MoDOT discourages travel in southeast Missouri

Icy pavement with more freezing rain in the 24-hour forecast prompts the Missouri Department of Transportation to discourage travel in the southeast region of Missouri through Thursday, Feb. 11.

MoDOT discourages travel in southeast Missouri


This currently includes an area from Ste. Genevieve to the northeast, Salem and Thayer to the west and the Arkansas state line to the south.The area could expand based on the location of continued frozen rainfall.


Affected trucking routes include

  • Interstates 55 and 57
  • US Routes 60, 61, 67

All other highways in the region are to be considered treacherous until freezing rain stops and the efforts of highway crews begin to make roads passable.
Ice is a difficult foe for road crews. Extremely low temperatures, such as those currently experienced – and forecasted – for the region, cause chemicals used to clear lanes to work much less effectively.

Stay informed about conditions during breaks from the road by using MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map, available online at www.modot.org, or through MoDOT’s smartphone app, available for iPhone and Android phones. The map offers current views of road conditions for Missouri interstates and highways. You can zoom in to a particular location, check live weather radar, and view images from MoDOT’s traffic cameras and message boards.
Stay safe and warm!

Oversize Load I-95 Restriction in Delaware

I-95 in Delaware will be restricted to a maximum width of 10 feet wide for all oversize loads for a 2-year construction project between I-95/ I-495 split and US 202.

Oversize Load I-95 Restriction in Delaware

The state DOT released the following information regarding the wide load restriction:

I-95 Northbound and Southbound will be restricted to a maximum width of 10 feet beginning 2/12/2021 located between the I-95/I-495 split and US202. Project will operate in contraflow configuration until approximately 12/31/2022.

Access ramps available to oversize and overweight loads, to and from the City of Wilmington, are as follows:

I-95 Northbound
– I 95 Northbound – MLK JR BLVD – JUSTISON ST
– DELAWARE AVE – N ADAMS ST – I 95 Northbound
– 52 – N VAN BUREN STREET – LOVERING AVE – N ADAMS STREET – I 95 Northbound

I-95 Southbound
– I 95 Southbound – N Jackson Street – 52
– I 95 Southbound – E 11th Street
– E 2nd Street – I 95 Southbound 

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars will work with any oversize load permit customer traveling in this direction to route around the oversize travel restriction.

Winter Storm Orlena Travel Restrictions

According to the National Weather Service, a major Nor’easter is expected to last through Tuesday, February 2. The storm will bring strong winds, coastal flooding and heavy snow fall, and travel – especially commercial and oversize travel – are not recommended during the duration of the storm. Several states have trailer and travel bans in place.

Winter Storm Orlena Travel Restrictions

Commercial Vehicle Restrictions

The following commercial vehicle restrictions are in place affecting oversize/overweight and wide load travel.

New York

All travel should be avoided as snow fall rates increase to 2 – 3 inches an hour. Road conditions will continue to get worse as snow fall rates increase. Wind gusts could reach 50 mph or more on Long Island, especially eastern Long Island where 60 mph wind gusts could occur, while many places upstate could see up to 40 mph wind gusts. Blowing and drifting snow will likely cause reduced visibilities and treacherous driving conditions in some places.
The Governor has warned that full road closures could be put in place as the storm intensifies. Unless it is absolutely essential, travel should be avoided until the storm passes.

New York Governor Cuomo directed several state agencies to mobilize emergency response resources, read the full news release here.


NYS Department of Transportation NYSDOT has issued a limited hours of service waiver for fuel deliveries in the counties of Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond and Suffolk. The waiver will be in place through February 7, 2021. A copy of the waiver is available here. If you are utilizing the provisions of the waiver it is recommended you carry a copy in your vehicles.
Effective at 5:00 a.m., Monday, February 1an empty trailer and tandem ban will be in place on the following roads:

  • I-84 from Pennsylvania state line to Connecticut state line
  • Route 17, east of Binghamton to New Jersey state line
  • I-684 for the entire length

NYS Thruway Effective at 5:00 a.m., Monday, February 1, the NYS Thruway will implement a tandem ban (short and long) for the following locations:

  • I-87 from NYC Line to Exit 24 (Albany)
  • I-95
  • I-287 Cross Westchester

  An empty trailer truck ban will be effective Monday at 5am for the following locations:

  • I-87 between Exit 8 to Exit 21A and the Berkshire Spur
  • Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge

Port Authority of NY/NJ:

  • The Truck Service Center will be closed on Monday, February 1.
  • All NJMT container terminals and depots will be closed on Monday, February 1 and Tuesday, February 2.
  • George Washington Bridge ban on empty trailers, tandem trailers, motorcycles and house trailers.
  • Bayonne Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing ban on tractor-trailers, motorcycles and house and car-pulled trailers.
  • Goethals Bridge ban on empty tractor-trailers, empty tandem trailers, motorcycles & house trailers.

