MoDOT will completely close Interstate 70 in both directions between I-435 and I-470/Route 291 (Mile Markers 7-15) beginning Friday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. until approximately 5 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 9.

While the interstate is closed, the ramps from I-435 South to I-70 East and I-435 North to I-70 west will be demolished.

A number of MoDOT crews will also complete other much-needed maintenance work along the several mile stretch, including lighting repairs, median barrier wall repairs, drainage work, and paving operations along I-70. All work is weather permitting.

The road work will have major impacts to traffic including commercial vehicle (and oversize load) traffic.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 5

·     Crews willclose the ramps from I-435 North to I-70 West and I-435 South to I-70 East at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5. They will be demolished. New ramps will open next spring.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 6

·     Crews will begin reducing I-70 to ONE LANE in both directions between I-435 and I-470/Route 291 at approximately 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6. Motorists can expect various lane closures during this time.

·     Crews will begin closing ALL on and off ramps along I-70 between I-435 and Route 291/I-470 around 8 p.m.

·     I-70 will be closed entirely from I-435 to I-470/Route 291 at approximately 9 p.m. on Friday, September 6 until approximately 5 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 9.

·     I-70 East will be reduced to one lane at Manchester Trafficway and traffic that has not already exited I-70 will be detoured off of I-70 at the ramp to I-435 South.

·     I-70 West will be reduced to one lane before the Route 291/I-470 interchange. All traffic that has not already exited I-70 will be routed onto Route 291/I-470 South.

·     Route 291 South just north of I-70 will be reduced to one lane to accommodate merging traffic from I-70 West.

All ramps to and from I-70 between I-435 and I-470/Route 291 will be blocked while I-70 is closed.

This work will have major impacts to traffic. Plan ahead.

Motorists MUST follow the signed detour using I-470 or find an alternate route.





The 86th Texas Legislature passed new laws that impact the movement of oversize/overweight vehicles and loads. These changes are effective Sept. 1, 2019.

Company Name on Permit: The company/individual’s name listed on an oversize/overweight permit must match the name of the company/individual operating the permitted vehicle. It will be a Class C misdemeanor if the two names do not match.

This does not apply to a tow truck that is moving a disabled, abandoned, or accident-damaged vehicle/vehicle combination to the nearest terminal, storage facility, or place of repair. It also does not apply to any active permits issued before Sept. 1, 2019.

Escort Flaggers: New requirements will be in effect for escort flaggers. An escort flagger is anyone who directs or controls the flow of traffic as required by an oversize/overweight permit issued by TxDMV.

Beginning Sept. 1, 2019, escort flaggers must successfully complete a training program in traffic direction. The program must meet the basic peace officer course curriculum requirements for traffic direction that have been established by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). TCOLE will offer training courses for escort flaggers after Sept. 1, 2019. Contact TCOLE for more information, https://www.tcole.texas.gov/.

In addition, escort flag vehicle will be allowed alternating or flashing amber and blue lights beginning on Sept. 1, 2019.

Please Note: training requirements do not apply to escort vehicle operators or flaggers who are not directing traffic.

Annual Timber Permit: An Annual Timber Permit may be used to transport equipment used to load timber on to a vehicle. The size and weight limits of the permit remain the same.

The state of Utah permit office will be closed Wednesday, July 24, 2019 for Pioneer Day.

While the office is closed, there are no oversize or overweight travel restrictions and all ports are open. As a result of the closure, no oversize load permits will be issued on Pioneer Day.

Parades, fireworks, rodeos and other festivities help commemorate the event. Similar to Independence Day, many local and all state-run government offices are closed on Pioneer Day.

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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.

Louisiana state Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Barry draws closer.

The storm will likely bring storm surge, hurricane-force winds and up to 15 inches of rain across Louisiana, and is predicted to make landfall sometime Saturday morning as a Category 1 Hurricane.

Louisiana DOT state permit office as well as other LA state offices will be closed Friday, July 12. It’s possible closures will continue into early next week.

Tropical storm watches are now in effect from the mouth of the Mississippi River to Morgan City, Louisiana. A storm surge watch is also in effect from the mouth of the Pearl River to Morgan City.

The state of emergency will last from July 10 to August 8, unless terminated sooner.

High water notifications are in place for Interstate 70, so truck drivers and dispatchers are urged to stay off roads. The Louisiana Traffic Map, includes closures and restrictions, including any specific to oversize load travel.

The National Weather Service issued a rare flash flood emergency for much of the New Orleans metro area Wednesday morning, July 10. With the widespread flooding, travel is not safe.

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As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! We are working with Arkansas and other states to effectively communicate permit delays and road closures due to the current weather. We keep all of our drivers and dispatchers as up-to-date as possible on all oversize travel closures and restrictions. 

WCS Permit Agents can help you find the best alternative route and obtain your state oversize load permits during this storm.

If you have any questions, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to reach our customer service department. One of our experienced transportation agents can help you with any needs and questions that you may have or direct you to the expert who can.

A rock slide closed I-40 West near North Carolina-Tennessee border earlier today, but one lane has since reopened.

For the second time this year, a landslide has rendered impassable part of Interstate 40 near the Tennessee-North Carolina border.

All lanes of Interstate 40 West were closed at Cold Springs Creek Road in Haywood County, North Carolina, after a rock slide. The North Carolina Department of Transportation said one lane of I-40 West reopened, and was hopeful it the incident would be cleared before midnight.

The closure is about 7 miles east of the Tennessee state line.

“At this time, the road is expected to be closed indefinitely,” NCDOT said in an alert on its website. “Motorists are encouraged to seek an alternate route and avoid the area if possible.”

