Spring Into Freight

We here at Stevens West are excited for Spring to finally get here, we have seen an awful lot of snow on our mountain highways , I-70 was closed a lot more this year than in past years for short periods of time due to the amount of snow that fell. The avalanche danger was up and it impacted I-70 by Copper Mountain, and on Vail Pass, and around the town of Frisco Colorado. On the plains of Colorado I-25 , especially up by the Wyoming border, was impacted heavily and I-70 on the Eastern plains close to the Kansas border was closed multiple time due to snow and blowing snow.

We can still receive some substantial snow fall in the month of April so please keep an eye out on CDOT updates, and chain laws are still in effect.

Freight volume has been strong the last four months and we hope it continues so we can provide our partner carriers with partial and full flatbed and step deck loads, to help keep their wheels turning. Our dry van freight has also stayed steady. Please think of us when you are looking for freight to fill your lanes. And let’s Spring into Freight.

Weather update and road closures in the mountains

Good morning fellow travelers and truck drivers, below is a up to date post from the Colorado Dept of Transportation, I wanted to get this out to everyone we know so you can keep an eye on things West of Denver about 60 miles. It’s going to be a mess up there until Thursday night, so make arrangements to avoid sending people up there. Drive safe everyone!!
Emergency Closure
MULTIPLE MOUNTAIN HIGHWAY CLOSURES: I-70 closed both directions over Vail Pass between Vail – Copper Mtn during avalanche cleanup work (All eastbound CMV must stage at Dotsero, Exit 133.) I-70 closed between Copper Mtn – Frisco & Hwy 91 closed from Copper Mtn – Leadville due to safety concerns involving gas leak in Copper Mountain. US 40 Berthoud Pass closed during avalanche mitigation work. US 6 Loveland Pass closed due to adverse conditions.

No estimated reopen time for any highway. Mountain travel in these areas is highly discouraged at this time.
Last Updated: 03/7/2019 6:54 AM
Weather Alert
National Weather Service has issued Winter weather Warnings and Winter weather advisories for most mountain areas today through 5pm Thursday. All mountain areas, including the I-70 Mountain Corridor are expecting heavy snow at times with accumulations 10-24 inches possible. Winds gusting up to 55 MPH. Expect traffic delays, chain and traction laws. Avalanche control work and delays possible at any time on any Colorado mountain roadway without notice.

Introducing Stevens West new team member Reas Madsen

Let’s give our warmest wishes to our new Sales team member Reas. Reas has been in the transportation industry for the majority of his career. Most of his time was spent buying and selling coal, his family also had a business of importing and distributing wine from Argentina, 1 of the first companies in the U.S to do that! He has extensive knowledge of many modes of transportation. We are so lucky to have such a valuable player on our team. If you have any shipping needs or questions don’t hesitate to contact him!
Reas Madsen
303-526-9999
[email protected]

Lane closures through Glenwood Canyon on I-70

Because of a rock slide on the westbound lanes of I-70, C-Dot put out this bulletin. I-70 Westbound 2 miles east of Glenwood Springs (Milemarker 120.4-121.8)
Travelers going through Glenwood Canyon will encounter single lane traffic with speed reduced to 40 mph for rockfall clean up. And Chain laws are in effect through the high country snow to continue falling off and on for the next few days. Drive safe!!

Snow & Bitter Cold Prompt Expansion of HOS Suspension

This article and announcement came from Overdrive Magazine Staff Writer: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has expanded its regional emergency declaration from Jan. 18 to now include 22 states ahead of a winter storm expected to impact much of the Eastern U.S. this week.
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.
Additionally, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a declaration of emergency Monday afternoon in anticipation of the incoming winter storm, prompting an hours suspension throughout the state for truckers providing direct emergency relief to affected areas.
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.
Snow is expected to spread through the Ohio Valley and into the Northeast Monday night and Tuesday, extending as far south as Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. Travel conditions are expected to deteriorate throughout the day Tuesday in the affected areas.
In addition to the precipitation, extreme cold is another concern, according to the Weather Channel. By mid-week, cities in the Midwest, such as Minneapolis, Des Moines, Chicago and Milwaukee, could see lows in the minus teens and minus 20s. Sub-zero lows could also extend through the Ohio Valley and into the Northeast by late-week.