MTA Bridges and Tunnels:

  • At the Bronx Whitestone, Cross Bay, Marine Parkway, RFK Triborough, Throgs Neck Bridges no Empty tractor trailers/Tandem/Piggyback/dual/ multiple trailers
  • Verrazano-Narrows Bridge both levels both directions between Staten Island Side (Staten Island) and Brooklyn Side (New York) all tractor trailers, motorcycles, step vans, minibuses and any vehicle deemed to a potential safety hazard due to cargo or other factors are not permitted.

Pennsylvania: Updated Information as of Monday, February 1: All Commercial Vehicles banned:

  • I-283: PA Turnpike to I-83
  • I-81: MD Line to NY Line
  • I-83: MD Line to I-81
  • I-78: I-81 to NJ Line
  • I-80: I-99 to NJ Line
  • I-84: I-81 to NY Line
  • I-380: I-80 to I-81
  • I-476 PA Turnpike: Lehigh Valley to Clarks Summit
  • PA 33: I-78 to I-80
  • US 22: I-78 to New Jersey State Line

All Commercial Vehicles banned w/o Chains or ATD Onboard:

  • I-476 PA Turnpike: Pocono to Clarks Summit
  • I-95 PA Turnpike: I-276 to NJ line
  • I-76 PA Turnpike: Breezewood to Harrisburg East
  • I-276 PA Turnpike: Valley Forge to I-95 connector
  • I-476 PA Turnpike: Mid County to Lehigh Valley
  • I-76 PA Turnpike: Carlisle to Valley Forge

Empty Tractor Trailers banned:

  • I-99: PA Turnpike to I-80
  • I-80: I-79 to I-99
  • I-676: I-76 to NJ Line
  • I-295: PA Turnpike to NJ Line
  • I-70: PA Turnpike to MD Line
  • I-76: PA Turnpike to NJ Line
  • I-476: I-95 to Turnpike 476
  • I-95: DE Line to NJ Line
  • I-95 PA Turnpike: I-276 to NJ line
  • I-76 PA Turnpike: Breezewood to Valley Forge
  • I-276 PA Turnpike: Valley Forge to I-95 connector
  • I-476 PA Turnpike: Mid County to Clarks Summit

View Pennsylvania restriction information here.


New Jersey: New Jersey has issued a State of Emergency – all unnecessary travel should be avoided.

As of 12:00 p.m., Sunday, January 31, New Jersey has implemented a full commercial vehicle ban on all interstates and highways. All tractor trailers, empties, passenger vehicles pulling trailers, recreation vehicles and motorcycles are included in the ban.
The restriction does not include the New Jersey Turnpike or the Garden State Parkway.A speed restriction of 35 mph is in place on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.
New Jersey truck parking information is available here.
**New Jersey has exempted government, civilian, or contracted personnel involved with the transportation of medical supplies and/or medications, including but not limited to the COVID-19 vaccines from the tractor trailer ban. A copy of the executive order is available here.


Connecticut:

Connecticut has implemented an empty and tandem tractor trailer ban on all limited access highways.
A full tractor trailer ban remains in place on:

  • I-84

**Vehicles carrying emergency supplies necessary for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, including but not limited to vaccines, testing supplies, or medications are exempt from the ban. A copy of the executive order is available here.


Rhode Island: Rhode Island has implemented a tractor trailer ban beginning at 5:00 a.m., Monday, February 1 on all state highways. A copy of the proclamation is available here.


Massachusetts: As of 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 1, Massachusetts has implemented a travel ban for tractor trailers, tandems, and specially permitted vehicles on all limited access highways.

