OR: I-84 Legal Width Restriction

Beginning Monday, Sept. 30, a section of I-84 eastbound will be restricted to 8-6 wide through Thursday, Oct. 3 between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day for necessary maintenance work, according to memo circulated by the Oregon Department of Transportation (DOT).

OR: I-84 Legal Width Restriction

There are no local details available at this time. OR Dot is asking all carriers and motorists to avoid the area during the maintenance work.

OR DOT is also asking carriers circulate the memo with detailed information to avoid any delays.

Restrictions and dates may change due to weather.

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! We keep all of our drivers and dispatchers as up-to-date as possible on all oversize travel closures and restrictions. 

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.

Limited Travel & Waivers Issued for Hurricane Dorian

More states have issued waivers for for carriers transporting essential emergency relief supplies during Hurricane Dorian, while others have oversize travel restrictions or have published an executive order which hours of service are waived.

Limited Travel & Waivers Issued for Hurricane Dorian

As Hurricane Dorian strengthened back to a category 3 with about 105 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina, and was moving north-northwest late Wednesday, several states have issued official waivers and/or executive order, with some states issuing “disaster relief” permits.

Additionally, there are some oversize load travel restrictions in place.

Last week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis  issued an emergency declaration ahead of Hurricane Dorian, which temporarily suspending hours of service regulations for truck drivers providing direct assistance in the aftermath of the storm.

As long as the declaration is active, truckers engaged in specific aspects of emergency relief, including direct assistance for the immediate restoration of essential services (electrical, sewer, water and telecommunications) or essential supplies (food, water, medical supplies and fuel), are exempt from hours of service regulations.

The declaration is effective through Oct. 28 unless it is extended or canceled.

Georgia

In Georgia, a “Disaster Relief” permit is available for $38.00, and can be used for divisible loads as well, but must be under the following dimensions; 10’0 wide, 13’6 height, 100’0 long and 95,000 GVW. 

Currently, I-95 NB travel only and I-16 coastal WB travel only.  

North Carolina

Governor Cooper has declared a State of Emergency for NC and issued Executive Order No. 100. The Governor has directed the Department of Public Safety to temporarily suspend weighing those vehicles used to transport livestock, poultry or crops ready to be harvested.  The Governor has also declared that the maximum hours of service for drivers should be waived. 

South Carolina

South Carolina has issued an executive order due to Hurricane Dorian.

Virginia

Virginia released a waiver for carriers transporting essential emergency relief supplies or providing emergency restoration of infrastructure services, during which weight exemptions are not valid on posted structures for restricted weight.

MoDOT to Close I-70 in Both Directions

MoDOT will completely close Interstate 70 in both directions between I-435 and I-470/Route 291 (Mile Markers 7-15) beginning Friday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. until approximately 5 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 9.

MoDOT to Close I-70 in Both Directions

While the interstate is closed, the ramps from I-435 South to I-70 East and I-435 North to I-70 west will be demolished.

A number of MoDOT crews will also complete other much-needed maintenance work along the several mile stretch, including lighting repairs, median barrier wall repairs, drainage work, and paving operations along I-70. All work is weather permitting.

The road work will have major impacts to traffic including commercial vehicle (and oversize load) traffic.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 5

·     Crews willclose the ramps from I-435 North to I-70 West and I-435 South to I-70 East at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5. They will be demolished. New ramps will open next spring.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 6

·     Crews will begin reducing I-70 to ONE LANE in both directions between I-435 and I-470/Route 291 at approximately 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6. Motorists can expect various lane closures during this time.

·     Crews will begin closing ALL on and off ramps along I-70 between I-435 and Route 291/I-470 around 8 p.m.

·     I-70 will be closed entirely from I-435 to I-470/Route 291 at approximately 9 p.m. on Friday, September 6 until approximately 5 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 9.

·     I-70 East will be reduced to one lane at Manchester Trafficway and traffic that has not already exited I-70 will be detoured off of I-70 at the ramp to I-435 South.

·     I-70 West will be reduced to one lane before the Route 291/I-470 interchange. All traffic that has not already exited I-70 will be routed onto Route 291/I-470 South.

·     Route 291 South just north of I-70 will be reduced to one lane to accommodate merging traffic from I-70 West.

