Industry News

Good Friday/Easter travel restrictions


Good Friday/Easter Travel Restrictions are posted live on WCS’ Permits site for quick reference by oversize load drivers and dispatchers.

For a list of the upcoming holiday’s travel restrictions & DOT office closures by state, CLICK HERE.

Good Friday is Friday, March 29, 2013 and Easter is Sunday, March 31, 2013. Most restrictions affect oversize load travel on Good Friday.





WCS assists with freeway on-ramp accident


The Seventh Street on-ramp to the northbound 605 and 405 freeways is closed after a 207,000-pound shaft fell off a big rig damaging the road, guardrail and bridge.

WCS worked with trucking and crane companies to get the truck and shaft to the side of the bridge so a trailer can safely transport the shaft off. Permits are being secured by WCS to move the load via the new hauler sometime next week.

While WCS has been contracted in the recovery effort, the company was not involved in permitting the load which crashed.

The crash was reported at around 4:40 this morning, and also closed the Studebaker Road and Seventh Street connector to the eastbound 22 freeway.

The bridge will be closed indefinitely.



Over-dimensional travel in NYC is suspended, all travel banned in Mass.


Effective 3 p.m. on Friday, 2/8/13 through Monday, 2/11/13 at 5:30 a.m. over-dimensional (OD) travel in New York City will be suspended due to a major snow storm.

The suspension applies to the five boroughs of NYC. Post-storm OD permits will be issued accordingly.

For more information and updates visit the NYC Department of Transportation’s (DOT).

Massachusets has also banned all oversize travel effective at 4 p.m. 2/8/13.

MLK DOT Office Closures & Travel Restrictions


WCS Permits published DOT offices closures by state and travel restrictions for the upcoming Martin Luther King Day Holiday.

On Monday, January 21, 2013 some offices will close and others will implement travel restrictions during certain times and for certain oversize loads.

Get all the details here. Don’t forget to check holiday restrictions on all state blankets or annual permits.



Christmas & New Year’s Day Holiday Closures


WCS has posted DOT office closure & travel restrictions for the upcoming holidays.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012 (Christmas Day) and Tuesday, January 1, 2013 (New Year’s Day) office closures and restrictions by state are posted live on the site.

Drivers and companies should always check holiday restrictions on all state blankets and annual permits.

Hurricane Sandy affects East Coast trucking


Hurricane Sandy is headed for landfall today on the East Coast.

Over 15 states, including Ohio and New York will have changes to their regular transportation routine today and into the week depending on storm aftermath such as flooding and down trees.

Roads, highways and expressways already have storm-related closures, according to the New York State Department of Transportation, some even manned with police roadblocks.

State’s DOT offices will continue to post and receive updates on storm closures and restrictions. Some DOT offices will publish live storm and closure updates on their website.

WCS is working closely with DOT offices to keep informed of the closures. Follow WCS on Twitter, @wcspermits, for frequent updates.



Computers down at Caltrans Permit Department


The Caltrans office of truck services which issues transportation permits has been down since early last week.

According to Caltrans, a fiber optics line was cut and at this time do not have an estimated time of when the problem will be corrected.

WCS Permits is communicating regularly with the Caltrans office so customer’s permits can continue to be processed as soon as their computers are back up.

In the meantime, expect delays.

For more information, call WCS Permits at (888) 737-6488.

Missouri waives fees to haul oversize loads with hay


The Missouri Department of Transportation agreed to waive fees for oversize loads hauling hay.

Dry weather and feed demands are at the root of the decision by the Missouri DOT to waive oversize load fees through the end of the year.

Until December 31, 2012, there will be no fees for loads overweight or over-dimensional loads hauling hay. Holiday and any other travel restrictions will also be lifted through the end of the year.

Farmers can call WCS Permits to find out if their load meets the criteria to have any fees waived.

No Travel on St. Jean Baptiste Day


The Quebec transportation office will be closed on Monday, 6/25 for St. Jean Baptiste Day. There will be no travel allowed either.

Business and travel will resume Tuesday, 6/26.

Closures in Minnesota due to flooding


Due to record breaking rainfall in the Duluth-Superior area, roadways are seriously damaged in Wisconsin resulting in several closures closures.

The state has closed US-2 and US-53 at the MN/WI Line, as well as Wisconsin Highway 13 in Douglas County.

Wisconsin Highway 105 has been re-opened, but oversize/overweight travel is not advised.

Minnesota and Wisconsin will permit and/or authorize vehicles traveling into the flooded areas to assist in relief and repair.