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WCS Permits Showcases Services, Technology at Breakbulk Americas

WCS Permits Showcases Services, Technology at Breakbulk

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars, North America’s oversize load authority, exhibited last week at the nation’s largest project cargo and breakbulk industry trade show, Breakbulk Americas in Houston, Texas. WCS Permits Showcases Services, Technology at Breakbulk

Breakbulk took place at the George R. Brown Convention Center Oct. 2 – 4, and is the largest exhibition of its kind in America, which brings together providers of breakbulk and project cargo services.

WCS Permits showcased its services, including oversize load permits, superload permits, route surveys, logistics consulting, trip & fuel permits, pilot car brokerage and truck safety equipment. 

Exhibiting at the show also allowed team WCS to show off their technology. WCS owns and maintains The Oversize Load Assistant; an online permit manual with the ability to search by regulations, US state, Canadian Provence or a combination. This year, WCS has a new feature of the Oversize Load Assistant to demonstrate, the Permit Calculator. The calculator allows users to estimate permit fees based on their upcoming travel. By entering a few variables such as dimensions and estimated miles being traveled, the program calculates a permit total for the user. This feature is part of the premium membership option available. The basic plan allows users to search regulations such as pilot car regulations, oversize load dimensions, oversize night and weekend travel, holiday travel and more. The premium plan includes the calculator, plus all of what is included in the basic plan. 

Booth visitors also learned about the Permit Accompaniment app, also published by WCS Permits on the App Store. The app has city, county and state provisions listed for all 50 US states, as well as the 13 Canadian Provinces. Both a free and paid version are available on the App Store and Google Play. The free version includes state provisions and the paid version includes city and county provisions. WCS will provide demonstrations during the show. 

WCS’ technology also includes an online permit portal, which allows customers to order, view and print  oversize load permits online. 

For over 20 years, WCS Permits has been offering its services to transportation companies, brokers, freight forwarders, owner operators, crane companies and more throughout the United States and Canada. In more recent years, WCS has also expanded its truck safety product offering to include in-house manufactured oversize load signs, FoxFire lights, safety flags, measuring poles and other truck safety products. All products are sold online at store.wcspermits.com

WCS Permits is already committed to exhibiting next year at the 2019 Breakbulk Americas show Oct. 8 – 10, again at the George Brown Convention Center in Houston. 

For more information on the 2018 show, visit the 2018 Breakbulk America’s website

More About WCS Permits & Pilot Cars

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is North America’s oversize load authority. We provide various industries with oversize load permitstrip & fuel permitssuperload permits, route surveying, transportation consultingpilot car dispatching and truck safety equipment throughout the United States and Canada. We also take pride in offering some of the latest tools drivers and dispatchers need for optimal convenience, including our Permit Accompaniments App available on the App Store and Google Play, and our online permit manual, The Oversize Load Assistant. We manufacture all of our over-dimensional signage in our Los Angeles, CA sign-shop.

The company was formed in 1998 as a small Southern California-based pilot car and oversize permit service. After a few short years of providing pilot car dispatch and oversize load permits in California and the Western United States, the company further expanded its reach and grew until it was servicing the entire U.S. and Canada. 

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Peace Bridge Overwidth and Overweight Construction Restrictions

Peace Bridge OS/OW Construction Restrictions

Beginning Monday, Oct. 15, the Peace Bridge center lane will be closed to complete the final phase of the Peace Bridge Rehabilitation project and oversize and overweight vehicles will be prohibited from crossing. Peace Bridge OS/OW Construction Restrictions

The construction is expected to conclude on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, and for the 7 month period, no oversize or overweight vehicles will be allowed on the bridge. That means any vehicles operating under overwidth or overweight permits will not be able to access the bridge in either direction. Vehicles that are 11′ wide or over, 15’6″ tall, over 130,000 pounds or over 60′ long require oversize load permits. 

Any vehicles meeting normal Ontario Highway Traffic Act or New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) size and weight limits will not be affected.

The Peace Bridge is an international bridge between Canada and the United States at the east end of Lake Erie at the source of the Niagara River, about 20 kilometers upriver of Niagara Falls. It connects Buffalo, New York, in the United States to Fort Erie, Ontario, in Canada. The bridge is owned and operatred by the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority, and has been since 1933. 

