Caltrans now allows electronic versions of a transportation permit and any required accompaniment issued via their online system.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) now allows electronic versions of a transportation permits via their online system. All required accompaniments to the online issued permits may also be displayed electronically.

Caltrans now allows electronic versions of a transportation permit and any required accompaniment issued via their online system.

On September 10, 2019, the State of California – Department of California Highway Patrol issued a bulletin highlighting the change effective immediately.

Most oversize/overweight permits can be issued electronically via their online system – STARS2/RCATS. Any permits not issued by this system, including all variance permits and permits exceeding 11 axles, cannot legally be displayed on an electronic device. These permits must be printed and in a driver’s possession.

WCS has a number of permit agents that are savvy with STARS2/RCATS and work in the program daily.

The majority of states now allow electronic versions of permits and any required permit provisions. The full list of states with their rule on electronic permits can be found on the WCS website here.

The full bulletin issued by the state highlighting the Caltrans change can be viewed online now.

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) 737-6488 to reach our permit department.

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

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.

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.