Team WCS to Participate in SCRA Webinar

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars will have an active role in the upcoming Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association’s webinar on pre-trip planning for oversize loads.

WCS Vice President of Operations, Becky Woods and National Pilot Car Manager, Valerie Daniel will both be panelists during the webinar on Wednesday, Sept. 8. Woods and Daniel will talk about various topics relating to pre-planning in both oversize load permitting and pilot car dispatching. 

Woods will specifically cover preparing for travel, permit accuracy and more relating to OS/OW permits and Daniel will cover route planning and points relating to the difference in piloting standard oversize loads vs. superloads. 

Registration for the webinar is free and can be accessed here. 

WCS Permits has been an active member of SC&RA for over 15 years, including participating as an exhibitor and sponsor of the annual Transportation Symposium. In the past, Woods has been a panelist at live meetings during the event and both Woods and Daniel have been contributors to various American Cranes & Transit Magazine articles relating to topics and practices in the oversize load and pilot car industries. 

WI: Oversize Permit Travel Restrictions

Wisconsin is hosting an international golf event in Kohler that will increase traffic and limit some oversize permit travel in the area from Friday, Sept. 17 to Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021.WI: Oversize Permit Travel Restrictions

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will limit permitting for oversize traffic on certain roadways during the 2021 Ryder Cup. The event restrictions will affect both single trip and annual/multi trip permits.

These restrictions will provide curfew periods. OSOW drivers are required to check the state 511 system (at 511wi.gov) prior to departure for the latest traffic/route updates. Look for the “Trucker Information” tab, where you can add various map layers regarding parking, restrictions, and special events.

OSOW Movement Plan during 2021 Ryder Cup Golf Event Friday, September 17 – Sunday, September 26 Ryder Cup restricted highways for all over dimensional loads – Loads that are legal dimension but require an overweight permit are not included in these curfews or restrictions, however drivers must check the state 511 system for latest traffic and restriction updates.

  • Manitowoc County: I-43 and STH 42 south of Manitowoc County XX/North Avenue
  • Sheboygan County: I-43, STH 23, STH 32, STH 42 and STH 57
  • Ozaukee County: I-43, STH 57
  • Milwaukee County: I-43

Ryder Cup Restricted hours of operation for all over dimensional loads – Loads that are legal dimension but require an overweight permit are not included in these curfews or restrictions however drivers must check the state 511 system for latest traffic and restriction updates. We ask that all drivers plan for delays and consider alternative routes as spectators make their way to and from the course.

  • 4:00 am to 8:00 am daily for the entire event
  • 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for the entire event
  • 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for the entire event

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits & Pilot cars works directly with all state DOT permit offices to stay up-to-date on interstate closures, oversize travel restrictions and more. We can also help with oversize/overweight load permits, wide load permits, superload permits, trip & fuel permits, UCR fees, DOT numbers and more. Additionally, WCS manufacturers oversize load and truck safety equipment for purchase online or via phone sales.
 
For more information, contact WCS Permits today and one of our over 65 oversize load permit agents nationwide will assist you.

 

I-16 Closed in Both Directions from Exit 71 to Exit 78

Interstate 16 in Treulten County in Soperton, Georgia is shut down in both directions from Exit 71 to Exit 78 due to a large dump trailer hitting the SR 86 bridge and shifting it nearly six feet. Georgia DOT engineers and contractors are on-site evaluating the situation. There is currently no timeframe for when the closure will be removed and travel lanes will reopen, although some GA DOT officials say it may be as soon as Monday. I-16 Closed in Both Directions from Exit 71 to Exit 78 Oversize load traffic is encouraged to take one of the following detours. 

Westbound Detour

Take Exit 78 – Turn right onto Highway 221 North, left on US 80 West, go through town of Adrian, left onto State Route 15, re-enter I-16 at Exit 71.

Eastbound Detour

Take Exit 71 – Turn right onto Highway 15 through Soperton, left onto State Route 46, left onto State Route 56, re-enter I-16 at Exit 78.  WCS Permits is staying in touch with GA DOT to stay up-to-date on updates and will be re-routing customers obtaining oversize load permits to travel through the area. 

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits & Pilot cars works directly with all state DOT permit offices to stay up-to-date on interstate closures, oversize travel restrictions and more. We can also help with oversize/overweight load permits, wide load permits, superload permits, trip & fuel permits, UCR fees, DOT numbers and more. Additionally, WCS manufacturers oversize load and truck safety equipment for purchase online or via phone sales.
 
For more information, contact WCS Permits today and one of our over 65 oversize load permit agents nationwide will assist you.

 

I-80 Construction to Begin in Omaha

As of Friday, July 9, Interstate 80 traffic headed through central and southwest Omaha will be cut to three lanes both ways affecting oversize load transport.

Construction crews will shut down I-80 westbound lanes around 84th Street and switch westbound traffic to the eastbound side, where lanes will be cut to three each way and run head to head. 