Although the Peace Bridge has been undergoing construction for years, with the upcoming period being the final phase, all three lanes of the bridge were open during the past Summer to accomodate more travelers. At that time, oversize and overweight vehicles were allowed to travel.  

The $100 million rehabilitation project will complete once this last phase of construction is over in may. 

For More Information

For more information on the upcoming construction, contact the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission online or by phone at 905-354-5641, ext. 4161 or at 716-285-6322, ext. 4161. 

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars works closely with the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission and the New York DOT and will advise customers during this period. The alternative route to help vehicles cross the Niagara River is via the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge. 

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! If you have any questions, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to reach our customer service department. One of our experienced transportation agents can help you with any needs and questions that you may have or direct you to the expert who can.

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FL Permit Office Closed as Hurricane Michael Makes Landfall

FL Permit Office Closed as Storm Preparations Continue

The state of Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) permit office is closed until at least Friday, Oct. 12 after Hurricane Michael made landfall Wednesday.  FL Permit Office Closed as Storm Preparations Continue

The category 4 storm hit the Florida coastline late Wednesday just after 1 p.m. with more heavy rain, high winds and debris expected for days to come.

A state of emergency has been issued for North Carolina, Florida and Alabama. In North Carolina, strong winds are expected for 36 hours with the heaviest rain expected late Thursday morning. Since Monday, all three states have had some level of power outages, wind damage and debris from high winds and heavy rain. 

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey have issued an emergency declaration which will allow truck drivers providing direct assistance to storm-affected areas to operate outside of normal hours of service regulations during the transportation of goods, supplies and services in the aftermath of the storm. 

The emergency declaration further authorizes the state to help respond to the storm and prevents price gouging in areas requesting goods and other assistance. 

Restrictions on heavy vehicles, including trucks, are also waived while the declaration is in place.  

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! If you have any questions, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to reach our customer service department. One of our experienced transportation agents can help you with any needs and questions that you may have or direct you to the expert who can.

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Permanent Closure of Long Beach Oversize Load Route

Permanent Closure of Long Beach Oversize Load Route

The Port of Long Beach (POLB) plans to close 9th Street where it crosses the railroad tracks near Pico Avenue, a frequently used oversize load route, which is critical for transporting large loads to and from the Long Beach Port.Permanent Closure of Long Beach Oversize Load Route

The closure of 9th Street at-grade railroad crossing could begin in late 2018, and the roadway will not reopen except for oversize trucks that have prescheduled access and are accompanied by CHP escort, according to a fact sheet published by the POLB. 

Furthermore, the fact sheet noted that keeping the 9th street at-grade railroad crossing open to vehicle traffic hampers railroad operations. The closure is expected to allow for the construction of two additional rail lines along Pico Avenue.

POLB is hosting a status update meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 11 a.m., which is open to the public. Discussion of the closure is the main topic, however other topics including post closure oversize permits are on the agenda. Truckers and other industry officials are expected to be in attendance to voice concerns.  

There is a specific alternate route proposed as well as other routes which can handle oversize cargo at the port, which is the largest on the West Coast, for travel if the closure happens but is in some cases inadequate. 

Status Update Meeting 

What: POLB Status Update for the Closure of 9th Street
When: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 11:00 AM-1:00 PM PST
Where: 725 Harbor Plaza L.B. – POLB Maintenance Division Ground Floor Conference Room – Park Outside Fence and Enter @ Pedestrian Gate

Click here for directions to the POLB Maintenance Division. 

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars will have representation at the meeting. Companies affected by the closure are encouraged to attend. 

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! If you have any questions, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to reach our customer service department. One of our experienced transportation agents can help you with any needs and questions that you may have or direct you to the expert who can.

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Get Hands On with WCS Permits at Breakbulk Americas

Get Hands On with WCS Permits at Breakbulk Americas

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars, North America’s oversize load authority, is excited to be exhibiting at this year’s project cargo and breakbulk industry trade show, Breakbulk Americas in Houston, Texas the first week of October. Get Hands On with WCS Permits at Breakbulk Americas

Breakbulk takes place at the George R. Brown Convention Center Oct. 2 – 4, and is the largest exhibition of its kind in America, which brings together providers of breakbulk and project cargo services.

WCS Permits looks forward to showcasing its services, including oversize load permits, logistics consulting, trip & fuel permits, pilot cars and truck safety equipment. 

