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Alberta’s heaviest load makes history on province’s highways

JOC News Service
Alberta’s heaviest load makes history on province’s highways
GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA — The largest petrochemical development equipment load ever to travel Alberta’s highways is currently on its way to Fort Saskatchewan. Pictured from left are Shaun O’Hagan, the offsite logistics co-ordinator for Inter Pipeline; Paul Binassi, the general manager of petrochemical projects for Inter Pipeline; Bill Schneider, the director of construction for Inter Pipeline; B.C. Transportation Minister Brian Mason; Brian Purnell, the director of business development for Dacro Industries; and Craig Middleton, the project manager for Mammoet. They are all standing in front of one portion of the load.

EDMONTON — A huge piece of petrochemical development equipment is the heaviest load to travel Alberta’s highways.

The 820-tonne, 96-metre-long piece of equipment, called a splitter, is heavier than the largest Caterpillar mining truck and is making its way from Edmonton to the Industrial Heartland over four days. Its journey began Jan. 6 and is slated to end Jan. 9.

After leaving Edmonton on Jan. 6 at 9 p.m., the load travelled via Anthony Henday Drive and will proceed to Highway 14, then proceed to Highway 14, Range Road 190 and onward to Township Road 510. From there, the load will go to Highway 834 to Highway 15, then Range Road 220 before arriving at the site north of Fort Saskatchewan.

At its largest configuration, including all vehicles, the size of the load will be 179 metres long, 9.5 metres wide and 13 metres high.

The load will be moving below the posted speed limit and may pull over periodically. It may move against the flow of traffic at some points as well as use the entire-width of a two-lane highway including the shoulder.

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