Slow-moving ‘superload’ to resume travel through western Kentucky Wednesday

Slow-moving ‘superload’ to resume travel through western Kentucky Wednesday
Superload expected to resume travel on Wednesday (Source: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet)

WESTERN KENTUCKY (KFVS) - A slow-moving superload covered about 50 miles in four hours on Friday, February 14.

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, it moved from near the Deanwood community in Crittenden through parts of Caldwell County and Lyon County to stop near the Cerulean community in Trigg County.

The load parked for the night.

According to the hauler, some repairs to the specialized trailer are required before it can continue traveling. It will resume travel sometime Wednesday. The specialized hauler requires regular maintenance to make sure hydraulic controls that steer the rear unit of the trailer are working properly.

The 195-foot long truck with a 19-axle trailer is hauling an over-dimensional 17-feet, 6-inch tall, almost 400,000-pound load from near Cincinnati, Ohio, to Aberdeen, Mississippi. Due to the height of the load, the truck has to move along mostly rural routes to avoid highway overpasses, making it something akin to moving a house.

The hauler, Miller Transportation, submitted a permit request and was approved to travel KY 120 eastward into Marion, then south along U.S. 641 through the Fredonia area of Caldwell County to Eddyville in Lyon County. From Eddyville, the load will move southward on KY 93 to KY 276 East to reach U.S. 68. From there, it will travel westward toward Cadiz to KY 139 to head south into Tennessee.

The multi-axle truck normally moves at about 5 miles per hour.

Due to the 17-foot 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 may have to be lifted to allow it to pass.

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