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Super heavy load passing on Hwy 36, 45 near Viking, Lavoy and Two Hills on Tuesday

A super heavy load will be on the road in eastern Alberta heading to Fort McMurray from Tuesday, Dec. 5 to Friday, Dec. 8.

The route listed will take it east out of Edmonton along Highway 14 passing through Bruce and turning at Viking onto Highway 36. It then heads north crossing Highway 16 east of Lavoy, before it parks at the Two Hills Scale on Tuesday.

The load is described as large industrial equipment that’s 8.7 metres wide, 10.2 metres high, 47 metres long, weighs 483,000 kilograms, and will be carried by a trailer with 352 wheels. It will travel at 60 km/h and use the entire width of the highway, including the shoulder.

On Wednesday, the load which will be accompanied by four pilot vehicles will head east on Highway 45 from Two Hills and then north on Highway 36.

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Route

The load will leave Dacro in south Edmonton using the following route:

Day 1 – Tuesday, Dec. 5 (early morning)

  • Exit from 9325 51 Avenue, Edmonton
  • 51 Avenue eastbound
  • 75 Street southbound
  • Whitemud counterflow eastbound
  • Highway 216 southbound counterflow
  • Highway 14 eastbound (stage at 14/21 until daylight)

Day 1 – Tuesday, Dec. 5 (day move)

  • Highway 14 eastbound
  • Highway 36 northbound
  • Highway 45 eastbound (park at Two Hills Scale)

Day 2 – Wednesday, Dec. 6 (day move)

  • Highway 45 eastbound
  • Highway 36 northbound
  • Highway 29 eastbound
  • Highway 36 northbound
  • Highway 28 westbound
  • Highway 63 northbound (park at Radway Scale)

Day 3 – Thursday, Dec. 7 (day move)

  • Highway 63 northbound
  • Highway 55 eastbound
  • Highway 63 northbound (park at POE staging area)

Day 4 – Friday, Dec. 8 (night move)

  • Highway 63 northbound
  • Utilize ramps in Fort McMurray to avoid overpasses
  • Highway 63 northbound (use Suncor Ramp to miss overpass)

Motorists will experience delays and are asked to watch for the guide vehicles and flag people and be patient while it moves through the area, according to Alberta Transport officials.

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