WisDOT Frozen Roads Declaration Update

Dispatchers and truck drivers should be aware the Frozen Roads period begins in Zones 3 and 4 in Wisconsin at 12:01 AM on Thursday, January 28, 2021.

WisDOT Frozen Roads Declaration Update

The Frozen Roads Declaration was previously in effect in Zones 1 and 2. The Frozen Roads Declaration will be issued for Zone 5 when conditions warrant.  

Zone 1: Extends from the Minnesota border, Lake Superior, and the Michigan border south to and including US Highway 8.

Zone 2: Extends from the southern limit of Zone 1 to and including a line defined by US Highway 10, east on State Highway 73, east on State Highway 54, north on State Highway 22/110, east on State Highway 22 east to Lake Michigan east of Oconto (including Highways 10, 22, 54, 73, and 110).

Zone 3: Extends from the southern limit of Zone 2 to and including a line defined by US Highway 151, east on US Highway 10 to Lake Michigan (including Highways 10 and 151).

Zone 4: Extends from the southern limit of Zone 3 to and including a line defined by I-39/90 starting at the Illinois border, east on I-43, north on State Highway 164, east on State Highway 167 east to Lake Michigan (including Highways 39/90, 43, 164. And 167).

Zone 5: Extends from the southern limit of Zone 4 to the Illinois border and Lake Michigan.   For more information on the frozen roads program including a map of the zones, please visit. https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/com-drv-vehs/mtr-car-trkr/ssnl-wt-rsrctns/frozenroad.aspx Interested in seeing how WisDOT monitors field conditions to verify frost depths, see the following video: 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 travel restrictions, especially frozen road periods and frost laws during the Winter months.

WCS Permits can 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 Adds New Oversize Permit Resources

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars has launched new oversize load permit industry resources on its website.

WCS Adds New Oversize Permit Resources

The two new resources include: an industry calendar where oversize load travel restrictions or DOT permit office closures are listed and United States Trip & Fuel requirements which you can select via an interactive map.

Industry Calendar

The WCS Industry Calendar doesn’t just have information on major holiday oversize load travel restricitons & DOT oversize department/permit office closures, but also includes smaller holidays that are sometimes observed by only a handful or a single state. This helps industry professionals, dispatchers and truck drivers plan ahead regarding load schedule and permits.

You will always find information about the nearest major holiday on the calendar, as well as a link to a downloadable list of the upcoming oversize travel restrictions. Major holiday oversize load restrictions are also published on the WCS Holiday Closures page.

U.S Trip & Fuel Requirements

The Trip & Fuel Requirements Page and Map has valuable and accurate Trip & Fuel information for all 50 states. Once you select a state via the map, you can view IRP and IFTA requirements, RV/SME IRP & IFTA Requirements, Special Weight Registration Requirements, any Special requirements and more.

Data was compiled by WCS Permits’ Trip & Fuel department who works diligently so all customers can stay compliant whether they need Temporary Trip Permits (IRP) or Temporary Fuel Permits (IFTA).

WCS is committed to providing oversize load permit tools to customers and more. Visit the Permit Tools page for more information about all the specialized transportation industry resources provided including our mobile apps, oversize permit calculator and U.S. and Canadian permit provisions.

Ohio DOT Adds New Permit System Functionality

Ohio Department of Transportation will soon be adding new functionality to the Ohio Hauling Permit System (OHPS).

Ohio DOT Adds New Permit System Functionality

This new functionality will be specific to loads greater than 225,000 lbs. for a trial period and later will encompass all overweight loads in Ohio. This functionality should increase the speed of issuing permits and will also provide some new self-issue abilities for certain vehicles.

The system will go live for the reusable bridge studies on 10/06/2020 at 4:30 pm

Here are some more specifics and benefits of the updates:

  • Bridge study IDs are for loads weighing 225,000 lbs. or more (will have for loads weighing less soon)
  • Permits will self issue with a valid Bridge Study ID and will not require office review
  • Bridge Study IDs are valid for 30 days, you may use up to and including the 30th day. (expiration date of the permit does not matter)
  • Bridge Study IDs can only be used if the following apply: Same company name, same route, same weights, spacings and overall length. Width and height can be the same or less than what was approved originally.

