Who Needs an Oversize Load Permit?

Trucking and logistic industry professionals often are unsure if a specific load requires a permit. There are some important factors that determine that, and some important information to know if/when applying for an oversize load permit. Who Needs an Oversize Load Permit?

If a vehicle is oversize or overweight, a temporary permit, commonly referred to as an oversize load permit, is needed. That oversize load permit allows the vehicle to continue to move from its origin to its destination. An oversize load permit is needed if the overall heigh exceeds 13’6”, the overall width exceeds 8’6”, the trailer length exceeds 53’ or the overall weight exceeds 80,000 pounds.

Note that over length laws vary from state to state, but requirements can be determined at the time you apply for a permit.

What information is needed to apply for an oversize load permit?

Here is a list of what you will need to apply for an oversize load permit:

  • A US DOT number/Federal ID Number
  • Unit number
  • Vehicle info – year, make model, serial, and license number
  • Type of trailer – flatbed, lowboy, drop deck, etc.
  • The number of axles
  • Trailer length
  • Load description – be as descriptive as possible, as much detail as possible about the load being moved will make for a more fluid permitting process with better turnaround times
  • Total number of pieces and how each is being loaded
  • Overall travel dimensions – height (from ground to the top of the load), width (trailer or load, whichever is wider), length (truck & Trailer and/or load, whichever is longer), weight (truck, trailer and load), overhang and individual axle spacings (truck & trailer)

NOTE: DIMENSIONS MUST BE FOR THE ACTUAL SIZE OF THE LOAD

  • Origin and destination –the exact destination of the oversize load is required, ending physical address or junction
  • Complete routes – permit agents can assist in determining the best route for the load

If you apply for an oversize/overweight load permit with WCS Permits, all your important information, including unit numbers and vehicle information will be stored in the system for faster permit turnaround times going forward.

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.

 

WCS EXCITED TO PARTICIPATE IN 2021 INDUSTRY SHOWS

Many shows in 2020 were canceled or postponed due to the pandemic, but most are making its way back in 2021 and 2022, and WCS is excited to be participating in several industry shows. WCS EXCITED TO PARTICIPATE IN 2021 INDUSTRY SHOWS

2021 SC&RA Transportation Symposium

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars will join heavy haul professionals, state officials and other specialized transport industry leaders at the Sheraton in Birmingham June 22 – 24 for several days of meetings and networking. 

WCS also participates as an exhibitor and as an event sponsor. 

WCS will showcase its primary services as an exhibitor, including OS/OW permits, pilot car dispatching, logistics consulting and truck safety equipment. As always, WCS will be ready to demonstrate the various permit tools they’ve developed, including The Permit Portal, as well as the online permit manual, The Oversize Load Assistant, and new features to the company’s online permit portal where customers can access permit information and account history 24/7. 

BREAKBULK AMERICAS 2021

WCS will again participate as an exhibitor at the nation’s largest project cargo and breakbulk industry trade show, Breakbulk Americas at the Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas September 28 – September 30, 2021

This is WCS’ sixth year as a show exhibitor. 

MID-AMERICA TRUCK SHOW (MATS)

The show’s 50th anniversary is set for for March 24 – 26, 2022 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. 

With over 650 exhibitors and 70,000 plus anticipated attendees, including owner-operators, truck drivers and ops managers, WCS will maximize the reach of its products and services.

More About WCS Permits & Pilot Cars

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is North America’s oversize load authority. We provide various industries with oversize load permitstrip & fuel permitssuperload permits, route surveying, transportation consultingpilot car dispatching and truck safety equipment throughout the United States and Canada. We also take pride in offering some of the latest tools drivers and dispatchers need for optimal convenience, including our Permit Accompaniments App available on the App Store and Google Play, and our online permit manual, The Oversize Load Assistant. We manufacture all of our over-dimensional signage in our Los Angeles, CA sign-shop.

The company was formed in 1998 as a small Southern California-based pilot car and oversize permit service. After a few short years of providing pilot car dispatch and oversize load permits in California and the Western United States, the company further expanded its reach and grew until it was servicing the entire U.S. and Canada. 

