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Emergency Routing Collaboration Site

FHWA has established this Emergency Routing Collaboration site to work with partners to facilitate the movement of vehicles and equipment before, during and after major emergencies to enhance response and recovery efforts. Catastrophic events, such as weather emergencies, often require utilities and other public and private sector entities to work together to clear debris, fix downed power lines, and rebuild infrastructure. Immediately before, during, and after a declared emergency, an increased number of oversized and overweight loads require expedited permits to travel to affected areas. In addition, utilities may be required to obtain International Registration Plan (IRP) and International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) trip permits to drive vehicles across state lines. Delays in obtaining permits, particularly during non-business hours, over holidays or when permitting offices are very busy, can delay the movement of these vehicles.

The findings and report of the Emergency Route Working Group (ERWG) highlighted many of these issues. Section 5502 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act directed the U.S. Department of Transportation to create the ERWG. The purpose of the ERWG was to provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation on best practices for expeditious state approval of special permits for vehicles involved in emergency response and recovery. FHWA has provided a record of the ERWG’s work.

In response to the work of the ERWG, FHWA is conducting an inventory of the status of automated permitting systems in the states. To minimize the need to contact states, FHWA has used existing sources to compile information. We encourage states to review the information provided in the links below and provide feedback with any recent changes. In addition, FHWA seeks to facilitate the exchange of information on other best practices in emergency routing.

1. Review Background

​Review background information about the nature of the emergency routing challenge.

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2. Review Samples of Information

Review samples of the types of information that we are seeking from the states.

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3. Provide Feedback

We are collecting information on:

Automated permitting systems
Waivers or other relief provided during emergency declarations
Emergency permits

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4. View Other States’ Activities

Access information about how other states handle their permitting procedures.

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