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.

 
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.

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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.

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. 

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has placed weight limits on three of the four direct connector ramps at the I-45 and I-20 interchanges south of Dallas.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has placed temporary weight limits on three of the four direct connector ramps at the I-45 and I-20 interchanges south of Dallas. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has placed weight limits on three of the four direct connector ramps at the I-45 and I-20 interchanges south of Dallas.

Weight restrictions include the following ramps:

  • I-45 Northbound to I-20 Westbound
  • I-45 Northbound to I-20 Eastbound
  • I-20 Westbound to I-45 Southbound. 
Restrictions are expected to be in place until the first or second week of May. 

The weight limits in place include 20,000 pounds per axle and 34,000 pounds for tandem axles. There is no gross weight limit posted.

TxDOT is also restricting all permit loads, mobile cranes, concrete trucks, recycle trucks, container trucks, EV class of fire engines and well service trucks from the ramps.

The Dallas County Overweight Enforcement Unit will issue citations and fines to truckers who ignore the weight limits.

Bridge Damage I-40 Eastbound Wilson County Mandatory Detour

A mandatory detour is now required on all active truck permits that include I-40 East Bound in Wilson County. Bridge Damage I-40 Eastbound Wilson County Mandatory Detour

All annual permits must also utilize the approved detour. The state of Tennessee Department of Transportation (DOT) released the info on Wednesday, April 24th. 

The bridge at Exit 239 suffered significant damage and has now been posted with a 40 ton weight limit. 

Tall permitted loads must detour on I-40E to Exit 236, South Hartman Drive, Maddox Simpson Highway, US-70 NB to I-40 E. This detour affects only the East bound lanes of I-40. 

The state DOT also released a map of where the detour is located. Regardless of the route on your permit you must utilize the detour around this damaged bridge. 

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.

Winter Storm Wesley Road Closures

Several midwestern state Department of Transportation offices and state troopers are reporting road closures due to blizzard conditions. Winter Storm Wesley Road Closures

Colorado 

I76 is a mess in Colorado as well as 70 from Denver to almost the Kansas line.

Minnesota 

Almost all of southern Minnesota is a No Go as well as most of northern Wisconsin 

Nebraska 

Interstate 80 is now CLOSED between Lexington (mm 237) and Wyoming for both directions of travel.

Highway 30 is also closed in that same stretch. 

South Dakota

I-90 is closed from Rapid city to Sioux Falls, and -29 is closed from Sioux falls to the north Dakota state line.

Wyoming

I80 is closed from Cheyenne Wyoming to North Platte, NE

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.

NM DOT Increases Weight Allowance on Trunnions

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (DOT) updated its weights/spacing allowance for 8 tire/10′ wide set up. NM DOT Increases Weight Allowance on Trunnions

According to the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA), several industry heavy haul companies have been involved to see this change.

Prior to the update, New Mexico allowed 57,500 with a minimum of an 18′ spacing. The state had requests from various leaders in the heavy haul industry and the 18′ spacing was reduced to 14′. This created larger permit expenses so industry leaders are extremely happy about this change.

According to the SC&RA, the New Mexico DOT reviewed studies on trunnions and determined they have the same effect on infrastructure as a standard triple axle grouping. The state announced the changes at the WASHTO 2019 Spring meeting. 

SC&RA and industry leaders are very grateful for this change.

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.

WCS Permits to Exhibit at Mid-America Truck Show

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars will be attending and exhibiting at the 2019 Mid-America Truck Show (MATS) at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky March 28 – 30.WCS Permits to Exhibit at Mid-America Truck Show

WCS will be at booth number 12232 in the North Wing of the expo center. 

Attendees can stop by to learn more about the products and services offered by North America’s leading oversize load and superload permit agency. 

WCS will also showcase its line-up of technology, including its newest app, The Permit Portal which sends instant text notifications once oversize permits are approved. The team of transportation agents behind the booth will also give live demos of the Oversize Load Assistant, which includes how the Permit Calculator estimates oversize fees and the company’s online permit portal where clients can get permit updates in real time.

Also being showcased, WCS’ Permit Attachment App, a popular tool among drivers and dispatchers which gives quick access to permit attachments for the United States and Canada.

Both of WCS’ apps are available for free on the App Store and Google Play. 

MORE ABOUT MATS

Show location:

Kentucky Expo Center
937 Philips Lane
Louisville, KY 40209

Show hours: 

Thursday, March 28th VIP 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., General 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, March 29th – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 30th – 9 a.m. to 4 p..

Click here to view the complete show schedule, floor plan and more details.

ABOUT WCS PERMITS & PILOT CARS

In business since 1998, WCS has grown to be North America’s oversize load authority with five offices nationwide, including Corporate Headquarters in Los Angeles, California, plus two Ohio locations, New York and Tennessee. With over 60 permit agents (including Spanish speaking permit agents), WCS is the national leader when it comes to super load permitspilot car dispatching, trip & fuel permits, route surveys and equipment sales, in addition to the everyday workload of oversize load permitsContact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to see how WCS Permits & Pilot Cars can help you!

Michigan Spring Weight Restrictions

Effective 6 a.m. Monday, March 18th weight restrictions  will be expanded on all Michigan state trunkline highways from Michigan/Indiana and Michigan/Ohio state lines north to and including the following: Michigan Spring Weight Restrictions

  • M-20 from the intersection of US-31 in Oceana County east to US-131 in Mecosta County
  • North on US-131 to M-20
  • East on M-20 to US-127 in Isabella County
  • North on US-127 to M-61 in Clare County
  • East on M-61 to the intersection of US-23 in the city of Standish, Arenac County

Note, state routes typically carry M, I or US designations.

Spring weight restrictions are imposed because roads are softened by trapped moisture beneath the pavement which makes travel dangerous. This moisture also contributes to pothole problems already occurring due to this winter’s numerous freeze-thaw cycles, according to the MDOT’s news release. 

On all restricted areas, the following will apply:

  • On routes designated as “All Season Routes” (green or gold on the MDOT Truck Operators Map) there will be no reduction in legal axle weight. 
  • On routes designated as “Seasonal” (solid or dashed red on the MDOT Truck Operators Map) there will be a weight reduction of 25 percent for rigid pavements and 35% for flexible pavements. 

Extended permits will be valid for oversize only in the weight restricted area. 

Single trip permits will not be issued for overweight loads or loads exceeding 14 feet in width, 11 axles and 150 feet in overall length in the weight restricted area. 

Detailed Weight Restriction information may be obtained by linking to www.michigan.gov/truckers

 

 

 

Operational Closure of Long Beach Oversize Load Route

As of Saturday, March 9 the Port of Long Beach (POLB) will close 9th Street where it crosses the railroad tracks near Pico Avenue, Pier B.

This is an operational closure and the port will allow certain oversize trucks with special permits to cross over the railroad tracks at certain times.WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is keeping up to date with this closure and specifics pertaining to oversize load travel. 

The Port of Long Beach (POLB) announced their plans to close the oversize load route, which is critical for transporting large loads to and from the Long Beach Port, in late 2018. POLB held several status meetings open to the public, where some were were rallying to halt the closure in October and December. Operational Closure of Long Beach Oversize Load Route

During the meetings POLB made it clear that once closed the roadway will not reopen except for oversize trucks that have prescheduled access and are accompanied by CHP escort. 

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.

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits’ experienced transportation agents are keeping up-to-date with the permits required and routing to continue to help oversize load customers traverse the crossing. For more info, contact us at 888.737.6483.