All ramps to and from I-70 between I-435 and I-470/Route 291 will be blocked while I-70 is closed.

This work will have major impacts to traffic. Plan ahead.

Motorists MUST follow the signed detour using I-470 or find an alternate route.

The 86th Texas Legislature passed new laws that impact the movement of oversize/overweight vehicles and loads. These changes are effective Sept. 1, 2019.

Company Name on Permit: The company/individual’s name listed on an oversize/overweight permit must match the name of the company/individual operating the permitted vehicle. It will be a Class C misdemeanor if the two names do not match.

This does not apply to a tow truck that is moving a disabled, abandoned, or accident-damaged vehicle/vehicle combination to the nearest terminal, storage facility, or place of repair. It also does not apply to any active permits issued before Sept. 1, 2019.

Escort Flaggers: New requirements will be in effect for escort flaggers. An escort flagger is anyone who directs or controls the flow of traffic as required by an oversize/overweight permit issued by TxDMV.

Beginning Sept. 1, 2019, escort flaggers must successfully complete a training program in traffic direction. The program must meet the basic peace officer course curriculum requirements for traffic direction that have been established by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). TCOLE will offer training courses for escort flaggers after Sept. 1, 2019. Contact TCOLE for more information, https://www.tcole.texas.gov/.

In addition, escort flag vehicle will be allowed alternating or flashing amber and blue lights beginning on Sept. 1, 2019.

Please Note: training requirements do not apply to escort vehicle operators or flaggers who are not directing traffic.

Annual Timber Permit: An Annual Timber Permit may be used to transport equipment used to load timber on to a vehicle. The size and weight limits of the permit remain the same.

FL Issues Emergency Declaration Ahead of Dorian

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis  issued an emergency declaration ahead of Hurricane Dorian on Wednesday, Aug. 28, temporarily suspending hours of service regulations for truck drivers providing direct assistance in the aftermath of the storm.

FL Issues Emergency Declaration Ahead of Dorian

The powerful storm will strengthen over the coming days and has the potential to become a Category 4 as it barrels toward the southeastern United States, according to the National Hurricane Center. Dorian is expected to make landfall on the eastern Florida coast sometime Sunday night or Monday morning.

The National Hurricane Center forecast Thursday that Hurricane Dorian could reach maximum winds of 130 mph within 72 hours.

The emergency declaration is effective in 26 Florida counties – Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Indian River, Lake, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Volusia and Union.

Additionally, oversize load travel in certain areas of Florida will be affected by the hurricane.

As long as the declaration is active, truckers engaged in specific aspects of emergency relief, including direct assistance for the immediate restoration of essential services (electrical, sewer, water and telecommunications) or essential supplies (food, water, medical supplies and fuel), are exempt from hours of service regulations.

The declaration is effective through Oct. 28 unless it is extended or canceled.

Pilot Flying J Daily Operation Calls

Pilot Flying J has implemented daily operation calls regarding Hurricane Dorian, and will send out updates to our store operations as conditions warrant.

Store Operations:
All Pilot or Flying J locations in the current path of this storm are open and operational.

Supply Conditions:
Our supply and transportation teams are working hard to ensure that product remains available at the travel center locations.  Please expect high gas traffic into these areas as the storm approaches the coast.

Important Information links:
National Hurricane Center (National Weather Service):   https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
Storm Prediction Center (National Weather Service):  https://www.spc.noaa.gov/
Pilot Flying J (store locator map): https://www.pilotflyingj.com/store-locator/

Florida
Florida Emergency Management Site   http://www.floridadisaster.org/info/
Florida Road Conditions/Contraflow/Closures   https://fl511.com
Florida Power Outage Map https://poweroutage.us/area/state/florida

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! We keep all of our drivers and dispatchers as up-to-date as possible on all oversize travel closures and restrictions. 

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 trans

Indiana Delays on Oversize/Overweight Permits

The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) is advising all to expect delays on oversize/overweight permit approvals.

They stated that although most OS/OW permits are issued in three business days, permits with more complex routes that require INDOT district approval will take additional time to process.

Indiana Delays on Oversize/Overweight Permits

The IN DOR is siting the Summer peak season and road construction for the delays.

