traffic and restrict oversize load travel. I-440 Bridge Construction in Nashville to Impact Traffic, Oversize Travel

The improvements are focused at repaving and replacing the road surface, and will take place on I-440 bridge over I-65 with the total contract nearing $150 million. Traffic will be impacted, but TN Department of Transportation (TDOT) ensured construction would not require a full closure.

At this time, TDOT has not released a width, height or weight limit for oversize vehicles, but due to specific lane closures and construction delays are anticipated, which  could get longer with oversize transport. 

February 2019

Barrier rail will be installed in late February 2019, which will reduce the number of travel lanes throughout the corridor, allowing work to begin on the concrete surface and the median. The closures are scheduled as follows.

  • Daytime: two lanes of travel open in each direction between 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
  • Nighttime: one lane of travel open in each direction between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

The lane reductions will be in place for the duration of the project. No shoulders will be available during the construction. TDOT is working on emergency response and response time for any emergencies. 

The project will overhaul I-440 after years of deterioration and a temporary resurfacing earlier this year, and also includes new lighting installations, sound wall construction and laying fiber optic lines. Exit ramps at Murphy Road and Hillsboro Pike will also be improved.

Construction is expected to last until August 2020. 

TDOT provided more information on the I-440 project, including a timeline. 

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars works closely with the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission and the New York DOT and will advise customers during this period. The alternative route to help vehicles cross the Niagara River is via the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge. 

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.

 

November Holidays: Oversize Travel Restrictions

Oversize load travel restrictions and department of transportation (DOT) oversize/overweight permit office closures are available for truck drivers and dispatchers to plan ahead for some upcoming holidays in November. November Holidays: Oversize Travel Restrictions

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. Every DOT oversize permit office is open, and most states post no travel restrictions with the exception of the New York City permit office.

Veteran’s Day is observed on Monday, November 12 and a majority of state permit offices are closed, and several have oversize travel restrictions including no oversize travel allowed on Nov. 12.

 Thanksgiving Day is observed on Thursday, November 22. All state permit offices are closed with a majority also closed on Friday, November 23. Most states have travel restrictions in place for the holiday, with some starting as early as Tuesday, November 20. 

Some states also note a specific height, width and length restriction for Thanksgiving. 

WCS contacts each state to obtain the most accurate holiday closure information, although some states post updates while other states don’t publish or give out oversize travel restrictions until closer to the holiday. Updates will be posted as each state makes them available so it’s important to check back in for updates. 

WCS Permits puts together a list of oversize load travel restrictions and oversize permit office closures by state for every major holiday. 

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Nevada Permit Office Closed for Nevada Day

The state of Nevada’s Commercial Vehicle Permits Office will be closed on Friday, Oct. 26 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, Oct. 29.  Nevada Permit Office Closed 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 states 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 the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission and the New York DOT and will advise customers during this period. The alternative route to help vehicles cross the Niagara River is via the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge. 

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.