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  • October 19, 2020 8:12 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Night Shift partial lane closures for SB 100 between Penn Drive and Shantz Road and a partial lane closure on Shantz Rd EB leading toward the intersection will occur between the hours of 6 PM and 6 AM 10/18 to 10/23, 10/25 to 10/29 for the watermain relocation operation.

    TRAFFIC SWITCH

    10/25 into 10/26 - 6PM to 6AM / Removal of Northbound barrier between Industrial Blvd and Shantz Road, traffic will be reestablished into two lanes north, Still no left hand turn onto Shantz Rd Westbound.

    10/26 into 10/27 - 6PM to 6AM / Removal of Southbound barrier between Shantz Road and Industrial Blvd, traffic will be reestablished into two lanes South, the left hand turn lane will be reopened for the left turn onto Industrial Blvd eastbound. The existing road closure for Industrial Blvd will be removed and the intersection of Industrial Blvd / SR 0100 will be returned to normal operations.

    10/27 into 10/28 - 6PM to 6AM / A short term traffic pattern will be established overnight between Shantz Rd and the 78 Interchange where the contractor will be taking the inner lanes both North and South bound in order to remove 370 LF of existing Median Barrier from Penn Drive back toward the 78 interchange. they will also be performing pothole repairs and paving corrections over previously placed materials at the cross pipe runs. Traffic will be reopened in the AM to normal traffic pattern.

    10/28 into 10/29 - 6PM to 6AM / NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN TO BE ESTABLISHED / The contractor will be setting barrier for the new northbound 100 between Shantz Rd and Penn Drive. Once this pattern is set the following turn lanes and road ways will be closed until all of Segment 2 work is completed. 1) No left hand turn to Shantz Rd WB from 100 NB, 2) No left hand turn to Penn Drive WB from 100 NB, 3) Shantz Rd East Bound the inner most turn lane will be closed off, Only one turn lane for NB 100 traffic, their will still be a thru lane to Shantz and the right turn to 100 SB will still be in use. 4) Shantz Rd WB will be closed at the intersection of SR 100, a new detour route will be set up with traffic being diverted to Industrial Blvd. All traffic on Shantz Rd will be stopped prior to WAWA. 5) No left hand Turn onto Shantz Rd EB from 100 SB, all traffic will be diverted towards Industrial Blvd to follow the newly established Detour Route. There will still be two lanes of travel NB between Shantz and Penn Drive.

    10/29 into 10/29 - 6PM to 6AM / NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN TO BE ESTABLISHED / The contractor will be setting barrier from Penn Drive to Shantz Road southbound. All new road construction work will be occurring behind this barrier starting on 11/02/2020. The Shantz Rd WB Ramp from 100 SB will be closed off, Trucks and Cars will be able to still turn right to get onto Shantz Rd WB at the intersection or they will be able to go down to Industrial Blvd and follow the detour route there


  • October 15, 2020 3:38 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    DRIVER RECORDS

    What information is reported to the Clearinghouse?

    The FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse contains information on all violations of the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Testing Program incurred by drivers who hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or commercial learner’s permit (CLP). These violations include:

    • Report for duty/remain on duty for safety-sensitive function with alcohol concentration of 0.04 or greater or while using any drug specified in the regulations (Part 40), other than those prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner
    • Alcohol use while performing, or within four hours of performing, a safety-sensitive function
    • Alcohol use within eight hours of an accident, or until post-accident test, whichever occurs first
    • Test positive for use of specified drugs
    • Refusing to submit to a required alcohol or drug test

    What can a driver do about inaccurate information?

    If an employer or medical review officer (MRO) enters violation information in your Clearinghouse record that you believe to be inaccurate, you may petition FMCSA to review the information by submitting a driver petition in FMCSA’s DataQs system. Download the Submitting a Petition for Data Review Job Aid for more details.

    Note that you are permitted to challenge only the accuracy of information in the Clearinghouse reflected in one of the following categories:

    • Accuracy of data in driver record
    • Actual knowledge violation did not result in a conviction
    • Actual knowledge violation did not comply with reporting requirements
    • Refusal to test violation did not comply with reporting requirements

    Drivers may not use the petition process to challenge the accuracy of test results or refusals.