The landslide follows one in late February, which occurred about a half-mile away and stopped all traffic on I-40 near the state line. The interstate reopened after six days, but traffic was restricted to one lane in each direction for several weeks as crews worked to clear more than 10,000 tons of debris.

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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.

The state of Ohio oversize permit division confirmed the construction in and out of Kentucky on I-275, a 9-mile stretch, has been extended until August 2020, which will also continue to affect oversize load travel.

In addition to significant delays, dimensions and weights that are allowed to travel through the construction include the following parameters:

  • Leaving Ohio into Kentucky: dimension restriction is currently 10′ wide, 75′ long and 120,000 lbs.
  • Coming from KY: no dimension restriction but weight restriction is 120,000 lbs.

The state confirmed, dimensions and weights may change as construction goes on.

The total pavement rehabilitation project, which started today, is a $31.3 million project that will take place in two phases on the three-mile stretch between Dixie Highway and Turfway Road, just east of the Mineola Pike exit. The second phase will continue well into 2020.

Phase one:

The eastbound lanes will be paved in 2019 and construction is expected to continue until November 2019. The following ramps will be impacted:

  • I-275 eastbound to I-75 northbound/southbound
  • I-275 eastbound exit to Dixie Highway
  • I-75 northbound ramp to I-275 eastbound

Phase two:

Westbound I-275 between Dixie Highway and Turfway Road will be paved in 2020. That construction is expected to begin next spring or summer and continue for the remainder of the year. The following ramps will be impacted:

  • I-275 westbound ramp to I-75 southbound
  • I-275 westbound entrance from Dixie Highway
  • I-75 southbound ramp to I-275 westbound
Due to flash flooding, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) announced the full closure of I-29 until further notice.
The full closure of I-29 is in place at:
Between the Iowa border and Exit 56 (US 71 & 59) at St. Joseph.
The duration of this flood event is unknown, but will last through the night.
The Iowa Department of Transportation issued a news release reporting the closure of I-29 in two locations:
Between Exits 61 and 71 (I-680 at Crescent and Loveland)
Between Exit 35 (US 34) and the Missouri border
Those who would normally use I-29 as a through route should instead use:
I-35 N from Kansas City to
I-80 West in Des Moines to
I-29 at Sioux City, South Dakota
OR
US 71 into Iowa
and vice-versa until further notice.
MoDOT says DO NOT follow local traffic past the closure point at US 71 as there are no good alternative trucking routes north of US 71 – especially to points west. Flooding is widespread.
This detour is subject to change with little notice, so please check your route before traveling.
Travelers already on I-29 North
Drivers who join I-29 north of Kansas City can take US 71 North of St. Joseph and connect to I-35 via multiple connecting highways. Refer to the Traveler Information Map for up to date travel information.
Please do not assume that a highway that is clear of flooding in Missouri will be clear in Iowa, Kansas or Nebraska. Check other states’ routes as well as Missouri’s.
Find road conditions information for all of Missouri’s bordering states athttps://www.modot.org/road-conditions-missouris-surrounding-states
Find the locations of Missouri highway closures using the MoDOT Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.

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The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has placed temporary weight limits on three of the four direct connector ramps at the I-45 and I-20 interchanges south of Dallas.

Weight restrictions include the following ramps:

  • I-45 Northbound to I-20 Westbound
  • I-45 Northbound to I-20 Eastbound
  • I-20 Westbound to I-45 Southbound.
Restrictions are expected to be in place until the first or second week of May.

The weight limits in place include 20,000 pounds per axle and 34,000 pounds for tandem axles. There is no gross weight limit posted.

TxDOT is also restricting all permit loads, mobile cranes, concrete trucks, recycle trucks, container trucks, EV class of fire engines and well service trucks from the ramps.

The Dallas County Overweight Enforcement Unit will issue citations and fines to truckers who ignore the weight limits.

Several midwestern state Department of Transportation offices and state troopers are reporting road closures due to blizzard conditions. Winter Storm Wesley Road Closures

Colorado 

I76 is a mess in Colorado as well as 70 from Denver to almost the Kansas line.

Minnesota 

Almost all of southern Minnesota is a No Go as well as most of northern Wisconsin

Nebraska 

Interstate 80 is now CLOSED between Lexington (mm 237) and Wyoming for both directions of travel.

Highway 30 is also closed in that same stretch.

South Dakota

I-90 is closed from Rapid city to Sioux Falls, and -29 is closed from Sioux falls to the north Dakota state line.

Wyoming

I80 is closed from Cheyenne Wyoming to North Platte, NE

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As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! We keep all of our drivers and dispatchers as up-to-date as possible on all oversize travel closures and restrictions.

If you have any questions, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to reach our customer service department. One of our experienced transportation agents can help you with any needs and questions that you may have or direct you to the expert who can.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (DOT) updated its weights/spacing allowance for 8 tire/10′ wide set up.

According to the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA), several industry heavy haul companies have been involved to see this change.

Prior to the update, New Mexico allowed 57,500 with a minimum of an 18′ spacing. The state had requests from various leaders in the heavy haul industry and the 18′ spacing was reduced to 14′. This created larger permit expenses so industry leaders are extremely happy about this change.

According to the SC&RA, the New Mexico DOT reviewed studies on trunnions and determined they have the same effect on infrastructure as a standard triple axle grouping. The state announced the changes at the WASHTO 2019 Spring meeting.

SC&RA and industry leaders are very grateful for this change.

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! We keep all of our drivers and dispatchers as up-to-date as possible on all oversize travel closures and restrictions.

If you have any questions, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to reach our customer service department. One of our experienced transportation agents can help you with any needs and questions that you may have or direct you to the expert who can.