WCS Permits will continue to communicate with the state of Ohio to fully understand the benefits of the new system with the hopes of improving permit turnaround for customers.

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits works hard to stay up-to-date on industry-related changes and news, including state permit updates. WCS has a full staff, including 65 permit agents ready to answer questions and issue oversize load permits.

If you have any questions about our oversize load permit services, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6488 to reach our permit department.

WCS Helps NASA Move Shipping Container

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars takes pride in providing customers more than just oversize load permits and pilot cars.

WCS Helps NASA Move Shipping Container

And that’s exactly what Team WCS did for a specialized spacecraft container transport to JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) in Pasadena, CA this summer to ensure the load could safely move and navigate turns.

Before the container could travel through Southern California to its final destination at JPL, WCS used specialized software to provide an in-depth Swept Path Analysis for the spacefcraft container haul.

In addition to the analysis, WCS handled advanced route planning, surveying, permitting, traffic control (with the help of WCS’ sister company, Right of Way Inc.) and pilot cars for the 18’6″ tall, 17’6″ wide load.

What is a Swept Path Analysis?

A vehicle swept path analysis is the use of professional software to show vehicle turn simulation.

In utilizing the dimensional data provided to WCS for the trailer, combined with some default assumptions about dimensional data for the truck and the positioning of the load on the trailer, this Swept Path Analysis for JPL indicated that the truck, trailer and load were capable of navigating specific turns on the proposed route.

WCS engineers used their own professional software to analyze turning radiuses to ensure clearance, creating a report and simulation of the load transport. WCS’ sister company, Right of Way Inc., also utilizes similar software for traffic control projects across Southern California.

An in-depth, four-page report was generated which included details about the data and dimensions used in this analysis for the truck, trailer, and the load as well as an illustration and simulation of the physical limits of the load as it navigates any turns in question.

The illustration shows maximum physical limits of any truck, trailer or load overhang and the video simulation demonstrates an overhead view of the load in motion as it traces out these overhang and track limits.

Safely Delivered

With the swept path analysis, logistics consulting, permitting and pilot cars provided by WCS, the container was safely transported and delivered to JPL.

WCS CEO, Wes Mollno, Featured in American Cranes & Transport

The July 2020 issue of American Cranes & Transport Magazine includes an in-depth Q&A with WCS Permits & Pilot Cars’ CEO & President, Wes Mollno.

WCS CEO, Wes Mollno, Featured in American Cranes & Transport

The two-page spread in the Business News section highlights Mollno’s impact on the specialized transport industry.

Mollno shares how he has remained inspired since he started WCS in 1998, and how he overcomes change in the industry, including challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Futhermore, Mollno goes into detail about the technology the company has developed over the years. WCS has published several apps including the Permit Portal app for instant text notifications when permits are available, as well as an online permit manual and oversize fee calculator called the Oversize Load Assistant, and an online permit portal for complete permit account management and online ordering.

“We work hard to develop tools that make it easier for our customers to do business,” said Mollno in the article. “When you do something that makes a job easier for someone, they’re going to tell their friends about it.”

The interview sums up in referencing WCS Permits as a one-stop shop in the industry. The company’s online equipment sales of oversize load products, coupled with the tools and technology they put at the fingertips of their clients in addition to oversize load permits, pilot cars and trip & fuel permits, is what Mollno believes makes WCS an all-inclusive service to the trucking industry.

Read the full interview titled, “A visionary,” in the July digital issue (page 16-17) of AC&T Mag.

Q&A with New WCS Transportation Consultant, Stara Kuhn

At WCS Permits & Pilot Cars, we hire quality people who bring value to our business and work family, which is why we have such a strong team.

Q&A with New WCS Transportation Consultant, Stara Kuhn

Today we are featuring our newest Transportation Consultant, Stara Kuhn, who joined the WCS team in June. Stara brings 18 years of permitting experience to the company and discusses her career journey in the Q&A below.

What is Your Experience in the Oversize Transport Permitting Industry?

I worked for Keen Transport for 18 years as a Permit Specialist. I was hired on young and was looking for something permanent, and as soon as I got into the industry I knew it was permanent. The oversize transport industry is an industry where it either clicks or it doesn’t, and it immediately clicked for me. I mostly permitted heavy loads hauling construction equipment, including 13-axle loads, sometimes bigger.

