Slow moving, 294-ton super load is making its way through PA, route includes Centre County

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A “super load,” weighing in at almost 300 tons, is making its way through Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced.

The 213-foot-long, 294 ton super load began its 400-mile journey from West Milton, New York to Wampum on Wednesday. Its trek includes I-80 west through Clinton County and Centre County and into Clearfield County.

Marla Fannin, press officer for PennDOT’s district 2, said in an email she estimates the super load will make its way into Clinton County overnight Friday into Saturday. PennDOT will issue another travel alert prior to the super load’s arrival into District 2, which includes Centre County.

Most of the super load’s transport will take place during night hours; it’s expected to complete its travel on Jan. 21. A map of its route can be found on PennDOT’s website.

“The superload will move as a rolling slowdown using two traffic lanes which will result in traffic stoppages and travel delays,” a press release from PennDOT stated. It could be impacted or delayed by winter weather. Drivers should remain alert for this slow-moving, two-lane super load, which will travel at the posted speed limit or 30 mph, whichever is lower, the release stated.

The super load’s travel plan involves 16 counties and will feature ramp maneuvers, unusual traffic patterns and slow-moving vehicles, the release states.

The  213-foot-long, 294 ton superload will travel across Pennsylvania, including I-80 west through Clinton County and Centre County, and into Clearfield County. 
The 213-foot-long, 294 ton superload will travel across Pennsylvania, including I-80 west through Clinton County and Centre County, and into Clearfield County.

The super load is transported by Perkins Specialized Transportation Contracting of Becker, Minnesota. According to the Erie Times-News, the super load is transporting an “empty steel tank decommissioned in 1996 at the D1G Prototype reactor plant on the Naval Nuclear Laboratory’s Kenneth A. Kesselring Site in West Milton.”

When a super load carrying a Yankee dryer traveled through Pennsylvania in 2019, it ran into some difficulty negotiating the crossover between the east and westbound lanes at Blazosky Road on U.S. Route 322 on the Port Matilda Mountain. Both lanes had to be shut down for most of that afternoon.

PennDOT’s updates on the super load’s travel can be followed on social media with the #PAsuperload22 hashtag. There is also a Facebook group, “Pennsylvania Superloads.”

The “super load,” a truck hauling a Yankee dryer to First Quality Tissue in Lock Haven, stops along U.S. Route 322 in Bigler on Dec. 13, 2019.
The “super load,” a truck hauling a Yankee dryer to First Quality Tissue in Lock Haven, stops along U.S. Route 322 in Bigler on Dec. 13, 2019.
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