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September 17
“Superload” to be Transported Through South Carolina

An oversize load classified as a “superload” will be transported through South Carolina beginning September 18th and may impact local traffic in the following counties: Jasper, Hampton, Allendale, Barnwell, Aiken, Edgefield, Saluda, Greenwood, Laurens, Greenville, Spartanburg and Cherokee.

The load consists of a power generator and transport rig weighing 1.89 million pounds and will be transported on two multi-wheeled hydraulic trailers at a speed of between 5 mph and 20 mph. The total length of the load is approximately 300 feet.

The move is anticipated to take up to 30 days.

The mover has contacted emergency medical services, school districts, law enforcement and others who may be directly affected by the impact on traffic flow.

 The load will move from the boat ramp located nearby Purrysburg, SC, to the North Carolina state line. Portions of the move will occur at night to avoid traffic.

The transport will go through the following towns and cities: Tillman, Tarboro and Pineland (Jasper County); Furman and Estill (Hampton County); Allendale, Seigling and Ulmer (Allendale County); Barnwell, Elko and Williston (Barnwell County); White Pond, Windsor, Montmorenci and Aiken (Aiken County); Johnston (Edgefield County); Saluda (Saluda County); Greenwood, Hodges and Ware Shoals (Greenwood County); Brewerton and Princeton (Laurens County); Ware Place, Greenville, Travelers Rest and

Gowansville (Greenville County); Campobello, Fingerville and Chesnee (Spartanburg County).

State law authorizes the SC Department of Transportation Oversize/Overweight Permit (OSOW) office, at its discretion, to issue permits for vehicles and loads that exceed legal size and/or weight limits. SCDOT defines “superload” as a load and transport with a combined weight of more than 130,000 pounds.

The superload will have a positive economic impact on the state due to the purchase of fuel, the hiring of engineering consultants, the purchase of hotel rooms and meals, the cartage fees paid to the Port of Charleston and numerous other impacts.

For more information, contact Pete Poore, Director of Communications at SCDOT (803) 737-1270.