Staying Safe Around Oversized Loads on the Interstate

Roane Transportation Oversized Load

Moving prefabricated buildings, ships and boats, roof trusses, generators, and other oversized, overweight, or over-length objects and machines is a job requiring many logistics and analysis to ensure everything goes according to plan. Alternatively, driving near an oversized load on the interstate or highway can be a nerve-racking encounter, with some individuals concerned about safely maneuvering around these enormous loads, while still others might be impatient with getting stuck behind an oversized load. Staying safe around oversized loads is as simple as being cautious, courteous, and considerate.

Transportation Jobs at an All-Time High

As of June 2018, the unemployment rate hit a record low of 4.9%, leaving many to believe that the US economy is on a proverbial heater. While some industries have remained sluggish, the transportation and warehousing sectors have been steadily adding job openings causing a strong demand for new workers. Roughly 1 in 5 jobs in the transportation and warehousing sector are truck driving jobs, however, other jobs such as freight agents, warehouse associates, and logistic analysts are in need of qualified applicants as well. According to the American Trucking Association, the industry is short some 48,000 drivers, but this number could rise to 175,000 over the next six years.

History of Roane Transportation

Roane Transportation was created in 1996 by four operators of a scrap metal processor who were experiencing difficulty accessing enough outsourced trucking to assist their operations.  Operations of the newly created transportation firm started out with two semi-trucks and dump trailers. In the beginning, Roane Transportation only hauled end dump material, but as the market began to change, so did our opportunities.  We continued to respond to new opportunities by adding qualified personnel, additional equipment, and updating our facilities.  As our customer base grew and their need for flatbed and van services did as well, Roane Transportation added flatbed and van equipment to our fleet and services.  By 1999, a fifth partner had been onboarded to oversee and expand Roane Transportation’s operations. Our services continued to expand with each new opportunity.  In 2001, we added Pneumatic Tankers for Dry Bulk commodities, and our fleet size was up to 30 units.  By 2003, we had purchased an 18 acre site in the Roane County Industrial Park with 70,000 square feet of warehousing space and a 10 car NS rail siding to move operations to. Seeing a need for our customers, we added warehousing and transloading to-and-from the railroad.  This opportunity proved challenging, but by the end of 2003 we had become successful in both industries. Now in 2018, we have continued to diversify our fleet and services.  Our fleet is now 100+ units, and we continue to strive for excellent, personal services, at competitive rates with a broad range of customers.  We have been very fortunate for each opportunity that has crossed our past thus far.  Through our most valuable asset, our dedicated workforce, Roane Transportation is a successful transportation, warehousing, and logistics provider. For more information about any of our services, give us a call today at 865-354-3288 or contact us online HERE.