Kansas permit office upgrades system, warns of future delays

The State of Kansas Central Permit Office is asking all to plan ahead for permit requests beginning May 1. 

Computer upgrades will begin being made to the permit office’s online system, which will result in limited system access May 1-7.

According to the Central Permit Office, no online permits will be available from http://www.truckingks.org/, the current permit system where permits can be applied for and purchased. Additionally, permits cannot be purchased using an escrow account payment method during this time.

After May 1, it will take up to 24 hours to receive a permit, and permits purchased between May 1 and 7 must be paid for with a credit card.

 

 

 

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Rock almost ready to roll…again

This time the rock won’t set out on a 105-mile journey, but it will be placed and set at the LACMA for museum goers to see this summer.

As the season draws near, artist Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass, which consists of the 340-ton boulder transported from Riverside County to LA last month, and a 456-foot-long slot constructed at LACMA is getting ready for all to see. LACMA visitors will walk along the slot, which descends to fifteen feet deep, taking them underneath the rock before ascending back.

Heizer conceived the artwork in 1968, but it took him some time to find the right rock, and took over two years to transport it.

WCS Permits and sister company, Right of Way Inc. worked with the boulder’s transporter, Emmert International to take the rock on an eleven night journey so it could safely travel on streets at very slow speeds.

WCS and Right of Way worked tirelessly with various agencies to obtain permits and close down various streets while the load was in transport.

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Home sweet home: Levitated Mass arrives at LACMA

After an 11-day journey, the 340-ton boulder, AKA “The Rock” reached its new home at LACMA just before 6 a.m.

Hundreds lined up to chant, “We Will Rock You,” and cheer on the arrival of the 200-plus foot transporter carrying the Levitated Mass.

The final night of the move passed Exposition Park and the USC Campus on its way to the museum.

WCS Permits and sister company, Right of Way Inc. have been working with the boulder’s transporter, the museum and several jurisdiction for several years to move the boulder.

The rock will become part of earth artist Michael Heizer’s
Levitated Mass at LACMA, which is projected to open in late 2012.

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It’s the End of the Road for Levitated Mass

After being set back on Wednesday night due to unforeseen difficulties, the transporter and team made it to its LA destination last night where it waits for the final night of transport.

At some point between 10 and 11 p.m., the load will leave Figuerora (where it’s parked now, north of Florence Ave) and will pass Exposition Park and USC, then turn left onto West Adams Blvd where it will cross Hoover, Vermont and Normandie. From there, a right on Western Avenue and then a final left turn on Wilshire.

LACMA is projecting the load will arrive at the museum sometime between 2 and 6 a.m., leaving a large window as the unexpected can happen with a load this size.

The museum will not be open at the time of arrival, however those who want to see it get there can from Wilshire. Parking is available in LACMA’s lot or at the Peterson Museum. There may be a charge for parking.

Levitated Mass set out on its journey February 28 when it left Riverside County amongst cheering supporters.

For more informatio on tonight’s viewing of the load and for further map details, please visit LACMA’s map and information page.

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The Rock comes up Short

Due to some unforeseen difficulties, the Rock came up short last night.
It was projected to make it to its nightly resting spot, however it is still sitting on Avalon Blvd in the City of Carson.
Transport operators, traffic control coordinators, and others involved in moving the 340-ton boulder, expect to make up the time during tonight’s movement so The Rock makes it to its Los Angeles destination.

Rock ‘n Roll time, finally

It’s a rock made famous for being just what it is.

Although it’s 340-ton boulder, and requires an engineered platform to transport, hundreds  gathered to cheer as it made its first roll on wheels toward the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

It was obvious “The Rock” was special as everyone gathered in the cold late Tuesday night to watch the boulder make the first turn of its 105-mile journey from Riverside County to LA where it will become part of artist Michael Heizer’s outdoor sculpture, “The Levitated Mass Project.”

WCS Permits worked closely with the carrier, Emmert International obtaining various permits from several jurisdiction to ensure safe transport. The loaded dimensions of “The Rock” are 21-10 tall, 30-6 wide and 275-0 long, which means no freeway travel, and routing on surface streets only.

“This is a proud moment for our industry,” said WCS Permits president, Wes Mollno as onlookers applauded and cheered upon the first sign of the loads movement, just before 11 Tuesday night.

Right of Way (ROW) Inc., WCS’ sister company provided route surveying during the four and a half year planning process to move the boulder. During the 11-day road trip from Riverside to LACMA, ROW will provide traffic control services.

“The Levitated Mass Project” will be open to the public in late spring or early summer.

New bill could result in raising tractor-trailer limits

February 7, 2012

The Safe and Efficient Trasportation Act could result in trucks being able to carry loads weighing up to 48 and a half tons without an overweight permit as long as the truck has six axles.

Most tractor-trailers currently have fix axles.

The bill was recently introduced by a Maine representative, however it has been delayed while highway infrastructure and safety are researched.

According to the bill, interstate and road improvement money could also be acquired if passed.

The current 80,000-pound weight limit has been in place since 1982.

Idaho Transportation Department to raise oversize load fees

January 24, 2012

According to the Idaho Transportation Department, there is an annual deficit over half a million dollars caused by running the state’s permitting program.

As a result, permit fees will increase significantly in the near future by as much as 25 percent.

Most fee increases will pertain to non-reducible loads.

For more information please visit theIdaho Transportation Department.

"The Rock" may move this year

November 25, 2011

A 340-ton boulder referred to as “The Rock,” may soon be on its way to LA from Riverside County.

A lot of preparation has gone into moving the chunk of granite from a Rock Quarry in Riverside to the Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art where it will be part of artist, Michael Heizer’s outdoor sculpture, “The Levitated Mass Project.”

WCS is permitting the load and has also been working with the carrier on the routing. The boulder will have loaded dimensions of 21-10 tall, 30-6 wide and 275-0 long.

For more information please view the recent article in the LA Times

CA closure of one of two permit offices could cause delays

November 18, 2011

Some delays in CA permit issuance could be in the near future.

Beginning Dec. 5 Caltrans’ South Region Transportation Permits Office will move to Sacramento, although permit communcations are already being handled by the Sacramento office (effective Monday, Nov. 21).

This office, which was located in San Bernardino, was responsible for approximately 65 percent of oversize and overweight permit issuance.

For more information please visit http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/traffops/permits/.