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‘Super load’ move to require temporary route closures

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 18, 2012) – Movement of an overweight/overdimensional “super load” of equipment from a dock in Louisville to a plant outside Harrodsburg will require temporary closure of some traffic routes, beginning Tuesday night, June 19.

Most of the move will occur at night, under Kentucky State Police escort, to minimize disruption of traffic.

The load, a 275,500-pound industrial dryer, is being transported on a 16-axle trailer. It is to leave the Buddeke Dock on the Ohio River in Louisville at 9 p.m. Tuesday. It is expected to reach the Wausau Paper plant, north of Harrodsburg, in the early hours of Thursday, June 21.

Wausau Paper has contracted with Edwards Moving and Rigging of Shelbyville to execute the move. Edwards Moving worked with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Division of Motor Carriers, Louisville Metro Government and the Louisville Water Co. to plot a route.

After leaving Louisville, the load and its convoy will pass through Simpsonville, Shelbyville, Frankfort and Lawrenceburg en route to Harrodsburg.

On Wednesday, the load is expected to reach Shelbyville by 5 a.m. EDT and will be parked under sheriff’s guard on the KY 55 Shelbyville Bypass. The move will resume at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

When the transport trailer is included, the load is 20 feet, 5 inches high. Along the route, various work crews will raise utility lines to create necessary clearance. Some bottom panels of overhead highway signs also will be removed and will be replaced when the load has passed. Steel plating will be laid on Zorn Avenue to protect underground water mains.

The route permitted by the KYTC is as follows:
Jefferson County portion
From Buddeke Dock, north on River Road.
Right on Mockingbird Lane.
Right on Mellwood Avenue.
Left on Zorn Avenue.
Left on Brownsboro Road (U.S. 42).
Right onto the Gene Snyder Freeway (KY 841/Interstate 265). Will travel south in northbound lanes.
Left onto U.S. 60 east.

Shelby, Franklin, Anderson, Mercer
U.S. 60 east, through Simpsonville, to Shelbyville.
Left onto Shelbyville Bypass – KY 55. (Park on bypass at Burks Branch Road.)
Left onto U.S. 60 east, to Frankfort.
Right onto U.S. 127 south, through Lawrenceburg to Harrodsburg.
Right onto KY 390. End at 1150 Industry Road.