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.

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. 

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.

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.

 
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
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.