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Operational Closure of Long Beach Oversize Load Route

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. 

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WCS Permits Announces Facebook Photo Contest

WCS Permits Announces Facebook Photo Contest

WCS Permits & Pilot cars is looking for the best photos of oversize/overweight loads from all over the road anywhere in the United States and Canada. 

WCS Permits Announces Facebook Photo Contest

Oversize load – military equipment

The Facebook photo contest is open to any load permitted by a WCS Permit agent, from any of the company’s nationwide offices. Everything from wide loads to tall loads to long loads, as well as superloads are welcome. 

WCS will reward two contest winners with a company T-shirt and assortment of company giveaways, along with bragging rights. The goodies will be shipped directly to the winners. 

Enter by posting a photo with a brief caption to WCS Permits Facebook wall, or add the photo and caption to any post within the comments. Mention the photo contest in the caption. Entry period ends Monday, March 11th at 8 p.m. EST. 

Official Rules

  1. Eligibility: The contest is open to those who have a digital picture of an oversize/overweight load permitted by WCS Permits.
  2. Campaign Period: Wednesday, March 6th at 3 pm EST – Monday, March 11th at 8 pm EST
  3. How to Enter: Submit a photo to WCS Permits via Facebook wall or comment to any post at https://facebook.com/wcspermits with a brief caption and mention of the contest. The entry must fulfill campaign requirements.
  4. Prizes: Two winners selected by WCS Permits’ management will receive a WCS T-shirt and a small assortment of company giveaways. The prize will be shipped directly to the winner. No substitutions.
  5. Winner Notification: the winner will be notified via Facebook within five days following the selection of the winner on Tuesday, March 12th.
  6. Note: By entering the WCS Permits contest, you give WCS Permits the rights to use photos in print or digital, or in any media.
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WCS Pilot Car Manager Featured in AC&T Magazine

WCS Pilot Car Manager Featured in AC&T Magazine Article

WCS Permits’ Pilot Car Manager, Valerie Daniel, was WCS Pilot Car Manager Featured in AC&T Magazine Articlefeatured in the February 2019 issue of American Cranes & Transport (AC&T) Magazine. 

This is the second year WCS and Daniel were asked to give their expertise on pilot car market demands and certification, among other industry leaders. 

The AC&T article, “A crucial transportation tool” included Daniel’s take on market trends and challenges. 

Daniel talked about the current state of the pilot car market as well as its challenges. Daniel and WCS Permit colleagues believe the varying state regulations for pilot cars is a big challenge and the need for national certification is extremely important. 

Daniel also gave advice to anyone planning a cross-country transportation in regards to pilot cars. 

“Unless a company has extensive knowledge of oversize rules and regulations, getting professional assistance is the key,” said Daniel.

She also noted any company wishing to do the research on rules and regulations themselves can refer to the Oversize Load Assistant, which is an interactive database with info detailed info on pilot car requirements per state. 

ABOUT DANIEL & WCS’ PILOT CAR DIVISION

Daniel is WCS’ Pilot Car Division Manager and oversees the company’s East Coast pilot car dispatch operation as well as other aspects of the business, including pilot certification and equipment checking for all pilots in the company’s network.

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars has a large network of over 5,000 pilot car companies and drivers, and dedicated East Coast and West Coast pilot car divisions to keep loads moving across the U.S. and Canada. Daniel also works to ensure the pilot car division is up-to-date with requirements in all 50 U.S. states and Canada, including transportation time restrictions, national holiday closures, road closures, and areas where weekend travel is prohibited.

 

 

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Permit Portal Changes How Dispatchers, Drivers Communicate

Permit Portal App iOS

Permit Portal Changes How Dispatchers, Drivers CommunicateA New Game-Changing Mobile App

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars launched a new, game-changing mobile app, the “Permit Portal,” which sends drivers and dispatchers instant automated text message notifications when oversize permits are approved.

The app has been live on the App Store and Google Play for only a month and has already changed how some drivers and dispatchers are communicating, bringing more ease and convenience to the oversize load permit process. 

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.

The free app allows WCS customers to receive an instant text message notification or email as soon as an oversize load permit is available. It is unlike any other tool or app available to drivers or dispatchers in the industry.

How does it work?

Customers simply request message notifications. Once a WCS permit agent confirms a mobile number in the system, text messages will automatically be sent for each permit approval on the customers load.