    How can drivers view their Clearinghouse record?

    To view a Clearinghouse record electronically, a driver must be registered in the Clearinghouse and have verified his or her CDL or CLP information.

    If you have completed registration but not verified your CDL/CLP information, log in to the Clearinghouse and navigate to My Driver Profile and click Add CDL#.

    Having trouble verifying a CDL? .

    If your CDL number has special characters (such as spaces or dashes), try entering the CDL number with or without these characters, as requirements vary by State. If your CDL number begins with a zero, or multiple zeroes, be sure to enter these.

    Log in to the Clearinghouse →

    Not registered? Register today.


  • October 13, 2020 11:00 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    FMCSA has updated the SMS Website with the September 25, 2020 results. With this snapshot, FMCSA has aligned the violations used in SMS to reflect the latest changes to violations recorded as part of the roadside inspection program. A summary of the violation changes is available in the SMS Appendix A spreadsheet.

    Complete SMS results are available to enforcement users and motor carriers that are logged into the SMS Website

    Three Months Left to Meet Clearinghouse Annual Query Requirements

    If an employer has not yet conducted queries in the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse on any CDL drivers they currently employ, time is running out. The deadline to meet the annual query requirement (per § 382.701) is January 5, 2021.

    This annual query requirement is tracked on a rolling 12-month basis. For instance, if an employer conducts a query of a CDL driver on October 9, 2020, the employer will not need to query that driver again until October 9, 2021.

    Employers must purchase a query plan to ensure they, and their designated consortia/third-party administrators (C/TPAs), can conduct queries on prospective and current drivers. Learn more about query plans.

    Be sure to register for the Clearinghouse and conduct your annual queries today. To learn more, download the queries and consent requests factsheet.


  • October 07, 2020 11:49 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Highland, N.Y. – The New York State Bridge Authority (NYSBA) today announced the start of the full deck replacement project on the north (westbound) span of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, as well as new traffic patterns that will take effect by mid-December. Once the multi-year project is complete, drivers will experience a brand new road surface while traveling westbound on the span. It represents a major capital improvement in a critical connector for the Hudson Valley and the Northeast.

    The north span of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge is the older of the dual spans and carries westbound Interstate 84 traffic across the Hudson River. First opened in 1963, the last deck replacement took place in the early 1980s, shortly after the south span of the Newburgh-Beacon was opened.

    To ensure that the project is completed effectively and efficiently, the Bridge Authority and its contractor have announced a plan to reroute traffic during construction. Most traffic will be routed onto the wider south span, with the exception of westbound traffic coming from Route 9D. By December 15, 2020, the following traffic patterns will be in effect:

    • For eastbound traffic coming from I-84: Two lanes, rather than the usual three, will go across the south span of the bridge. Traffic entering I-84 from the Route 9W on-ramp will need to merge into eastbound traffic.
    • For westbound traffic coming from I-84: Two lanes from I-84 will be routed toward the south span within the vicinity of the toll plaza. Once on the bridge, eastbound and westbound traffic will be separated by a concrete barrier.
    • For westbound traffic coming from Route 9D: Drivers will utilize the exit ramp and stay in the northernmost lane on the north span, which currently functions as a breakdown lane. Bridge Authority maintenance staff will be repaving the breakdown lane during summer 2020 to prepare it for its increased use during construction.

    “Our engineering team and contractor believe the traffic plan we have put in place is the best option for keeping traffic flowing while the bridge receives this vital improvement,” said Tara Sullivan, Acting Executive Director for the Bridge Authority. “The Newburgh-Beacon Bridge is a critical connector for the Hudson Valley and the entire Northeast. It will remain that way for decades to come, thanks to this deck replacement.”

    The entire deck replacement project at the north span is expected to wrap up by July 2023, with most work expected to take place in 2021 and 2022.

    Yonkers Contracting Co. was awarded the project in June. In addition to the deck replacement, Yonkers Contracting will also be putting in structural elements for a future conversion to cashless tolling. The Bridge Authority encourages all drivers to make the switch to E-ZPass in order to save time and money during their travels. Information on setting up an account can be found at www.e-zpassny.com.

