Heaviest load ever seen on Alberta highway making its way across province

Jan 7 2019, 9:50 pm

Look out Alberta, because a historic load is coming through.

Commuters in the Edmonton area should keep their eyes peeled over the next few days for a look at the heaviest load ever transported on Alberta’s highways.

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The 820-tonne, 96-metre long payload started travelling from the Dacro Industries yard in the early hours of Sunday, January 6, and will be hitting the road in increments until its expected arrival on January 9.

The load is a piece of petrochemical development equipment called a splitter that will be 179 metres long at its largest configuration when atop vehicles and will take up the entire width of a two-lane highway (that’s including the shoulder!).

The convoy will understandably traveling below the speed limit, and will be pulling over periodically to allow drivers stuck behind the moving roadblock to pass.

If you’re hoping to avoid the potential traffic, take a look at the planned route and itinerary of the humongous hunk of metal:

  • Departure 9 pm, January 5
  • Exit Dacro Industries yard, west of 93 Street to 51 Avenue
  • East on 51 Avenue to Roper Road, continuing east to 75 Street
  • South on 75 Street to 51 Avenue
  • East on 51 Avenue to 50 Street at Whitemud Drive, westbound off ramp
  • Whitemud Drive east to Anthony Henday Drive southbound
  • Southbound on Anthony Henday Drive to Highway 14
  • East on Highway 14 to staging area on the east side of Highway 21 and the south side of Highway 1
  • Arrival 8:30 am January 7
  • Departure 8:30 am January 8
  • East on Highway 14 to Range Road 190
  • North on Range Road 190 to Township Road 510
  • East on Township Road 510 to Highway 834
  • North on Highway 834 to Highway 15
  • West on Highway 15 to Lamont
  • Arrival 4 pm January 8
  • Departure 8:30 am January 9
  • Continue west on Highway 15 to Range Road 220
  • Head north on Range Road 220 to site, north of Fort Saskatchewan
  • Arrival noon January 9
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The petrochemical splitter (Brian Mason/Twitter)

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