Exhibiting also allows team WCS to show off their technology. WCS owns and maintains The Oversize Load Assistant; an online permit manual with the ability to search by regulations, US state, Canadian Provence or a combination. This year, WCS has a new feature of the Oversize Load Assistant to demonstrate, the Permit Calculator. The calculator allows users to estimate permit fees based on their upcoming travel. By entering a few variables such as dimensions and estimated miles being traveled, the program calculates a permit total for the user. This feature is part of the premium membership option available. The basic plan allows users to search regulations such as pilot car regulations, oversize load dimensions, oversize night and weekend travel, holiday travel and more. The premium plan includes the calculator, plus all of what is included in the basic plan. 

Booth visitors can also learn about the Permit Accompaniment app, also published by WCS. The app has city, county and state provisions listed for all 50 US states, as well as the 13 Canadian Provinces. Both a free and paid version are available on the App Store and Google Play. The free version includes state provisions and the paid version includes city and county provisions. WCS will provide demonstrations during the show. 

For over 20 years, WCS Permits has been offering its services to transportation companies in the United States and Canada. In more recent years, WCS has also expanded its truck safety product offering to include in-house manufactured oversize load signs, FoxFire lights, safety flags, measuring poles and other truck safety products. WCS will show off some of the product line at the show. The company also sells all products online via their web store at store.wcspermits.com

Located this year at booth no. 245 during Breakbulk Americas, don’t miss WCS Permits & Pilot Cars in the 200 aisle adjacent to concessions. 

The George R. Brown Convention Center is located at 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX 77010. 

For more information on this year’s show, visit the 2018 Breakbulk America’s website

 

 

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NC: Florence Road Closure, Detour Update

North Carolina Road Closures, Detours Post Florence

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is still advising motorists not to travel through southerneastern or south central parts of the state, including sections of I-95 and I-40 which are still flooded. North Carolina Road Closures, Detours Post Florence

It is also unsafe for the public to get to and from Wilmington.  

As the days pass since Florence struck the Carolinas, the DOT is working to open some sections, and is still keeping an eye on other areas still affected by flooding. 

NCDOT released a statement on Thursday, Sept. 20 that lists the following counties as unsafe for motorists to travel in due to flooding. Those counties include:

  • Bladen
  • Brunswick
  • Columbus, 
  • Western Craven (west of US 17)
  • Cumberland
  • Duplin
  • Harnett
  • Hoke
  • southern Johnston (south of 70)
  • Jones 
  • Lenoir
  • New Hanover
  • Pender
  • Robeson
  • Sampson
  • Scotland
  • southern Wayne (south of 70 Business)

NCDOT recommends some less likely flooded routes when traveling is essential, including the following.

From Raleigh to Kinston

  • I-440 to US 64 East
  • US 264 East to NC 11 South in Greenville
  • Continue on NC 11 South to Kinston

From Raleigh to New Bern

  • I-440 to US 64 East
  • Take Exit 436 to US 264 East
  • US 264 East through Greenville to Washington
  • In Washtington, take US 264 East to US 17 South
  • US 17 South to New Bern

From Raleigh to Havelock

  • I-440 to US 64 East
  • Take Exit 436 to US 264 East
  • US 264 East through Greenville to Washington
  • In Washington, take US 264 East to US 17 South
  • US 17 South to New Bern
  • In New Bern, take US 17 South to US 70 East
  • US 70 East to Havelock

From Raleigh to Morehead City

  • I-440 to US 64 East
  • Take Exit 436 to US 264 East
  • US 264 East through Greenville to Washington
  • In Washington, take US 264 East to US 17 South
  • US 17 South to New Bern
  • In New Bern, take US 17 South to US 70 East
  • US 70 East through Havelock to Morehead City

From Raleigh to Jacksonville

  • I-440 to US 64 East
  • Take Exit 436 to US 264 East
  • US 264 East through Greenville to Washington
  • In Washington, take US 264 East to US 17 South
  • US 17 South to New Bern
  • In New Bern, take US 17 South to US 70 East
  • US 70 East through Havelock to Morehead City
  • In Morehead City take US 70 east to NC 24 West
  • NC 24 West through Swansboro to Jacksonville

The state released a List of Roads Affected by the Storm and Roadway Conditions by County

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! If you have any questions, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to reach our customer service department. One of our experienced transportation agents can help you with any needs and questions that you may have or direct you to the expert who can.

