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Commercial Vehicle Emergency Detour Pass

Keeping freight moving during major transportation disruptions is key to supporting the state’s economy and jobs, and to ensure that essential needs are met. The Commercial Vehicle Emergency Detour Pass system is intended to support freight movement by authorizing emergency, essential, and other goods delivery through affected areas during emergency highway disruption of two to seven days.

The state will activate the system when major freight highways are closed or severely restricted, and a limited-capacity detour is available nearby. Passes will be issued based on the highway detour’s capacity and the priority of goods carried, as determined by the State Emergency Operation Center during an emergency. Detour Passes will not be issued until the Washington State Department of Transportation has determined the detour route to be safe, potentially on the second or third day after the highway closure.

In the event of an emergency, truck drivers and companies can request and receive passes online. Request a Detour Pass to travel on a detour route during emergency conditions.
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