As soon as a permit is issued, a WCS agent will attach it to an order which will trigger the automated text message. Once received, the customer can click the link in the text message to open the “Permit Portal” app and view the order to download, print or email the permit.

Supporting documents, such as route surveys, will also be available along with the permit.

Permits can also be viewed by directly opening the app and entering an order and unit number. Any permits that are pending on an order will be shown in red while approved permits will show in green. As soon as each permit is approved, a new text message will be sent.  Customers can also refresh an order at any time to see any changes in the order status.

Additionally, dispatchers can request to receive permit approvals for an order via email. The fully automated process allows for up to 2 phone numbers and 2 email addresses to be included on each order.

“This new process for delivering permits creates accountability between the permit agent, dispatcher and driver. The progress of the order and associated permits can be viewed in real time by all parties,” said WCS President Wes Mollno. “There will never again be any confusion as to the status of an order. The communication, convenience and simplicity of Permit Portal App has changed the game.”

Perfect for Drivers & Dispatchers

Drivers and dispatchers both benefit from utilizing the “Permit Portal” app.

Dispatchers sitting in front of a computer have the convenience of receiving an email notification, while at the same time their driver receives a text message, when a permit becomes available on an order. This automated process means no additional emails need to be exchanged between a dispatcher and driver.

The work load for drivers decreases when utilizing the app as well. A driver can opt-in to receive a text when a permit is available on any order, so they can be on the same page as their WCS permit agent and/or dispatcher at all times.

The text message notification will be there waiting for the driver as soon as they can stop to safely view. When a driver opens the permit on an order by using the app on a mobile device or tablet, the driver can then view, save, email or print their permits.

Convenience was the main goal of the app, but it does not take the place of any customer receiving direct customer service assistance or communication from a WCS permit agent.

WCS is the Industry’s Technology Leader

Upon initial release, in a small sample of test clients, WCS had 100% satisfaction with the app. After the full release, the app’s downloads took off, and within a 24-hour period, it had a 5-star rating on the App Store and Google Play.

This isn’t WCS’ first innovative tool designed to help drivers and dispatchers.

For 7 years, WCS has maintained the “Permit Attachment App,” which gives drivers and dispatchers access to permit attachments for the United States and Canada. The free app also includes the option to upgrade to a paid version to view city and county attachments throughout the entire United States.

What Are Our Customers Saying?

“I like that I don’t have to constantly bug [my permit agents] asking if they have my permit. I will see it when I get the text message and know that my driver has it too. Also, when my boss is asking me if we have a certain permit and I’m not at my desk to check, I can quickly answer their question by looking at the app. Same goes for the drivers asking me if I have their permit, they don’t have to ask now because they know that they get it as soon as I get it,” said Permit Manager at Guy M Turner.

“It eliminates permit agents forgetting to send it to me, and at the same time, me forgetting to send it to a driver. It all happens at once and saves lots of time. With the app there is a sense of security because I know that I didn’t forget to send the permits to the driver and that they will not be waiting on me.”

More About WCS Permits

In business since 1998, WCS has grown to be North America’s oversize load authority with five offices nationwide, including two Ohio locations, Los Angeles, 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.

Get Started  

Existing customers can contact their WCS permit agent to begin receiving text message notifications or emails on permit approvals. New customers can contact WCS online or call Eastern headquarters at (888) 737-6483 to get started. Once notifications are enabled, the link within each text message will direct each customer to the App Store or Google Play to download and use the app.

The Permit Portal is also available for order search with a unit number or order number via the WCS website. Navigate to the Permit Portal page to start your search. 

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WCS to Sponsor & Exhibit at SC&RA Transportation Symposium

WCS to Attend & Exhibit at SC&RA Transportation Symposium

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars will be attending and exhibiting at the 2019 SC&RA (Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association) Transportation Symposium in Houston, Texas Feb. 19 – 22. WCS to Attend & Exhibit at SC&RA Transportation Symposium

Once again, WCS will be participating both as an exhibitor and as an SC&RA Transportation Symposium sponsor. 

During exhibiting day on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., WCS will showcase its services and line-up of technology, including its newest app, The Permit Portal which sends instant text notifications once oversize permits are approved. The team 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. Don’t forget, WCS’ Permit Attachment App. Live for several years, the app is a popular tool among drivers and dispatchers as it 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. 

