Duke Energy moves heavy equipment, causing traffic delays for Gaston
Duke Energy will move three 184-ton low-pressure turbines from its Catawba nuclear power plant in York, South Carolina, to Metal Recycling Services in Gastonia, a process that will result in traffic delays on the US 321.
The first turbine will be moved on Sunday June 6 and the next two will be moved on June 13 and 20 respectively.
During these heavy equipment trips, traffic along the route may experience delays. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes on scheduled travel dates. Turbine movement along the route of approximately 17 miles will take about four hours depending on conditions, ”a statement from Duke Energy.
The schedule and duration of the moves may change depending on weather and other conditions.
- Barnhart Crane & Rigging will move the turbines by truck and trailer.
- Motorists should expect the longest delays along Mountain View Road.
- Typically, the roads will be open to oncoming traffic, as the transport will only use one lane of traffic.
- Approach lanes will not be affected except when the roads narrow to two lanes. In these locations, the flaggers will provide a periodic allowance for the passage of line traffic. Overtaking on roads with more than two lanes will be authorized.
- To accommodate turbine movement, traffic lights will be temporarily removed at the intersections of SC 55 and Quinn Road, Clinton Avenue and US 321 in Clover.
- SC State Highway Patrol will escort the transport trucks, which will travel between 20 and 30 mph.
- Updates on the schedule will be provided on Duke Energy’s social media channels (Facebook: @DukeEnergyNuclear; Twitter: @DE_Nuclear).
The route was chosen to avoid main roads and minimize the impact on motorists and residents:
- Concord Road (York)
- Hands Mill Road / SC 274 (York)
- SC 49 (York)
- Mountain View Road (York)
- SC 55 (Clover)
- US 321 (Clover / Gastonie)
You can reach Kevin Ellis at 704-869-1823 or email him at [email protected]