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States, FMCSA Issue Waivers & Emergency Declarations

States, FMCSA Issue Waivers & Emergency Declarations

As Hurricane Florence nears the U.S., several states have individually released a declaration of States, FMCSA Issue Waivers & Emergency Declarations emergency while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released a regional emergency declaration which warrant specific exemptions including the temporary waiver of oversize/overweight permit fees.

FMCSA Regional Declaration

The FMCSA’s Regional Emergency Declaration includes Delaware, District of Colombia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia and applies to motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance to the emergency in the affected states and jurisdictions in direct support of relief efforts for Hurricane Florence. 

North Carolina

North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper has issued a state of emergency (Executive Order No. 52) and temporary suspension of motor vehicle regulations to ensure restoration of utility services and transporting essentials due to the potential impacts from Hurricane Florence. 

Specifically pertaining to oversize load transport, the executive order, says the DPS (Department of Public Safety), in conjunction with the DOT (Department of Transportation), shall waive certain size and weight restrictions and penalties arising under N.C. Gen. State. 20-116, 20-118 and 20-119. And the DPS shall temporarily suspend weighing vehicles used to transport livestock, poultry or crops ready to be harvested and feed to livestock and poultry in the emergency area.

However, size and weight restrictions and penalties, and oversize load restrictions, have not been waived under the following conditions:

  • When the vehicle weight exceeds the maximum gross weight criteria established by the manufacturer (GVWR) or 90,000 pounds gross weight, whichever is less.
  • When the tandem axle weight exceeds 42,000 pounds and the single axle weight exceeds 22,000 pounds.
  • When a vehicle and vehicle combination exceed twelve (12) feet in width and the total, overall vehicle combination’s length exceeds seventy-five (75) feet from bumper to bumper.
  • Vehicles and vehicle combinations subject to exemptions or permits by authority of this Executive Order shall not be exempt from the requirement having (1) a yellow banner on the front and rear that is seven (7) feet long and eighteen (18) inches wide and bears the legend “Oversize Load” in ten (10) inch black letters 1.5 inches wide and two (2) red flags measuring eighteen (18) inches square on all sides at the widest point of the load. In addition, when operating between sunset and sunrise, a certified escort shall be required for loads exceeding eight (8) feet, six (6) inches in width. 

Read the full executive order here.

Kentucky

Kentucky’s Declaration of Emergency states truck drivers will not be held to hours of service standards if transporting relief supplies such as food, water, medicine or fuel.

The order additionally states that any repair vehicles providing relief during Hurricane Florence will be exempt from permit fees for overweight/over-dimensional vehicles. 

Read Kentucky’s declaration here

Virginia

The state of Virginia issued a temporary waiver of registration and licensing requirements for carrier, and the Commissioner of Highways authorizes a temporary waiver of normal weight and width restrictions on roads controlled by the Virginia Department of Transportation, for the express purpose of ensuring that emergency essential supplies and services reach impacted areas. The waiver is effective through Oct. 10, 2018 at 5 p.m and only pertains to statewide shippers and carriers associated with emergency relief efforts.

Loads are, however, restricted to a maximum of 12-feet wide as long as they follow the hauling permit regulations and safety guidelines. 

View the complete waiver here

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! If you have any questions, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to reach our customer service department. One of our experienced transportation agents can help you with any needs and questions that you may have or direct you to the expert who can.

 

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NC Declares State of Emergency, Limited Extension

NC Declares State of Emergency, Limited Extension

North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper has issued a state of emergency (Executive Order No. 52) and temporary suspension of motor vehicle regulations to ensure restoration of utility services and transporting essentials due to the potential impacts from Hurricane Florence. NC Declares State of Emergency, Limited Extension

The executive order allows for certain size and weight restrictions and penalties to be waived, however does not waive certain oversize load requirements including oversize load banner and oversize load flag requirements. 

The state foresees that the potential impacts from Hurricane Florence will require the transportation of vehicles bearing equipment and supplies for utility restoration and debris removal, carrying essentials such as food and medicine, transporting livestock and poultry and feed for livestock and poultry, and transporting poultry and crops ready to be harvested through North Carolina highways.

Specifically pertaining to oversize load transport, the executive order, says the DPS (Department of Public Safety), in conjunction with the DOT (Department of Transportation), shall waive certain size and weight restrictions and penalties arising under N.C. Gen. State. 20-116, 20-118 and 20-119. And the DPS shall temporarily suspend weighing vehicles used to transport livestock, poultry or crops ready to be harvested and feed to livestock and poultry in the emergency area.

