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LA Declares State of Emergency, Permit Office Closed

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.

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WCS Permits Contest Winner Announced

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.

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WCS Permits’ Announces “Who’s in the Spotlight” Contest

WCS Permits' Announces "Who's in the Spotlight" Contest

WCS Permits & Pilot cars is launching a week-long contest, “Who’s in the Spotlight” with the goal of highlighting one special, winning oversize load project the company has either piloted or permitted in the last year. 

WCS Permits' Announces "Who's in the Spotlight" Contest

The contest was initiated to help bring forth load details, and put some of the coolest projects the company has permitted or piloted in the last year in the spotlight.

The contest will run from Tuesday, June 18th at 8 a.m. EST through Tuesday, June 25th at 8 p.m. EST and a $100 prize is at stake.

WCS Transportation Agents, WCS Managers and WCS customers all have a chance to win the $100 prize. The winning load means the prize will be awarded to the agent who worked on that project/permits, that agent’s manager and the customer who hauled the load.

How to Enter

Submit the “Who’s in the Spotlight Entry Form” to WCS’ marketing department via email at cyndi@wcspermits.com. Each entrant must fulfill all requirements as outlined in the official rules below. At least three (3) images of the load must be attached in the same email. 

Official Contest Rules

  1. Eligibility: The contest is open to WCS transportation agents and their managers, and customers who have detailed information and 3 or more digital pictures of an oversize/overweight load permitted and/or piloted by WCS Permits.
    1. Project scope and info on uniqueness of load are required. 
    2. WCS transportation agents and WCS customers are welcome to enter multiple loads. 
  2. Campaign Period: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 from 8 a.m. EST through Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 8 p.m. EST. 
  3. How to Enter: Submit the “Who’s in the Spotlight Entry Form” to WCS’ marketing department via email at cyndi@wcspermits.com. Each entrant must fulfill all requirements as outlined in the Who’s in the Spotlight contest overview. At least three (3) images of the load must be attached in the same email. 
  4. Prizes: One load will be chosen as the winner, although each involved party will be rewarded, including:
    1. A $100 gift card to the lead WCS transportation agent.
    2. A $100 gift card to lead WCS transportation agent’s manager.
    3. $100 gift card or invoice credit to the WCS customer the oversize load was hauled by.
  5. Each winner will be given the chance to pick from several gift cards, with the WCS customer having the option to choose from a $100 gift card or $100 invoice credit. Each prize will be shipped directly to the winner. No substitutions.
  6. Winner Notification: the winner will be notified via email on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. The winning load will be posted to the following WCS Permits social media accounts: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter also on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. 
  7. Note: By entering the WCS Permits contest, you give WCS Permits the rights to use photos in print or digital, or in any media.

Questions

If you have questions about the Who’s in the Spotlight contest, contact your WCS Permits’ transportation agent directly. 

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Rock slide closes I-40 West, one lane reopened

Rock slide closes I-40 West, one lane reopened

A rock slide closed I-40 West near North Carolina-Tennessee border earlier today, but one lane has since reopened. Rock slide closes I-40 West, one lane reopened

For the second time this year, a landslide has rendered impassable part of Interstate 40 near the Tennessee-North Carolina border.

All lanes of Interstate 40 West were closed at Cold Springs Creek Road in Haywood County, North Carolina, after a rock slide. The North Carolina Department of Transportation said one lane of I-40 West reopened, and was hopeful it the incident would be cleared before midnight. 

The closure is about 7 miles east of the Tennessee state line.

“At this time, the road is expected to be closed indefinitely,” NCDOT said in an alert on its website. “Motorists are encouraged to seek an alternate route and avoid the area if possible.”

The landslide follows one in late February, which occurred about a half-mile away and stopped all traffic on I-40 near the state line. The interstate reopened after six days, but traffic was restricted to one lane in each direction for several weeks as crews worked to clear more than 10,000 tons of debris.

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.

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AR to Cease Issuing Permits as Rain Continues

AR to Cease Issuing Permits as Rain Continues
The state of Arkansas is preparing for possible flooded routes due to the heavy rain, and has ceased issuing permits to oversize loads traveling through the state. 