WCS will be at booth no. 37 showcasing its services, technology and some of the equipment sold online via the company web store, including oversize load signs, safety apparel, pilot car equipment and more. 

ABOUT THE TRANSPORTATION SYMPOSIUM

The transportation symposium attracts industry leaders and transportation officials to discuss many topics, including oversize load permits, permit policies, pilot cars, how technology is changing the oversize transport industry and more. The four-day symposium includes speakers in various roles in the industry from state officials to company CEOs. 

Click here to view the complete show schedule 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!

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WCS Debuts Permit Portal App

Permit Portal Mobile App

Permit Portal AppWCS Permits & Pilot Cars kicked off the new year by introducing a new, game-changing mobile app, the “Permit Portal,” which sends drivers and dispatchers instant automated text message notifications when oversize permits are approved.

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.

The free app allows WCS customers to receive an instant text message notification or email as soon as an oversize load permit is available. It is unlike any other tool or app available to drivers or dispatchers in the industry.

How does it work?

Customers simply request message notifications. Once a WCS permit agent confirms a mobile number in the system, text messages will automatically be sent for each permit approval on the customers load.

As soon as a permit is issued, a WCS agent will attach it to an order which will trigger the automated text message. Once received, the customer can click the link in the text message to open the “Permit Portal” app and view the order to download, print or email the permit.

Supporting documents, such as route surveys, will also be available along with the permit.

Permits can also be viewed by directly opening the app and entering an order and unit number. Any permits that are pending on an order will be shown in red while approved permits will show in green. As soon as each permit is approved, a new text message will be sent.  Customers can also refresh an order at any time to see any changes in the order status.

Additionally, dispatchers can request to receive permit approvals for an order via email. The fully automated process allows for up to 2 phone numbers and 2 email addresses to be included on each order.

“This new process for delivering permits creates accountability between the permit agent, dispatcher and driver. The progress of the order and associated permits can be viewed in real time by all parties,” said WCS President Wes Mollno. “There will never again be any confusion as to the status of an order. The communication, convenience and simplicity of Permit Portal App has changed the game.”

Perfect for Drivers & Dispatchers

Drivers and dispatchers both benefit from utilizing the “Permit Portal” app.

Dispatchers sitting in front of a computer have the convenience of receiving an email notification, while at the same time their driver receives a text message, when a permit becomes available on an order. This automated process means no additional emails need to be exchanged between a dispatcher and driver.

The work load for drivers decreases when utilizing the app as well. A driver can opt-in to receive a text when a permit is available on any order, so they can be on the same page as their WCS permit agent and/or dispatcher at all times.

The text message notification will be there waiting for the driver as soon as they can stop to safely view. When a driver opens the permit on an order by using the app on a mobile device or tablet, the driver can then view, save, email or print their permits.

Convenience was the main goal of the app, but it does not take the place of any customer receiving direct customer service assistance or communication from a WCS permit agent.

WCS is the Industry’s Technology Leader

Upon initial release, in a small sample of test clients, WCS had 100% satisfaction with the app. After the full release, the app’s downloads took off, and within a 24-hour period, it had a 5-star rating on the App Store and Google Play.

This isn’t WCS’ first innovative tool designed to help drivers and dispatchers.

For 7 years, WCS has maintained the “Permit Attachment App,” which gives drivers and dispatchers access to permit attachments for the United States and Canada. The free app also includes the option to upgrade to a paid version to view city and county attachments throughout the entire United States.

More About WCS Permits

In business since 1998, WCS has grown to be North America’s oversize load authority with five offices nationwide, including two Ohio locations, Los Angeles, 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.

Get Started  

Existing customers can contact their WCS permit agent to begin receiving text message notifications or emails on permit approvals. New customers can contact WCS online or call Eastern headquarters at (888) 737-6483 to get started. Once notifications are enabled, the link within each text message will direct each customer to the App Store or Google Play to download and use the app.

The Permit Portal is also available for order search with a unit number or order number via the WCS website. Navigate to the Permit Portal page to start your search. 