The work is expected to last 50 days, into late August, and all work through the area could last through the end of November.

Traffic is expected to back up, and truck drivers, including those hauling oversize loads, could detour by using Interstates 680, 880 in Iowa and 29 in Council Bluffs.

The construction involves repairing two bridges where the pavement, as it meets the bridge structure, has been breaking down: the 84th Street bridge and the bridge just east over the Big Papio Creek.

The repair work will also close numerous Interstate entrances: the 84th Street westbound on-loop and 72nd Street westbound on-ramp (both through August) and the 84th Street eastbound on-loop and on-ramp (through November).

I-80 Construction to Begin in OmahaAfter repairs on the westbound bridges, westbound I-80 and the two westbound entrances will reopen.

Repairs on the eastbound bridges won’t require traffic to fully switch over, although some lanes will be shifted in two more stages to give crews clearance to do the repairs.

PA Restriction: I-79 North & South
 
There’s an 11-0 wide restriction on I-79 North and South from July 6, 2021 through October 29, 2021. PA Restriction: I-79 North & South
 
The restriction is at state route 79 in Washington County from Exit 23 SR 2020 Mariana Rd to Exit 33 SR 40 National Pk. 
 
WCS Permit agents are re-routing its oversize/overweight load customers that need to travel in the area and are keeping on top of any updates to PA’s system. 
 

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits & Pilot cars works directly with all state DOT permit offices to stay up-to-date on interstate closures, oversize travel restrictions, oversize load permit regulations and more. We can also help with oversize/overweight load permits, wide load permits, superload permits, trip & fuel permits, UCR fees, DOT numbers and more. Additionally, WCS manufacturers oversize load and truck safety equipment for purchase online or via phone sales.

 
For more information, contact WCS Permits today and one of our over 65 oversize load permit agents nationwide will assist you.
Indiana Rolling Out New Oversize/Overweight Regulations July 1

Starting July 1, motor carriers can begin hauling heavier loads of certain goods, but they must first apply for permits and adhere to restrictions designed to minimize the damage to Indiana’s highways and interstates. Indiana Rolling Out New Oversize/Overweight Regulations July 1

Indiana HEA 1190, which takes effect July 1, contained several changes to Indiana’s oversize/overweight (OSW) motor carrier laws, including expanding Indiana’s Overweight Commodity Permit to include materials other than metal and agricultural products.

Under the new law, carriers can apply for a single-trip Overweight Commodity permits for divisible loads exceeding 2.4 ESALs and weighing 80,000-120,000 lbs. Although the law allows only 8500 of these permits annually, there are no limits on the number of annual permits issued for divisible loads less than 2.4 ESALs.

An ESAL, or equivalent single axle load, is a unit designed by the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) to measure the damage done to roadways. 

Previously, motor carriers not hauling metal or agricultural products were ineligible for an Overweight Commodity Permit and would need to make multiple trips or use multiple vehicles to meet the lower weight threshold.

Carriers who obtained an OSW Commodity Permit prior to Jan. 1, 2021 are grandfathered into the new law in certain circumstances.  Their single-trip permits will not count towards the annual limit if they haul only the commodity requested on the prior permit and do not exceed the previous weight thresholds of:

  • Up to 120,000 lbs. for metal and
  • Up to 97,000 lbs. for agricultural carriers and those who haul logs, wood chips, tree bark or sawdust under an OSW Agricultural Commodity permit.

Under HEA 1190 and HEA 1150, what constitutes a civil penalty and how much carriers will pay for violating OSW rules will change. Deviating from the approved route or substituting a different vehicle other than what is listed on the permit will be a violation subject to civil penalties. Carriers could pay up to the following amounts for OSW violations:

  • Up to $1,000 (formerly $500) for the first permit violation;
  • Up to $1,500 (formerly $1,000) for each subsequent permit violation;
  • Up to $5,000 (no change) for hauling an OSW load without the proper permit; and
  • Up to $10,000 per violation for transporting loads too large or heavy to qualify for an OSW permit.

Among other OSW-related measures, HEA 1190 also:

  • Instructs INDOT to change permit fees no later than Oct. 1;
  • Allows INDOT to temporarily increase the number of OSW permits for divisible loads issued in response to an emergency or changes in market conditions; and
  • Allows INDOT to suspend overweight divisible load permitting if they observe increases in infrastructure damage on a permitted route or the number of accidents associated with these loads.

Most Indiana OSW permits are issued by the Indiana Department of Revenue’s Motor Carrier Services (MCS) department, under the guidance and rules set by INDOT and in accordance with Indiana law. Also, MCS issues and collects civil penalties for OSW violations issued by Indiana State Police.

I-40 Bridge at TN/AR Line Closed Due to Crack

The I-40 bridge, also known as the Hernando DeSoto “M” bridge, at the Tennessee/Arkansas border which crosses over the Mississippi River will be closed due to a crack in the structure. I-40 Bridge at TN/AR Line Closed Due to Crack

The crack was discovered on Monday, May 10 after suffering collision damage. 