AR to Cease Issuing Permits as Rain Continues

Although, the state did say their Highways Permit division will issue permits for oversize loads with an origin and destination in Arkansas.
 
“Provided we can identify a safe route; we will continue issuing permits for those oversize loads with an origin or destination in Arkansas,” they wrote online.
 
The only state to state oversize load permits that will be issued, include:
  • TN (40/55) to MO (55)
  • MO (55) to TN (40/55)
  • MS (82) to TX
  • MS (82) to LA
  • TX to MS (82)
  • TX to TN
  • TN to TX
  • LA to MS (82)

More rain is forecast this week in much of the central and southern U.S., which will make conditions worse in areas already experiencing record-breaking floods.

Road Conditions

Please check IDRIVEARKANSAS.COM for up-to-date road closings. Flooded highways are being listed. 

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. 

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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I-275 Kentucky Construction Extended Through 2020

I-275 Kentucky Construction Extended Through 2020

The state of Ohio oversize permit division confirmed the construction in and out of Kentucky on I-275, a 9-mile stretch, has been extended until August 2020, which will also continue to affect oversize load travel.  I-275 Kentucky Construction Extended Through 2020

In addition to significant delays, dimensions and weights that are allowed to travel through the construction include the following parameters: 

  • Leaving Ohio into Kentucky: dimension restriction is currently 10′ wide, 75′ long and 120,000 lbs.
  • Coming from KY: no dimension restriction but weight restriction is 120,000 lbs.

The state confirmed, dimensions and weights may change as construction goes on.

The total pavement rehabilitation project, which started today, is a $31.3 million project that will take place in two phases on the three-mile stretch between Dixie Highway and Turfway Road, just east of the Mineola Pike exit. The second phase will continue well into 2020.

Phase one:

The eastbound lanes will be paved in 2019 and construction is expected to continue until November 2019. The following ramps will be impacted: 

  • I-275 eastbound to I-75 northbound/southbound
  • I-275 eastbound exit to Dixie Highway 
  • I-75 northbound ramp to I-275 eastbound 

Phase two:

Westbound I-275 between Dixie Highway and Turfway Road will be paved in 2020. That construction is expected to begin next spring or summer and continue for the remainder of the year. The following ramps will be impacted: 

  • I-275 westbound ramp to I-75 southbound
  • I-275 westbound entrance from Dixie Highway
  • I-75 southbound ramp to I-275 westbound
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Alabama Permit Office Closed for Jefferson Davis’ Birthday

Alabama Permit Office Closed for Jefferson Davis' Birthday

The Alabama Department of Transportation (DOT) permit office will be closed Monday, June 3 for Jefferson Davis’ Birthday. Alabama Permit Office Closed for Jefferson Davis' Birthday

Additionally, the AL DOT office announced oversize load travel will be still be allowed on Monday, June 3 with a valid transportation (oversize load) permit. 

Every year, AL celebrates Jefferson Davis’ Birthday on the first Monday in June. Other states, such as Florida, Mississippi and Kentucky informally celebrate the day, but Alabama is the only state which closes its public offices. 

Jefferson Davis History

After serving in the Mexican War and serving as Secretary of War, Jefferson Davis was chosen twice to the US Senate, finishing neither term. When the Confederacy seceded from the Union, Davis was chosen as its leader. By popular vote on February 22, 1862, he became the only president of the Confederate States of America. Davis is considered by many to have mismanaged the Confederacy and its conduct of the Civil War. After fleeing the capital in Richmond near the end of the war, Davis was jailed for treason, and afterwards led the life of a business entrepreneur and author until he died at the age of 81 in 1889.

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits is communicating the state closure to all customers so they understand the state will not process any oversize load permits on Monday, June 3. 

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.

 

 

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Interstate 29 is CLOSED in Missouri

Interstate 29 is CLOSED in Missouri
Due to flash flooding, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) announced the full closure of I-29 until further notice.
 
