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Supercharged lumber across Pennsylvania, two strips two whale wide and as large

It’s called overload, and for good reason: the road hippo is longer than five fire engines and weighs the same as two blue whales.

This week and next week, a giant tractor-trailer carrying a tank from a decommissioned nuclear test site will drive through Pennsylvania on a 400-mile route that will test the skills of even the most seasoned trucker.

The two-lane metal leviathan measures 213 feet edge-to-edge and weighs 294 tons.

As it moves through the state on an expected nine-day journey, the rig, with multiple platforms and escort vehicles, is to traverse 16 counties, overcoming ramps, country roads, two-lane highways, unusual traffic patterns and potential snowstorms. …

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, a truck can only travel at a set speed limit or at 30 mph, whichever is less.

Unsurprisingly, drivers should expect delays if they find themselves caught in overload, although they are expected to travel mostly at night to reduce bottlenecks, the department said.

Lew Grill, a truck driving expert and instructor from Montana with 54 years of road experience, said he deeply respects any truck driver who can haul a 294-ton load.

He said that the weight limit for a medium-sized tractor unit with a trailer is 40 tons, which is very easy by comparison.

“It’s phenomenal,” said Mr Grill. “If this guy handles it professionally, he should get praise. We must bow to him. There are not so many such drivers. “

Mr Grill said the driver will have to react to unforeseen problems, such as vehicles pulled over to the side of the road.

The escort drivers are “just extra eyes and ears for the ship’s captain,” he said. Ultimately, the truck driver is responsible for ensuring that the overload reaches its destination safe and sound, he said.

While the tank is empty, it is radioactive due to its proximity to the prototype D1G reactor, which was used at the Kenneth A. Kesselring Proving Ground in West Milton, New York, near Saratoga Springs, to train naval sailors in propulsion. as part of the atomic fleet of the Russian Navy.

According to the Marine Nuclear Laboratory, the prototype reactor was decommissioned in 1996 and the fuel removed from the reactor in 1997. The tank, which was part of the system used to support the prototype reactor, is free of residual fuel, said Saralinn DelRaso, a spokesman for the lab.

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She said a person who was close to the outside of the tank for one hour would receive less radiation exposure than a passenger would receive on a flight from New York to Seattle.

Ms DelRaso said the company that transported the tank planned that the truck would be escorted by three escorts and three state police vehicles.

Because the trailer is wide, she said, drivers cannot drive on the two-lane roads until the truck stops and the escorts let the vehicle pass.

The shipment required multiple permits, each of which included prior notification of the operation, as well as approval of the proposed route and timing, Ms DelRaso said.

The truck left the Kesselring site near Saratoga Springs, New York on January 5 and crossed northeastern Pennsylvania on Wednesday night, she said.

He was expected to arrive in Wampum, Pennsylvania, about 41 miles north of Pittsburgh on January 21. Then the tank will be disassembled, part of it will be reworked, and the rest will be thrown away.

A winter storm predicted to hit the northeast over the weekend could complicate travel. The National Meteorological Service has warned of dangerous road conditions. early estimates four inches of snow or more in parts of Pennsylvania.

Perkins Specialized Transportation Contracting, the Becker, Minnesota-based logistics company that transported the tank, declined to comment on the commitment Thursday.

But that’s not the biggest job the company has done.

In the summer of 2018, the company transported seven engines, each weighing 318 tonnes, along a 61-mile route from a port in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, according to the company’s website. The shipment took over a year and a half to plan and three and a half weeks to complete and required a route survey, feasibility studies and external support teams.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation encouraged people to track congestion on social media using the hashtag # PAsuperload22.

“It will be a team effort involving soldiers from at least six different locations at varying intervals,” said State Police spokesman Lt. Adam Reed. “Safety and security will be our top priorities and we ask for patience to make sure he gets to his destination safely.”

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