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Freezing Temps Result in Travel Restrictions on Northeast, Eastern Interstates

Freezing Temps Result in Travel Restrictions

UPDATE 1/31: There is a travel ban on I-90 for tractor trailers from exit 46 to the PA line due to weather conditions. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is advising motorists to closely monitor weather forecasts and conditions as a storm system is anticipated to impact most of the state, with many areas expected to see precipitation during the Tuesday rush hours. Freezing Temps Result in Travel Restrictions

The storm will bring freezing temps, precipitation and snow to the midwest and northeast and is forecast to be followed by a brutal cold front that could bring icy conditions and sudden snow squalls.

Additionally, the FMCSA has expanded its emergency declaration from Jan. 18 to include 22 states in the Midwest and Northeast. 

“While many parts of the state may not see significant accumulations, it is critical to always be mindful of conditions and keep safety top of mind when driving in inclement weather,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “Our crews are prepared to take on these conditions, and we call on the public to allow themselves extra time, drive according to conditions, and postpone travel if necessary.”

Due to potential snowfall rates and accumulations, PennDOT and the PA Turnpike are prohibiting empty tractor trailers and commercial vehicles pulling double trailers, RV/motorhomes, and motorcycles on the following Interstates beginning at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, January 29, and tentatively lifting (condition-dependent) at 6 p.m. on the same day:

  • Interstate 380 full length from I-81 to I-80;
  • I-78 full length from I-81 to the New Jersey state line;
  • I-80 from I-180 to the New Jersey state line;
  • I-81 from I-83 to the New York state line;
  • I-84 full length from I-81 to the New York state line; and
  • I-476 (PA Turnpike, Northeast Ext.) from I-78 to Clarks Summit (exit 131).

See a map of vehicle restrictions going into effect tomorrow at www.penndot.gov. This map is also provided below.  Speed restrictions on Interstates and expressways may be implemented as the storm progresses.

To help make decisions regarding winter travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.

Motorists should be aware that all vehicles should be fully clear of ice and snow before winter travel. If snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the operator of that vehicle could receive a $200 to $1,000 fine.

When winter weather occurs, PennDOT urges drivers to be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment. When encountering a plow truck, drivers should:

  • Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck.
  • Be alert since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.
  • When a plow truck is traveling toward you, move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width.
  • Never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a “plow train.” The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles.
  • Never travel next to a plow truck since there are blind spots where the operator can’t see, and they can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.
  • Keep your lights on to help the operator better see your vehicle. Also remember that under Pennsylvania state law, vehicle lights must be on every time a vehicle’s wipers are on due to inclement weather.

In addition to driving safely around plows, motorists are urged to drive according to conditions. If motorists encounter snow or ice-covered roads, they should slow down, increase their following distance and avoid distractions. Last winter in Pennsylvania, preliminary data shows that there were 440 crashes resulting in 221 injuries on snowy, slushy or ice-covered roadways where aggressive-driving behaviors such as speeding or making careless lane changes were factors.

PennDOT has created a Winter Safety media center, including social-media-sized graphics highlighting winter driving preparations and operations at www.penndot.gov in the “Media Center” under the “About Us” footer.

More States Take Action

22 states are included in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration emergency declaration. 

Truck drivers hauling heating fuels, including propane, natural gas, and heating oil, and other fuel products, including gasoline, into the affected states providing necessary relief will be exempt from hours of service regulations through Feb. 2, or until the end of the emergency, whichever is less.

States included in the declaration are: Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont and Wisconsin.

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that tractor trailers and commercial buses will be banned from certain highways in Western New beginning at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 and on portions of the Interstate 81 corridor beginning Wednesday, Jan. 30 at noon as heavy snows and frigid temperatures are expected to impact several parts of the state. Most areas in the path of the storm will see 6 to 8 inches of snow, with the exception of areas that typically experience lake effect snow, including southern Erie County, the Chautauqua Ridge in Western New York, and the Tug Hill Plateau in Northern New York that could see significantly higher amounts of snow through Friday morning.

Beginning at noon Wednesday, tractor trailers and commercial buses will be banned on Interstate 81 in New York from the Canadian Border to State Route 104.

There is a travel ban on I-90 for tractor trailers from exit 46 to the PA line due to weather conditions. 

The Indiana Toll Road issued a travel ban from noon today through noon Tuesday. Prohibited are triple tractor-trailers, long-doubles (high-profile only), high-profile oversize permit loads.

