A transformer and vehicle weighing more than 450-thousand pounds and moving at about five miles an hour in some places, will be coming through Jacksonville Saturday. Traffic may be affected as the 20-foot-wide, 166-foot-long assembly moves from Kinston, through Jacksonville and to the Piney Green area.
State Troopers will escort the assembly from start to finish, and Jacksonville Police will assist in the City as needed.
The caravan of troopers and the fourteen axle assembly are required to go no faster than 5 miles an hour over certain bridges and is likely to move at about 15 miles an hour over other parts of the route. It is expected the caravan will arrive in Jacksonville about noon, dependent on circumstances on the other parts of the route.
The caravan will enter Jacksonville on Richlands Hwy (US 258) and will travel eastbound along Marine Boulevard, over the Phillips Bridge and along Marine to turn right onto Bell Fork Road. From Bell Fork the caravan will turn left onto Country Club Road, under the by-pass and across Western exiting the City at Country Club Road and Piney Green Road.
The caravan turns right onto Piney Green Road before reaching the delivery site off Rocky Run Rd.
The City will monitor the progress by use of the Intelligent Transportation System that has a network of Traffic Signals, sensors and live cameras. The City’s Traffic Engineer will provide assistance where necessary as will the City’s traffic signal staff.