Super-wide load to shut down Alberta highways over five nights
By Mariam Ibrahim, Edmonton Journal
A super-wide load being transported to Fort McMurray from Lloydminster will cause several overnight highway closures during a five-day trip beginning Tuesday.
The 362,150-kilogram load is about 11 metres wide and nearly 13 metres high. Because it will take up the entire span of a two-lane highway, including the shoulder, Alberta Transportation has required the temporary closure of highways along the route. The carrier will only travel at night.
Portable electronic sights will be up at intersections and highway access points to warn motorists, the province said in a news release.
Entrec Corporation will begin moving the load Tuesday night at 7 p.m. west along Highway 16 from Lloydminster, arriving at the Two Hills weigh scale on Highway 16 and 36 no later than 6 a.m.
From there, the load will use the following schedule:
- Leaving Two Hills at 10 p.m. Wednesday toward the Radway weight scale, using Highways 36, 29 and 28.
- Leaving Radway Thursday at 10 p.m. toward the Wandering River turnout, using Highways 28 and 63.
- Leaving Wandering River Friday at 10 p.m. toward the Fort McMurray staging area, using Highway 63.
- Leaving the Fort McMurray staging area at 11 p.m. toward the work site near Fort McKay, using Highway 63.
Pilot vehicles and an RCMP escort will accompany the load of 14 vessels for the duration of the five-day trip.
A detailed route plan, including the locations and times of highway closures, is available on the company’s website at entrec.com or the website for the Coalition for a Safer 63/881.
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