Superload expected to resume travel today

DARYL K. TABOR / Times Leader

With a little help from a utility crew, a 200-foot superload passes under an Eddyville stoplight Friday afternoon from U.S. 62 onto Ky. 93 en route to Cadiz. The freight carried by an articulating trailer created a stir in several western Kentucky counties last week as it traveled at top speeds of about 10 mph.

A slow-moving superload that covered about 50 miles through Caldwell and parts of three other counties Friday remained parked over the weekend at the Seven Springs Farms headquarters along Ky. 276/Blackhawk Road in Trigg County. However, at press time, the crew anticipated resuming travel sometime today.

The 195-foot long truck with a 19-axle trailer is escorted by about a dozen support vehicles. It is hauling an over-dimensional, almost 200-ton load from near Cincinnati, Ohio, to Aberdeen, Mississippi. Due to the 17-foot, 6-inch height of the load, the truck has to move along mostly rural routes to avoid highway and interstate overpasses that normally have a 15-foot, 6-inch clearance.

The hauler, Miller Transfer & Rigging, says the specialized hauler requires regular maintenance to assure hydraulic controls that steer the rear unit of the trailer are working properly. The support crew also required time to fully scope out potential navigation issues the superload will encounter on the planned route ahead, making it likely the load would not be back on the road until sometime today.

The multi-axle truck normally averages about 5-10 mph on the road. Due to the width and height of the load, the effort required by support crews to help the superload maneuver creates significant traffic delays, particularly going through cities where utility lines and traffic signals may have to be raised to allow it to pass. Motorists who encounter the load on the road are advised to use caution and follow directions of the escort crew and police.

The specialized hauler took about four hours to move 50 miles with the oversized chemical storage tank on Friday. It created few to no problems in Caldwell County as it passed along U.S. 641 out of Crittenden County en route to Eddyville.

The load has a permit to move from Seven Springs Farms southward along Ky. 276 near the Wallonia community to U.S. 68, then travel west on U.S. 68 to Cadiz where it will take Ky. 139/South Road into Tennessee.

The crew has been on the road for more than two weeks. They expect to take another week or more on the road to reach their destination in Mississippi.