What do you love most about the industry?

I just love coming to work! I love the challenge that you face each and every day. You could be in the industry for 100 years and you still learn new things and will never absolutely know everything.

What led you to your position at WCS?

I felt a little stuck in a rut and wanted a change. I knew I had much more to offer as my knowledge had expanded over the years in this industry. I am fast and efficient which is a huge quality that I was recognized for, and I was ready for a change. I had lots of ideas and wanted to share them, and it was time so I took the leap. After 18 years, I went back to look for work, which was scary, but I applied for the position at WCS Permits and here I am.

What is your role at WCS?

I am a Transportation Consultant and will be helping customers with oversize load permits. When you’re obtaining permits for oversize loads you also have to help customers along the way with different rules and regulations, routing and any issues that come up, so I’m excited to be helping customers with the whole process.

What will a typical day look like for you once you settle into your role at WCS?

Once I finish training, I will be in the WCS permit portal every day ordering permits for customers. I’ll be working with various customers and look forward to working on whatever project or challenge comes my way.

What is unique about working at WCS?

At WCS, everyone is so welcoming and so willing to help explain anything. If I have a question, someone immediately picks up a phone and helps me. People are genuine, you think that doesn’t exist, but then you see it here and that motivates you. I have not been this happy in years!

What do you find most challenging about your role at WCS?

Every day is a challenge in the oversize load industry. Every load you permit is unique and each load will pose its own challenge. You just have to always be up for it and remain ready to problem solve.

What do you like to do for fun?

I have three daughters and three dogs, and they keep me busy. Between the six of them and my other half, I am pretty much booked up. I have 14-year-old twins and a 17-year-old that keep me involved in their school activities and volleyball. When I am not running around with them, I enjoy having a little bit of peace and quiet. We sneak away to the beach for a long weekend whenever we can.

WCS Permits Adds Another Transportation Consultant to the Team

Ada Kelley is the newest Transportation Consultant at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars.

WCS Permits Adds Another Transportation Consultant to the Team

The company welcomed Kelley to the team in May after she transitioned from a management position with a nationwide open deck carrier.

Kelley will use her industry knowledge and over 20 years of experience in oversize transport and permitting to assist WCS customers with routing and obtaining oversize/overweight load permits.

We sat down with Kelley to learn more about her and her industry experience.

Tell us about your career journey, and what led you to WCS Permits?

I started in the trucking industry with my father-in law’s logging trucking business. I was only doing the bookkeeping at the time. In 1998, my family and I moved to Montana and I started working for a local open deck and van freight company. After 5 years, I transferred to another open deck carrier and was there for 15 years. I started writing permits, and over time I was promoted to Manager of Regulatory Compliance and ran the permit department. During those years, I built some great relationships with state officials, permit agencies like WCS, and got involved with the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA). In 2018, I was even featured by the International Cranes and Specialized Transport Magazine as a prominent woman in the industry. After leaving the last company I was with, I contacted Wes and came on board. The timing was right and WCS was very busy, so I started almost immediately.

What do you love about the oversize transport industry?

It’s contained chaos. That’s what our jobs are working in this field, but I really enjoy it. We work with loads of all different sizes that need to travel to different places and it can be hectic. I always say, I love anything big and ugly. I enjoy a challenge and love to plan, map and route.

Fill in the blank. To be successful in the oversize load permit industry, one should be________________.

Patient! You have to be patient and want to interact with a lot of different people and situations. You also have to be very organized, or you might not have all good days.

What is your favorite aspect of work life at WCS Permits?

All of it! I really love it here at WCS Permits. Everyone has been so welcoming, and people are very helpful when there’s a problem or question. It’s definitely a solid team here. I really like the WCS Online Permit Portal, too. It’s a great system and I look forward to learning more as I help customers with loads and permits.

What is the most challenging aspect about the industry?

Non-uniformity or harmonization among states. I have been to every single Transportation Symposium and appreciate what the SC&RA does to try and achieve this. Some great progress has been made, but there’s more to accomplish.

How do you spend your free time away from work?

I have been happily married for almost 24 years. I have one son, he’s a welder who lives in Colorado, and enjoy spending time with him when I can. My husband and I also love to get outside; camp, ride our side-by-sides and enjoy the outdoors.