The full closure of I-29 is in place at: Interstate 29 is CLOSED in Missouri
Between the Iowa border and Exit 56 (US 71 & 59) at St. Joseph.
The duration of this flood event is unknown, but will last through the night.
 
The Iowa Department of Transportation issued a news release reporting the closure of I-29 in two locations:
Between Exits 61 and 71 (I-680 at Crescent and Loveland)
Between Exit 35 (US 34) and the Missouri border
 
Those who would normally use I-29 as a through route should instead use:
I-35 N from Kansas City to
I-80 West in Des Moines to
I-29 at Sioux City, South Dakota
 
OR
US 71 into Iowa
and vice-versa until further notice.
 
MoDOT says DO NOT follow local traffic past the closure point at US 71 as there are no good alternative trucking routes north of US 71 – especially to points west. Flooding is widespread.
 
This detour is subject to change with little notice, so please check your route before traveling.
 
Travelers already on I-29 North
Drivers who join I-29 north of Kansas City can take US 71 North of St. Joseph and connect to I-35 via multiple connecting highways. Refer to the Traveler Information Map for up to date travel information.
 
Please do not assume that a highway that is clear of flooding in Missouri will be clear in Iowa, Kansas or Nebraska. Check other states’ routes as well as Missouri’s.
 
Find road conditions information for all of Missouri’s bordering states athttps://www.modot.org/road-conditions-missouris-surrounding-states
 
Find the locations of Missouri highway closures using the MoDOT Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.

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.

 
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I-255 WB Bridge in Missouri to Remain Closed This Week

I-255 WB Bridge in Missouri to Remain Closed This Week

Drivers who use the westbound I-255 Jefferson Barracks Bridge across the Mississippi River need to determine alternate routes through at least the end of the week, as the westbound interstate bridge will remain closed. I-255 WB Bridge in Missouri to Remain Closed This Week

Drivers who hold an oversize/overweight permit that includes the I-255 bridge in the route MUST OBTAIN A NEW PERMIT. WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is aware of the need for a new permit and can help. 

Any driver looking to obtain a new oversize load permit will be re-routed around the WB I-255, if the route so requires. 

Currently, highly specialized inspection teams are looking at the bridge during daylight hours (about 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) to determine any other potential places where there may be similar issues on the bridge. MoDOT brought in equipment from Chicago and Jefferson City, and has flown in an additional specialist from Seattle.

Due to the nature and precision of the inspection, the work needs to be done in daylight. At this point, the inspection is anticipated to be complete Wednesday, at which point the department will be able to share further information on a timeline for the needed repairs.

MoDOT continues to coordinate with various partners, including the Illinois Department of Transportation, emergency responders, and local construction teams to mitigate the situation, determine a repair and get the bridge open to traffic as soon as safely possible.

Monday morning’s rush period saw a large number of vehicles on Illinois Route 3 and on the westbound I-64 across the Poplar Street Bridge. There was a slight increase in traffic on the I-70 Stan Musial Bridge, and no change in traffic on the westbound I-270 Chain of Rocks Bridge

Travelers should consider using other Mississippi River crossings and shifting their drive times. The Illinois DOT has increased staff on hand to update signs and adjust signal timing.

Receive incident notices by signing up via the Subscribe to MoDOT MCS tab located on the left menu at www.modot.org/mcs.

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.

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MnDOT Fishing Opener Weekend Oversize Restrictions

MnDOT Fishing Opener Weekend Oversize Restrictions

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is advising all to plan ahead for Fishing Opener weekend, which will affect oversize load travel throughout the state May 10 – 12. MnDOT Fishing Opener Weekend Oversize Restrictions

MnDOT released a statement saying oversize/overweight travel is not allowed on all state highways including interstates from 2 p.m. on Friday, May 10 until 2 a.m. Saturday, May 11, and from 2 p.m. Sunday, May 12 until 2 a.m. Monday, May 13.

Every year, Minnesota has oversize travel restrictions for fishing opener weekend. The state has called the event, “walleye fishing opener” as that is the dominant fish anglers come out for state-wide.

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars keeps up-to-date on oversize travel restrictions for all major holidays and smaller closure periods such as MN’s fishing opener weekend.