    The south span of the Newburgh-Beacon had its deck replaced between 2012 and 2014. One difference with the newest deck replacement project will be that the concrete will be poured in place on the bridge, rather than pre-poured panels of concrete being installed on the bridge. This eliminates joints between panels and ensures a better finished product. Another difference from the previous deck replacement project is that traffic will have more room to travel by being able to access the wider south span during the construction project.

    Once complete, the deck replacement of the Newburgh-Beacon north span will cap off a decade-long period of several significant improvements to the Bridge Authority’s most traveled crossing. In addition to the south span deck replacement, the Bridge Authority completed a rehabilitation of the I-84 overpass over Route 9W in 2019.  

    Traffic updates for all spans operated by the New York State Bridge Authority can be found on NYSBA’s Facebook and Twitter profiles at www.facebook.com/NYSBridge and www.twitter.com/NYSBridge.  

    The New York State Bridge Authority

    The New York State Bridge Authority operates the Bear Mountain, Newburgh-Beacon, Mid-Hudson, Kingston-Rhinecliff and Rip Van Winkle Bridges. It also owns and maintains the structure of the Walkway Over the Hudson pedestrian bridge. The Authority is funded principally from bridge tolls and receives no state or federal tax monies for bridge maintenance and operation. Learn more at www.nysba.ny.gov.


  • October 02, 2020 2:37 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    FMCSA has created an online tool to help drivers and their organizations better understand the new changes to the Hours of Service Regulations.

    Within the tool, you can enter duty statuses into the the log to identify potential violations. You can access ETHOS here: https://eld.fmcsa.dot.gov/HOSRuleTool

  • October 01, 2020 12:39 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    CVSA's quarterly magazine was recently released and featured an article on former President Kevin Stewart as a part of a series on leaders of state associations. 

    You can read the digital version here: https://issuu.com/cvsaorg/docs/q3-2020-guardian 

    Or you can view the PDF version here: https://www.cvsa.org/wp-content/uploads/Q3-2020-Guardian.pdf

    The article begins on page 4 of the magazine. 


  • September 30, 2020 2:26 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Pennsylvania announced today they are extending the expiration date for CDLs and CLPs.  Below is a summary of the updated changes.

    Expiration dates for commercial driver licenses and commercial learner’s permits are extended for Pennsylvania residents through November 29, 2020.

    Effective September 30, the following products' expiration dates are extended:

    • Commercial learner's permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020, through November 29, 2020;
    • Commercial driver licenses scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020, through November 29, 2020; and
    • Hazardous Materials Endorsements (HME) for individuals who are a Pennsylvania-licensed commercial driver's license holder and who held a valid, unexpired HME with a determination of no security threat on or after March 6, 2020.


  • September 29, 2020 9:35 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    The new Hours of Service Regulations go into effect today, Sept. 29, 2020.

    See these documents for a quick review of the changes.

  • September 25, 2020 9:07 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Registration for the 2021 UCR registration year will open October 1, 2020, and 8:00 a.m. EDT. Fees will remain the same as they are for 2020 and are currently listed on the UCR Website. Registration for the 2019 registration year (except for state audit purposes) will end September 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.EDT.


    2020 UCR Registration Year – Fees

    Bracket Number of commercial motor vehicles owned or operated by exempt or non-exempt motor carrier, motor private carrier, or freight forwarder Fee per entity for exempt or non-exempt motor carrier, motor private carrier, or freight forwarder Fee per entity for broker or leasing company
    B1 0-2 $59 $59
    B2 3-5 $176
    B3 6-20 $351
    B4 21-100 $1,224
    B5 101-1,000 $5,835
    B6 1,001 and above $56,977


  • September 18, 2020 3:09 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)
    • Major changes to the waiver: 
      • Extends most provisions of the waiver through December 31, 2020.
      • Waiver covers drivers whose medical certification or variance expired on or after March 1 and before June 1, 2020, until October 31, 2020.
      • Waiver covers drivers whose medical certification or variance expired on or after June 1, 2020, until December 31, 2020.
      • FMCSA does not anticipate waiving the medical certification requirements beyond October 31, 2020, for drivers whose medical certification or variance expired before June 1, 2020.
      • FMCSA urges these drivers to obtain a new medical certificate or variance as soon as practicable.  

    View the full waiver here.

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