Weather warning on I-70 in Colorado

This alert came in at 10am Mountain Time. Please be careful out there. We are expecting the weather to improve early this afternoon and be nice and sunny through Sunday. Westbound I-70 is currently closed between Limon – Agate due to multiple crashes and conditions. No estimated time for reopening but is expected to be a lengthy closure. Westbound US 40/287 is also closed from Kit Carson to Limon during the I-70 closure. Alternate routes: US 24 or US 36. Winter driving conditions should be expected. Please use caution.

Shipping Cross Border to Canada

Lately we have been getting a lot more requests from our customers to ship from the United States up to the different provinces in Canada. We have shipped many partial and full loads up to Ontario and Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Alberta and lately British Columbia. The majority of our carriers love to go to Ontario, but we have a great group of Canadian carriers that are well versed at going to all provinces, and when they get down here to the states they are looking to fill their trailers up going Northbound. We help facilitate these shipments by coordinating our shippers with a US/Canadian Customs agency that best fits their needs, we oversee that the Commercial Invoice, which is critical on these shipments, is well presented from our customer, and we track the shipments from our customers door to the destination.

Running freight to our wonderful neighbors up North is different than running freight in the lower 48 states, but with our assistance we can make the shipments run as smoothly as possible. Please call us or email us if you have any questions, and we’d be happy to shed some light on your next international shipment.

The Uses of Heavy Haul Trucking

Heavy Haul TruckingYou’ve got a problem figuring out how to ship your unusually large products? Stevens West Inc. has a solution. You can always depend on this reputable and experienced firm’s heavy haul trucking services. They are known for making complex moves safe and simple, especially during passages that require moving over-sized freight. Trust experience when it matters most and choose a business that makes your move both easy and efficient.

In the last three decades the staff at this shipping business has facilitated the moves of countless customers who need heavy haul trucking. Following are only some of the many items they can easily arrange carrying for you:

  • Machines
  • Tanks
  • Extra Long or Wide Loads
  • Steel Beams
  • Over-Sized Freight
  • Manufactured Homes
  • Airline Parts
  • Heavy Metals
  • Boats
  • RVs
  • Mining Equipment

Trust a company with a successful history of meeting the demands of numerous situations that call for hauling the heaviest loads. You can be completely confident about the safety and delivery of your load with a firm that is known for superior customer service. Contact Stevens West Inc. with questions about your needs for heavy haul trucking. Rely on the expertise of a firm that has made safe, on-time deliveries a hallmark of its business practices.

The Benefits of Partial Flatbed Shipping

Partial Flatbed ShippingMaximize the savings on your lighter loads with the partial flatbed shipping services from Stevens West Inc. If you are flexible in your pickup and delivery dates, tagging onto another service is an effective way to save costs.

Flatbed trucks are efficient, easy-to-load, and sure to get your products where they need to be when they are combined with a load going in the direction you need. In addition, trucks with partial loads encounter less stops at terminals so your freight incurs less handling.

Your need for truckload shipping services is met the same way with partial flatbed shipping services as it is with a traditional load. The fee you are quoted is the fee you pay. The cost is figured on the amount of linear feet you need for your freight. There are no unexpected or hidden fees.

With partial flatbed shipping you only pay for what you use. Depend on the company’s record of efficiency without the need for a “freight class” requirement. Your load is tagged on to another one, which lessens the amount of your shipping rate.

Contact Stevens West Inc. to garner the benefits of the company’s flatbed shipping services. Take advantage of the services from an experienced, reputable company.

Eating Healthy on the Road

Trucking Companies in Denver | StevensWest.comAs a truck driver, you know that the road offers many temptations when it comes to food. Here are some of the ways you can eat healthy while on the road:

  • Stop at Large Truck Stops – Whether you are stopping off at the Iowa-80 or are hitting up South of the Border, there are newer, healthier options at these stops. Additionally, these locations give you a chance to stretch your legs and move around a bit.
  • Plan Your Meals – Once you know where you are going, it is a wise plan to find healthier places to stop while you are on the road. Taco Bell and Chick-Fil-A are known for having a plethora of healthy options. Additionally, there are often healthier local establishments that you may not know about ahead of time. Use Yelp and other apps to learn about the local cuisine.
  • Make Meals Ahead of Time – Just because you are on the road, it does not mean that you can’t enjoy a good meal from home! Start making meals for your trip ahead of time and bring only the healthiest options with you.

As one of the top trucking companies in Denver – and the country – we are dedicated to making sure that our drivers are prepared and able to work efficiently. Our business offers local and national delivery services, as well as trucking to Canada and Mexico.