However, size and weight restrictions and penalties, and oversize load restrictions, have not been waived under the following conditions:

  • When the vehicle weight exceeds the maximum gross weight criteria established by the manufacturer (GVWR) or 90,000 pounds gross weight, whichever is less.
  • When the tandem axle weight exceeds 42,000 pounds and the single axle weight exceeds 22,000 pounds.
  • When a vehicle and vehicle combination exceed twelve (12) feet in width and the total, overall vehicle combination’s length exceeds seventy-five (75) feet from bumper to bumper.
  • Vehicles and vehicle combinations subject to exemptions or permits by authority of this Executive Order shall not be exempt from the requirement having (1) a yellow banner on the front and rear that is seven (7) feet long and eighteen (18) inches wide and bears the legend “Oversize Load” in ten (10) inch black letters 1.5 inches wide and two (2) red flags measuring eighteen (18) inches square on all sides at the widest point of the load. In addition, when operating between sunset and sunrise, a certified escort shall be required for loads exceeding eight (8) feet, six (6) inches in width. 

Additionally, oversize load vehicles will be exempt from paying the $50 trip permit fee while the order is in place.

Read the full executive order here.

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! If you have any questions, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to reach our customer service department. One of our experienced transportation agents can help you with any needs and questions that you may have or direct you to the expert who can.

 

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Labor Day Oversize Load Travel Restrictions

Labor Day Oversize Load Travel Restrictions

Oversize load travel restrictions and department of transportation (DOT) oversize permit office closures are available for truck drivers and dispatchers to plan ahead for the upcoming Labor Day weekend. Labor Day Oversize Load Travel Restrictions

The 2018 Labor Day holiday falls on Monday, September 3, and every DOT oversize permit office is closed in observance of the holiday. Some states have posted oversize travel restrictions as early as Wednesday, August 29 although most run through the holiday weekend from Friday, August 31 through Tuesday, September 4. 

Some states note a specific height, width and length for the oversize travel restrictions to apply. For example, Arizona and Florida have oversize travel restrictions for loads over 10′ wide and 14’6″ high, while Arizona restricts at over 12o’ long and Florida at over 80′ long. 

There are also some states which only have oversize load travel restrictions in place for Labor Day – Monday, Sept. 3 with some having specific restrictions for dimensions and some restricting any kind of oversize travel. 

WCS contacts each state to obtain the most accurate holiday closure information, although some states post updates while other states don’t publish or give out oversize travel restrictions until closer to the holiday. Updates will be posted as each state makes them available so it’s important to check back in for updates. 

The 2018 Labor Day oversize travel restrictions and DOT office closures can be viewed online here. 

WCS Permits puts together a list of oversize load travel restrictions and oversize permit office closures by state for every major holiday. 

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! If you have any questions, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to reach our customer service department. One of our experienced transportation agents can help you with any needs and questions that you may have or direct you to the expert who can.

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WCS Helps Move Load From Kennedy Space Center to White House

WCS Permits Moves NASA Aircraft to White House

Last week, transportation consultants from WCS Permits & Pilot Cars’ Columbus, OH office successfully WCS Permits Moves NASA Aircraft to White Househelped a 90-foot NASA exploration flight test capsule arrive safely at the White House for a press conference.

The spacecraft, The Orion, was on display as part of President Trump’s “Made in America Product Showcase.” 

At 84,000 pounds, 15′-1″ high and 17′ wide, the load traveled from the Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, FL to the White House in Washington, D.C., safely making its was through the Sunshine state and across several others before finally unloading on the South Lawn of the White House.

Several days later, the load made its return trip to Florida. 

WCS’ Pilot Car department also did the route surveys prior to the oversize load permit submission and approval, and before the load hit the road. 

According to an article published by The New York Post, The Orion, which is being developed by Lockheed Martin, was first tested in 2014.

It also said, Orion project manager Michael Haws and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine were on hand for the event. 

WCS Permits worked with the carrier to route and obtain all necessary state, city and county oversize load permits to allow for its transport. 

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! If you have any questions, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to reach our customer service department. One of our experienced transportation agents can help you with any needs and questions that you may have or direct you to the expert who can.