3:04 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

"Superload" Moves Through Western Ky.

Credit Keith Todd, KYTC

This morning several agencies worked to assist an oversized load heading through western Kentucky as it maneuvered around a work zone near Calvert City.

The superload - a large boiler weighing in at over 400,000 pounds on a 24-feet wide trailer - was heading eastbound on I-24 when the hauler realized there would be a problem crossing the I-24 Tennessee River Bridge connecting Calvert City with Grand Rivers. According to a release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the truck could fit through the work zone, but road work to replace joints on the bridge created a problem for the trailer's tires.

After consulting with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet engineers, Kentucky State Police, and KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement plans were worked out to close a 13-mile section of I-24 for about an hour and allow the truck to cross over to the westbound lanes where it traveled eastbound for 3 miles.

As it continued on eastward along I-24, the superload and escort caravan backed up traffic.  The truck had to slow to a crawl when it crossed bridges or went under an overpass.

The 18-axle truck exited off I-24 at Cadiz to take US 68 East around Hopkinsville and on toward Bowling Green.  According to Diamond Heavy Haul, Inc., from Bowling Green the superload was heading north on I-65 to Elizabethtown where it planned to head east on the Bluegrass Parkway, then turn north on US 127 to Frankfort.  From there, it plans to follow I-64 East to I-75 North to head on to the final destination in Ohio.