Traffic Likely Affected When Mega Load Travels I-20 and GA 61 Thursday

A mega load is scheduled to begin a trip from the Alabama State line to Plant Bowen in Euharlee, Georgia at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2016.

The 216-foot long, 22-foot-3-inch wide and 15-foot-10-inch tall rig mega load will enter Georgia from Alabama on Interstate 20 East and stop at the Welcome Center in Tallapoosa where the Georgia State Patrol will inspect it. The 527,000 pound boiler load will resume its trip around 8:00 p.m. on Thursday night on I-20 East, to GA 61 North, onto GA 101/113 North.  The supersized load will then travel on US 278 to State Route 113 North, Covered Bridge Road to its final destination at the Plant Bowen on Old Stilesboro Road in Euharlee, just outside of Cartersville, GA.

Two Georgia State Patrol officers with blue lights and marked cars will accompany the load to pace traffic when so warranted by the traffic control movement plan. Night traffic on Thursday

night in this part of the Northwest Georgia region will be impacted, slowed or even stopped at some points due to the excessive size of this extremely oversized load. Normal travel speed is

45 mph but it slows to 5 mph when crossing certain bridge structures. Narrow bridge locations will require escorts to restrict the passing of other vehicles, while the permit vehicle is crossing.