Wide Loads to be Moved to Plant

The largest loads yet will begin being moved toward the lignite plant starting Sunday night. It's expected to cause major traffic problems.

The transfer starts on Highway 388 the evening of Oct. 28. It will reach Highway 45 Monday morning, traveling south in the northbound lane.

One structure is 345 feet long and over 30 feet tall. The second super structure is 240 feet long.

"The two nights we go down (Hwy.) 16, from 16 to DeKalb, then from DeKalb on to the plant, it's going to be two pretty jammed up nights," said Heath Hickman, superintendent for Burkhalter Rigging.

The loads will take approximately four days to reach Scooba at the intersection of Highway 45/Highway 16 and two more days once they get there.

Motorists should be aware and expect traffic delays along this route.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation provided specific information about the movement of the loads:

The two loads will be traveling south in the northbound lanes of Highway 45 to Highway 16 at Scooba. The northbound lanes of Highway 45 will be closed in increments up to five miles.

During the closures, all northbound and southbound traffic will be flowing in a head-to-head configuration in the southbound lanes of Highway 45.

One load will be parked in Shuqualak while the other load travels west along State Route 16 to Scooba. The first load will require State Route 16 to be closed to all traffic from Scooba to De Kalb, from 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 31, 2012, until approximately 6:00 a.m., Thursday, November 1, 2012. The first load will be parked off the roadway near De Kalb until 7:00 p.m., November 1, 2012.

State Route 16 from DeKalb to Highway 493 will be closed to all traffic from 7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 1, 2012 until 2:00 a.m., Friday, November 2, 2012. Highway 493 will be closed to all traffic from 2:00 a.m., until 6:00 a.m., Friday, November 2, 2012.

The second load will travel south from Shuqualak, in the northbound lanes of Highway 45 at approximately 11 a.m., Friday, November, 2, 2012 to Scooba. Highway 16 will be closed to all traffic between Scooba and De Kalb from approximately 9:00 p.m., November 2, 2012 until 7:00 a.m., Saturday, November 3, 2012. State Route 16 will be closed to all traffic between De Kalb and Highway 493 from approximately 9:00 p.m., Saturday, November 3, 2012 until approximately 3:00 a.m., Sunday, November 4, 2012. Highway 493 will be closed from 3:00 a.m. until 7:00 a.m., Sunday November 4, 2012.


WTOK-TV 815 23rd Ave Meridian, Ms. 39301 Phone: (601) 693-1441
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 176030791