Monday, January 25, 2010

WSDOT Implements Pass System To Get Goods Delivered

Remember last winter and the winter before when Snoqualmie Pass was shut down for hours at a time and there was concern that goods weren't getting delivered by truck because of the shutdown? Well, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has developed a new Commercial Vehicle (CV) Pass System intended to support freight movement by authorizing emergency goods delivery through affected areas during a highway disruption of two to seven days.

I'm not exactly sure how it will work, but according to an email alert sent out by WSDOT recently, the state will activate the Commercial Vehicle Pass System when major freight highways are closed or restricted, and a limited-capacity detour is available nearby. Apparently, trucking companies can apply for a CV pass online, based on the highway detour’s capacity and the priority of goods carried. That pass will then allow that truck or fleet of trucks to use a highway detour that they wouldn't be allowed to use otherwise.

I'll update you when I know more, but in the meantime if you're interested, more details about the CV Pass System, are available by clicking here.

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