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PA Gov. Declares State of Emergency, Ban on Commercial Vehicles

PA Gov. Declares State of Emergency, Ban on Commercial Vehicles

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf declared a state of emergency and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has issued a ban on all commercial vehicles on all interstates except I-95 ahead of the weekend’s snow storm. PA Gov. Declares State of Emergency, Ban on Commercial Vehicles

PennDOT, in response to the impending Winter Storm Harper, will be enacting the following restrictions:

  • Full Commercial Vehicle Ban on ALL Interstates except I-95 effective Saturday, Jan. 19 at noon through Sunday Jan. 20 at noon. 
  • The ban will also be imposed on the Turnpike, U.S. 22 in the Lehigh Valley and PA Route 33 in Northampton and Monroe Counties.
  • Speed Limit Restriction – 45 MPH will occur as conditions warrant throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The upcoming storm is expected to bring heavy snow, high winds, sleet and freezing rain across the state through the weekend.

The Governor has issued a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency, which includes a commercial vehicle ban, in advance of Winter Storm Harvey.

The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration has also issued a Regional Emergency Declaration in support of the transport of heating fuel including propane, natural gas, heating oil and other fuel products including gasoline. The following 12 states fall under the declaration; Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. 

The declaration will expire at midnight on Feb. 2.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) also suspended hours of service regulations for drivers hauling heating fuel and other essential supplies in 12 midwestern and eastern states in anticipation of the storm.

Those states include: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. 

New York Also Bans Tractor Trailers

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed the New York State Department of Transportation and the Thruway Authority to ban tractor trailers and buses on the entire Thruway system, with the exception of I-95 in Westchester and Bronx counties, and most interstate highways out of an abundance of caution as winter storm Harper will impact travel across the entire state this weekend. The ban will be in effect beginning 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and will last for the duration of the storm.

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! We are keeping up-to-date on when Oklahoma will resume issuing permits, but we do anticipate a delay once the office is full-staffed again.

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.

 

 

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Due to Weather, Oklahoma Permit Office Short-Staffed

Due to Weather, Oklahoma Permit Office Short-Staffed

Oklahoma’s recent severe weather is still affecting highways, truck driver safety and oversize load permit turnaround. Due to Weather, Oklahoma Permit Office Short-Staffed

The state’s DOT permit office has not had any permit staff to process oversize load permits on Thursday, Jan. 3 or Friday, Jan.4. OK state permits will still self-issue if you are traveling on a route with no closures. 

After areas of the state received almost 7 inches of snow, oversize and commercial motor vehicle travel was limited due to safety and closures. Oklahoma’s weather map shows closed areas and highway conditions.  

Heavy Snowfall & Winter Advisories

The winter storm hit moved in Wednesday night and led into Thursday morning, with another round of snow that fell Thursday afternoon. 

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning through Friday (1/4) morning for northern Texas, parts of the Texas Panhandle and much of Oklahoma. The region had almost 7 inches (7.5 to 18 centimeters) of snow, along with ice accumulations of up to 1 inch (2.5 centimeters). Other parts of Texas and Oklahoma were under winter weather advisories.  

Beware of Icy, Slick Roads

The mix of wintry precipitation has created slippery road conditions and limited visibility. In addition to checking state weather maps for road closures, be extremely cautious. State DOT’s recommend reducing speed, staying at least 150 feet behind any snow removal equipment, and warn to stay off certain roads if it can be avoided. 

The slickest roadways were reported south and west of Oklahoma City.  

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! We are keeping up-to-date on when Oklahoma will resume issuing permits, but we do anticipate a delay once the office is full-staffed again.

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.

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Illinois Places Weight Restriction on Cairo Bridge US 60/62

Illinois Places Weight Restriction on Cairo Bridge US 60/62
The Illinois Department of Transportation (DOT) will place a weight restriction on the Cairo Bridge effective Wednesday, Dec. 27. Illinois Places Weight Restriction on Cairo Bridge US 60/62
 

The US 60/62 bridge at Cairo that spans across Alexander County, Illinois and Mississippi County, Missouri, and over the Mississippi River. will will be restricting combination vehicles to 37 tons and single unit vehicle to 33 tons. 

 
Repair plans for the bridge are in place, although exact start and finish dates are not available by either the Illinois or Missouri DOT. 
 
The Cairo I-57 Bridge is a steel through arch bridge carrying 4 lanes of Interstate 57 across the Mississippi River at Cairo, Illinois and located in the tri-state area of Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri. It was opened in 1978.
 

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.