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.
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.
Wisconsin Spring Weight Restrictions

Spring Weight Restrictions will be lifted in zones 3, 4 and 5 in Wisconsin effective 12:01 a.m. Thursday, April 8, 2021. Restrictions remain in place in zones 1 and 2.   Wisconsin Spring Weight Restrictions

For more information on the Weight restriction programs, please visit.

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.
TN: Chattanooga Interstate Construction & Oversize Restrictions

This Spring there will be some major traffic impacts on I-24 and I-75 in Chattanooga, TN taking place over several weeks, and in some cases may limit oversize load travel. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (DOT) released the following info to help detour around closures.    

I-24 Bridge replacement over S. Germantown Rd

The first project is the I-24 Bridge replacement over S. Germantown Rd. The bridge will be replaced using Accelerated Bridge Construction, just like Fast Fix Four in TN: Chattanooga Interstate Construction & Oversize Restrictions Nashville; however, in Chattanooga there are not too many detour options. I-24 will reduce to two lanes in both directions and using both existing ramps and temporary ramps to detour traffic around the bridge on a local frontage road. Due to the topology, we are expecting major impacts to I-24EB and moderate impacts to I-24WB. Additionally, the detour will be a confined space for traffic as it will only be 11’ lanes with 2’ shoulders. It is recommended for this project that oversized loads, including wide loads, use an alternate route.

I-24 at I-75 interchange modification

The other project is I-24 at I-75 interchange modification. The contractor will be utilizing weekend lane closures to complete concrete repairs on I-75. This will involve closing two lanes on either I-75 NB or I-75 SB, while keeping two lanes open. The contractor is allowed 3 weekends for I-75 NB and 4 weekends for I-75SB. Again, traffic will have limited lane widths and several traffic shifts, especially in the NB direction. There is a possibility of the contractor closing the I-75NB to I-24WB ramp to align I-75 NB is its new alignment. The contractor is trying to figure a way to do this under nighttime lane closures though. This project’s restrictions aren’t as critical, but worth the note, especially for oversize/overweight loads.

Construction Schedule  Through April 2021

Contract Route Start End
DB1801 I-75 NB 3/19/2021 9PM 3/22/2021 6AM
DB1801 I-75 NB 3/26/2021 9PM 3/29/2021 6AM
DB1801 I-75 SB 4/09/2021 9PM 4/12/2021 6AM
CMGC03 I-24 Both Directions 4/16/2021 9PM 4/19/2021 5AM
CMGC03 I-24 Both Directions 4/23/2021 9PM 4/26/2021 5AM
CMGC03 (Contingency for weather) I-24 Both Directions 4/30/2021 9PM 5/02/2021 5AM

 

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits & Pilot cars works directly with all state DOT permit offices to stay up-to-date on construction that may impact oversize  load travel. 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.
Michigan Spring Weight Load Restrictions

Effective Monday, March 8, 2021 at 8 a.m., weight restrictions will be imposed and enforced on all state trunk line highways for the entire state of Michigan, both Upper and Lower Peninsula. Michigan Spring Weight Load Restrictions

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 trip permits will not be issued for overweight 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 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 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.
WisDOT Oversized Permits Frozen Roads Update
The Wisconsin state oversize/overweight load permit department (Wisconsin Department of Transportation) released the following regarding the frozen roads period. WisDOT Oversized Permits Frozen Roads Update
 
The Frozen Roads period ends, and Class II restrictions begin STATEWIDE at 12:01 AM on Saturday, March 6, 2021.  The Posted Roads Period begins STATEWIDE at 12:01 PM on Monday, March 8, 2021.
 
Click below for more information on the frozen roads program including a map of the zones: 
https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/com-drv-vehs/mtr-car-trkr/ssnl-wt-rsrctns/frozenroad.aspx Here’s how WisDOT monitors field conditions to verify frost depths:  https://youtu.be/cGvOoYYKAS0

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.