Jen Ward 540-387-5238
May 1, 2015
TRAFFIC ALERT: THIRD OVER-SIZED TRACTOR-TRAILER SCHEDULED TO TRAVEL ON ROADS IN PULASKI AND WYTHE COUNTY NEXT WEEKEND
SALEM – An oversized tractor-trailer loaded with power transformers is scheduled to travel between Pulaski and Max Meadows, Friday, May 8 through Tuesday, May 12 between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on weekdays and during daylight hours on the weekend.
The truck will travel at speeds between 1 and 5 mph so it will take multiple days and stops until it reaches its destination. The Virginia Department of Transportation and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has coordinated with the transportation company to develop a route that will minimize the impact to drivers, local businesses and residents.
The truck’s anticipated route and schedule will be as follows:
Friday, May 8
Beginning at the rail station in Pulaski, the haul will travel west onto Dora Highway, turn south onto Pierce Avenue, turn south on Route 11 (Washington Avenue) and head up Draper Mountain to park overnight at the Army National Guard building.
Saturday, May 9
Beginning at the Army National Guard building in Pulaski, the haul will travel south on Route 11 and cross Draper Mountain, turn southwest on Honaker Road from Pulaski County into Wythe County to the I-81 Travel Plaza Truck Stop to park overnight.
Sunday, May 10
Departing from Travel Plaza Truck Stop on Interstate 81, the haul will proceed southwest on Honaker Road to East Lee Highway to arrive at Truck-O-Mat Truck Stop in Max Meadows for parking overnight.
Monday, May 11
The haul will depart from the Truck-O-Mat Truck Stop and head west on East Lee Highway onto a series of secondary roads including Ready Mix Road, Chapman Road, Lots Gap Road, Danner Road, Apache Run, Fort Chiswell Road, Austinville Road and Store Hill Road to arrive at the New River Trail State Park for overnight parking.
Tuesday, May 12
Departing from New River Trail State Park, the haul will proceed to Route 693 (Lead Mine Road), turn onto north Route 52 (Poplar Camp Road), turn east on Route 608 (Foster Falls Road), then east on Route 772 (Electric Road) to a private road arriving at Appalachian Electric Power’s Jackson Ferry Substation.
Each oversized load convoy will include certified pilot cars in the front and rear and Pulaski and Wythe County police will provide escorts. Traffic control and flagging operations will be in place throughout the haul.
Drivers should expect the convoy to stop periodically, and motorists will experience delays in travel time. When traffic congestion is present, an effort will be made to stop the convoy and provide traffic control for both directions of travel when possible.
An additional convoy will be scheduled in the weeks ahead during the Friday to Tuesday time frame.
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