The Tennessee DOT and Arkansas DOT share responsibility of the bridge and are working with contract crews to mitigate repairs. It is unknown at this time how long repairs will take to complete. 

All traffic is being re-routed to I-55. 

The TN DOT Bridge Inspection and Repair Office released a repair report and statement. The report notes repairs needed to beams and concrete. The bridge will be thoroughly inspected after repairs are completed, before it is reopened to travel. 

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits & Pilot cars works directly with all state DOT permit offices to stay up-to-date on interstate closures, oversize travel restrictions and more. We can also help with oversize/overweight load permits, wide load permits, superload permits, trip & fuel permits, UCR fees, DOT numbers and more. Additionally, WCS manufacturers oversize load and truck safety equipment for purchase online or via phone sales.
 
For more information, contact WCS Permits today and one of our over 65 oversize load permit agents nationwide will assist you.
MN: Spring load restrictions end in north-central & north frost zones

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will end spring load restrictions (SLR) in the NORTH-CENTRAL and NORTH frost zones Monday, May 3, 2021 at 12:01 AM. MN: Spring load restrictions end in north-central & north frost zones

Spring Load restrictions have already ended in the other frost zones.

Frost zones and restricted routes can be found on the MnDOT load limits map. Start and end dates and other load limit information are shown at mndot.gov/loadlimits.

Overweight permits for more than 80,000 pound gross vehicle weight continue during spring load restrictions and new permits will be issued if all axle and group weights are legal (axle weight limits).

Full-summer overweight permits can be issued, during the spring load restriction period, for travel on the interstate system only. Middle-range overweight permits become available within each frost zone when spring load restrictions are lifted.

Full-summer overweight permits become available two to three weeks after spring load restrictions are lifted.  Ending dates for spring load restrictions are variable and based on how weather is affecting roadway strength. 

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits & Pilot cars works directly with all state DOT permit offices to stay up-to-date on winter and spring load limits, oversize travel restrictions and more. We can also help with oversize/overweight load permits, wide load permits, superload permits, trip & fuel permits, UCR fees, DOT numbers and more. Additionally, WCS manufacturers oversize load and truck safety equipment for purchase online or via phone sales.
 
For more information, contact WCS Permits today and one of our over 65 oversize load permit agents nationwide will assist you.
MN: Seasonal Load Limit Notification

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (DOT) will end Spring load restrictions in the south and central frost zones, and full-summer overweight permits start in the metro and southeast zones effective Monday, April 26, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. MN: Seasonal Load Limit Notification

Spring load restrictions are still in effect in the NORTH-CENTRAL and NORTH frost zones.

Spring Load restrictions have already ended in the METRO and SOUTHEAST frost zones.

Frost zones and restricted routes can be found on the MnDOT load limits map.

Start and end dates and other load limit information are shown at mndot.gov/loadlimits.

Overweight permits for more than 80,000 pound gross vehicle weight continue during spring load restrictions and new overweight permits will be issued if all axle and group weights are legal (axle weight limits).

Full-summer overweight permits can be issued, during the spring load restriction period, for travel on the interstate system only.

Middle-range overweight permits become available within each frost zone when spring load restrictions are lifted. Full-summer overweight permits become available two to three weeks after spring load restrictions are lifted. 

Ending dates for spring load restrictions are variable and based on how weather is affecting roadway strength. 

Michigan Spring Weight Restrictions

Effective Monday, April 12, 2021, 6 a.m., weight restrictions will be lifted on all Michigan state trunkline highways from the southern Michigan border north to and including US-2/US-141 at the Menominee River bridge west of Iron Mountain, then east on US-2 to St. Ignace.

Michigan Spring Weight Restrictions Frost restrictions are still in effect for the remainder of the state and will be imposed and enforced on all state trunkline highways north of US-2 and M-185 on Mackinac Island. State trunk line highways typically carry M, I or US designations. 

Weight Restriction information and updates may be obtained by calling 1-800-787-8960. For companies located in Canada or New Jersey, information may be obtained by calling 517-335-0023.  On routes designated as “All Season Routes” (green & 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 reduction of 25% for rigid pavements and 35% for flexible pavements.

Extended permits will be valid for oversize only in the weight restricted area. Single oversize load permits will not be issued for 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 Please refer to MDOT Truck Operators Map for route designations.

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits & Pilot cars works directly with all state DOT permit offices to stay up-to-date on winter and spring load limits, oversize load travel restrictions and more. We can also help with oversize/overweight load permits, wide load permits, superload permits, trip & fuel permits, UCR fees, DOT numbers and more. Additionally, WCS manufacturers oversize load and truck safety equipment for purchase online or via phone sales.
 
For more information, contact WCS Permits today and one of our over 65 oversize load permit agents nationwide will assist you.