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.