Update: Super Load to Move Through Philipsburg Area Saturday

(Photo by GANT News Editor Jessica Shirey)

PHILIPSBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is reminding motorists to be alert for traffic impacts as the Yankee Dryer super load approaches Philipsburg.

Currently, PennDOT anticipates the super load will move through the Philipsburg area the morning of Saturday, Dec.14. Beginning at 7 a.m., the load will continue along U.S. Route 322 eastbound from the Bigler intersection. It is expected to reach Philipsburg between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Drivers will need to remain alert for the slow-moving operation, which will travel at speeds slower than 15 miles-per-hour. Drivers in the Philipsburg area are encouraged to use alternate routes.

After leaving Philipsburg, the dryer will continue along Route 322 east, exiting at Port Matilda to follow Route 3040/Alternate Route 220.

Currently, PennDOT expects the super load to move onto Interstate 80 at the Milesburg interchange on Sunday, Dec. 15.

The super load left the Port of Erie Thursday, Dec. 5, and has traversed portions of Erie, Crawford, Venango, Clarion, Forest, Elk and Clearfield counties. The dryer is expected to arrive in Lock Haven early next week.

A complete list of the planned route from Erie to Lock Haven can be found at www.penndot.gov/district2.

Flaggers will be positioned at specific locations and intersections along the super load route to assist with traffic control during counterflow movements.

Motorists can check conditions and travel delays on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day. 511PA provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 950 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA Web site.

Subscribe to PennDOT news in Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin and Potter counties at www.penndot.gov/District2.

You can follow the super load’s progress on Twitter at www.twitter.com\511PAStateCOLL.

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