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.

WCS Permits Can Help

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Effective 6 a.m. Monday, March 11, weight restrictions will be imposed and enforced on all Michigan state trunkline highways from Michigan/Indiana and Michigan/Ohio state lines north to and including the following:

  • M-20 from the intersection of US-31 in Oceana County east to US-131 in Mecosta County
  • North on US-131 to M-20
  • East on M-20 to US-127 in Isabella County
  • North on US-127 to M-61 in Clare County
  • East on M-61 to the intersection of US-23 in the city of Standish, Arenac County

Note, state routes typically carry M, I or US designations.

Spring weight restrictions are imposed because roads are softened by trapped moisture beneath the pavement which makes travel dangerous. This moisture also contributes to pothole problems already occurring due to this winter’s numerous freeze-thaw cycles, according to the MDOT’s news release.

On all restricted areas, the following will apply:

  • On routes designated as “All Season Routes” (green or 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 weight 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 loads 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.

 

 

 

Due to Winter weather, including snow and ice, there are 50 weather restrictions in place throughout the state of Pennsylvania, according to PennDOT, and starting at noon, they will enact a ban on Commercial Vehicles with empty trailers and double trailers on several interstates.

PennDOT and PA Turnpike are advising motorists, especially commercial motor vehicles, to take extreme caution throughout the day.

The phased restrictions imposed throughout the storm are outlined below and can be viewed on 511pa.com.

At 6:00 AM Wednesday, a full commercial vehicle ban (including buses) will be in place on I-70 in Fulton County (from the Maryland state line to the Turnpike) and I-99 from I-80 to the Turnpike.

Also at 6:00 AM Wednesday, on I-80 from I-79 to the I-99 interchange and on the Turnpike from New Stanton (exit 75) east to Carlisle (exit 226), the following vehicles will be prohibited:

  • empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks;
  • all Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers);
  • tractors hauling empty trailers;
  • any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs;
  • all motorcycles; and
  • all recreational vehicles and RVs.

At noon on Wednesday, PennDOT and the PA Turnpike will prohibit only empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks; all Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers); tractors hauling empty trailers; any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs; all motorcycles; and all recreational vehicles and RVs on the following roadways:

  • PA Turnpike (I-76, I-276) from I-81 to I-95 (Exit 43);
  • I-76 (Turnpike and non-Turnpike, New Stanton to Philadelphia);
  • I-78 full length from I-81 to the New Jersey state line;
  • I-80 from I-99 to the New Jersey state line;
  • I-81 from the Maryland state line to the New York state line;
  • I-83 from the Maryland state line to I-81;
  • I-84 full length from I-81 to the New York state line;
  • I-176;
  • I-180 full length from Route 220/U.S. 15 to I-80;
  • I-276; PA Turnpike
  • I-283;
  • I-295;
  • I-380 full length from I-81 to I-80;
  • I-476 (non-Turnpike, full length);
  • I-476 (PA Turnpike, Northeast Ext.) from Mid County (exit 20) to Clarks Summit (exit 131);
  • I-676;
  • Route 22 from I-78 to the New Jersey state line; and
  • Route 33 from I-78 to I-80.

A 45-mph speed restriction may be in place on all roadways with vehicle restrictions at least during those timeframes and may be implemented sooner and on non-vehicle-restricted roadways as well.

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.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

A vehicle emergency kit should be prepared or restocked containing items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. Motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families have such as baby supplies, extra medication and pet supplies.

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.

To report an accident or other emergencies on the PA Turnpike, dial *11 on your mobile phone. If there is an accident, move the car out of travel lane and onto shoulder, if possible, and stay in the vehicle. For more information about PA Turnpike conditions follow the conversation by using https://www.paturnpike.com/travel/twitter.aspx. You may also see advisories by clicking on the travel ticker on www.PATurnpike.com.

 

 

PennDOT has put some road restrictions and speed restrictions in place in response to winter weather conditions.

There are full commercial vehicle restrictions in place, as well as empty and double trailer restrictions, in addition to speed restrictions.

PA’s full list of restrictions can be found here.

A 45 mph speed limit has been set for some areas directly affecting by freezing rain and sleet. Speed restrictions can be checked at 511pa.com.

After Monday’s snowfall, Tuesday brought on freezing rain and sleet creating hazardous conditions for vehicles, especially commercial vehicles.

PennDOT started the restrictions Monday night at midnight, with a full commercial ban (including buses) on I-70 in Fulton County from the Maryland line to the turnpike, and on I-99 from I-80 to the Turnpike.

The following were prohibited on the Turnpike (from New Stanton east to Carlisle) beginning at midnight:

  • empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks
  • all large combination vehicles (double trailers)
  • tractors hauling empty trailers
  • any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs
  • all motorcycles
  • all recreations vehicles and RVs

At 6 a.m. today, all commercial vehicles (including buses) were banned on:

  • I-380 from I-81 to I-80
  • I-80 from I-79 to the New Jersey line
  • I-81 from I-78 to the New York line
  • 1-84 from I-81 to New York line
  • I-476 (northeast extension of Pa. Turnpike) from I-78 to Clarks Summit (exit 131)
  • I-80 full length from Route 220/US 15 to I-80

Also at 6 a.m. today, all vehicles were prohibited on the following roadways:

  • PA Turnpike from I-81 to the New Jersey line
  • I-176
  • I-283
  • I-476 (non-turnpike, full length)
  • I-476 (turnpike northeast extension) from Mid-County (exit 20) to Lehigh Valley (exit 56)
  • I-676
  • I-76 (turnpike and non-turnpike from New Stanton to Philadelphia)
  • I-78 full length
  • I-81 from the Maryland line to I-78 split
  • I-83 from the Maryland line to I-81
  • I-95 full length
  • Route 22 from I-78 to the New Jersey line
  • Route 33 from I-78 to I-80