A ‘Super Load’ Will Slow Traffic In East Texas Through Tuesday
Eastman Chemical in Longview is taking delivery on an oversized load that will have traffic snarled in parts of East Texas through Tuesday. The 'super load' convoy began its trip in Shreveport over the weekend and after traveling at speeds up to five miles an hour, it finally made its way across the state line and is expected to be in Longview Tuesday afternoon.
The trip involves many agencies so that it makes it to its' destination, including TxDOT, Texas Highway Patrol, local law enforcement agencies, power companies and more. These agencies will be redirecting traffic, power lines and more. The load, that is more than 593,000 pounds, is unique because it involves two specialized trucks for the journey, one will pull the load while the other pushes the load at the same time. The 'super load' is a new tall cold box that will be used at the Eastman Chemical facility in Longview. Eastman Chemical previously received a 'super load' back in the summer of 2015.
Travelers will experience an inconvenience along the route, the same route that the previous 'super load' took. A timeline of when and where the super load is expected to be was published in the Longview News Journal and is below.
Monday, July 18
6:30 a.m. — Convoy resumes from its overnight stop between DeBerry and Carthage.
7 a.m. — Toward Carthage at NE Loop (La Salle).
10:30 a.m. — Turns right onto U.S. 59 toward Marshall.
1:30 p.m. — Turns north on FM 959 near Tatum.
2:30 p.m. — Turns left on Texas 43 toward Tatum.
4 p.m. – Transporter parks in Tatum for the night.
Tuesday, July 19
6:30 a.m. — Convoy resumes, heading north from Tatum.
8:30 a.m. — Passes Knox Lee Power Plant.
11 a.m. — Crosses Sabine River on Texas 149 toward Longview.
2 p.m. — Arrives at Callahan Road/Eastman Chemical entrance.