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Washington Road Conditions (800)695-7623-Road conditions http://wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/(Road conditions map) http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/construction/(Road construction map) WASHINGTON PILOT CAR REGULATIONS When Permit Is Needed Over 8'6" wide Over 14' high Trailer over 53' long Special Information Needed Mileposts required for each section of highway covered by an overweight permit Times of Movement 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset Mon-Thurs & Fri. until 3:00 pm. Overweight only 24-7 Sat. all day, Sun. until noon Travel prohibited on the following holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas; prohibition includes: a) the afternoon prior if the holiday falls on a weekday, b) the preceding Friday or the following Monday if the holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday (Additionally, the State Permit Office will be closed on the above holidays as well as Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day and Veteran’s Day) When Pilot/Escort Vehicle is Required (Additional pilot cars may be required based on situation) http://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=468-38-100 2-lane highways: Width-over 11'-2 (front & rear) Over 105' long (or rear overhang exceeds 1/3 total length)-1 rear Over 14'6" high-1 front + county or city authorization Front overhang (depending on route)-1 rear The truck driver can’t see 200’ to the rear of the load w/ mirrors Multi-lane highways: Width-over 14'-20'- 1 rear Width-over 20'- 2 (front & rear) Length-over 125'- 1 rear Height-over 14'6”- 1 front w/high pole + county to city authorization Front overhang over 20'-1 front Rear overhang greater than 20'-1 rear The truck driver can’t see 200’ to the rear of the load w/ mirrors Mobile homes: Over 15' high-1 front Farm implements: Width-over 12'6" on 2-lane state highways-2 (front & rear) Width-over 14' on multiple-lane state highways-1 rear Requirements for Pilot/Escort Vehicle Lights: 2 flashing or rotating amber lights above roof line. Headlights on at all times. Signs: “Oversize Load” sign dimensions: 5’ wide x 10” high; 1” stroke black letters (8” high) on yellow background Sign must be mounted over roof of pilot car Additional equipment: Height pole in use at all times when load is over 14’6” in height (extended not less than 3” nor more than 6“ above load max height); Exterior rear-view mirrors on right & left sides; Standard 18” stop/slow paddle sign; 3 bi-directional emergency reflective triangles; 1-5lb. B,C fire extinguisher, or equivalent; High visibility safety garment (fluorescent yellow-green, fluorescent orange-red or fluorescent red); Height pole; First-aid supplies as prescribed in WAC 29-800-15020; Flashlight w/ red nose cone (should carry additional batteries) Requirements for Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operator Must possess valid WA state pilot/escort vehicle operator certificate/card or certification from another jurisdiction approved by the department, subject to the periodic review of the issuing jurisdiction’s certification program. WA’s operator cards must be renewed every 3 years. Certification test may be taken by contacting the Pilot Escort and Flagging instructor @ (509)684-7632. Questions? Call (360)705-7987. Currently recognized certifications: UT, FL, & NC Dept. of Transportation Permits Office Hours: 7am-5pm PT 921 Lakeridge Way; PO Box 47367 Olympia, WA 98504-7367 (360)704-6340; Fax: (360)704-6350 http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/commercialvehicle/ Ports of Entry - Ports don’t issue permits Permits must be acquired before entering the state Plymouth I-81 NB (509) 734-7043 Ridgefield I-5 NB (360) 887-8231 Bow Hill I-5 SB (360) 766-6196 Spokane I-90 WB (509) 226-3366