Those who are not aware, anytime you go above the standard oversize load dimensions and weights and get into superload territory, the permit application goes into another queue which often gets tended to quicker.

WCS Permits is always in close contact with state departments to try and speed up the permit issuing process for both oversize/overweight permits and superloads, and we are working closely with the state of Indiana to try and facilitate our customer’s permits as quickly as possible.

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! We keep all of our drivers and dispatchers as up-to-date as possible on all oversize travel closures and restrictions. 

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 trans

WCS to Showcase Technology, Services at Breakbulk Americas

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars, North America’s oversize load authority, is excited to again be exhibiting at the 2019 project cargo and breakbulk industry trade show, Breakbulk Americas in Houston, Texas the first week of October. WCS to Showcase Technology, Services at Breakbulk Americas

Breakbulk takes place at the George R. Brown Convention Center Oct. 8 – 10, 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.

In early 2019, WCS added a second permit to both the App Store and Google Play, the Permit Portal. The app allows for drivers and dispatchers to receive instant automated text message notifications when oversize permits are approved and ready for download, print or email.

For years, WCS’ online permit system has allowed customers to place orders, and view and download permits, which has proven to be a valuable tool for drivers and dispatchers. Now the Permit Portal app brings even more convenience and ease, eliminating the exchange of numerous emails and phone calls.

WCS also 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. In early 2018, WCS added a new feature of the Oversize Load Assistant, 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 per state. 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 permit provisions listed for all 50 US states, as well as the 13 Canadian Provinces, and is available for free on the App Store and Google Play.

WCS will provide demonstrations of both mobile apps during the 2019 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

This year, WCS Permits is at booth no. I44 in Halls D&E during Breakbulk Americas. 

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 2019 Breakbulk America’s website

 

 

Utah Permit Office Closed for Pioneer Day

The state of Utah permit office will be closed Wednesday, July 24, 2019 for Pioneer Day.

Utah Permit Office Closed for Pioneer Day

While the office is closed, there are no oversize or overweight travel restrictions and all ports are open. As a result of the closure, no oversize load permits will be issued on Pioneer Day.

Parades, fireworks, rodeos and other festivities help commemorate the event. Similar to Independence Day, many local and all state-run government offices are closed on Pioneer Day.

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! We keep all of our drivers and dispatchers as up-to-date as possible on all oversize travel closures and restrictions. 

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.

LA Declares State of Emergency, Permit Office Closed

Louisiana state Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Barry draws closer.

LA Declares State of Emergency, Permit Office Closed

The storm will likely bring storm surge, hurricane-force winds and up to 15 inches of rain across Louisiana, and is predicted to make landfall sometime Saturday morning as a Category 1 Hurricane.

Louisiana DOT state permit office as well as other LA state offices will be closed Friday, July 12. It’s possible closures will continue into early next week.

Tropical storm watches are now in effect from the mouth of the Mississippi River to Morgan City, Louisiana. A storm surge watch is also in effect from the mouth of the Pearl River to Morgan City.

The state of emergency will last from July 10 to August 8, unless terminated sooner.

High water notifications are in place for Interstate 70, so truck drivers and dispatchers are urged to stay off roads. The Louisiana Traffic Map, includes closures and restrictions, including any specific to oversize load travel.

The National Weather Service issued a rare flash flood emergency for much of the New Orleans metro area Wednesday morning, July 10. With the widespread flooding, travel is not safe.

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! We are working with Arkansas and other states to effectively communicate permit delays and road closures due to the current weather. We keep all of our drivers and dispatchers as up-to-date as possible on all oversize travel closures and restrictions. 

WCS Permit Agents can help you find the best alternative route and obtain your state oversize load permits during this storm.

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.

WCS Permits Contest Winner Announced

The winner of the WCS Permits & Pilot Cars “Who’s in the Spotlight” contest has been chosen. 

WCS Permits Contest Winner Announced The winning load was a 90-foot long NASA exploration flight test capsule that was safely transported to the White House in 2018. WCS Permits provided the oversize/overweight permits and pilot cars for the load. 

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

At 82,000 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 conducted the route surveys prior to the oversize load permit submission and approval phase 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. 

Our internal WCS transportation agent and WCS customer both won a cool $100 gift card for the load submission, details and pictures. 

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.