PennDOT: Slow-Moving Superload Making its Way Across Pa.


Dunmore, PA – PennDOT is advising motorists that a superload being transported from West Milton, New York to Wampum, Pennsylvania began a more than 400-mile journey across the state on Jan. 12.

The superload is 213 feet long and weighs 294 tons.

The superload will move as a rolling slowdown using two traffic lanes which will result in traffic stoppages and travel delays. The majority of the transport, currently scheduled to be completed on Jan. 21, will take place during nighttime hours. Movement could be impacted or delayed by winter weather. Perkins Specialized Transportation Contracting of Becker, Minnesota will transport the load.

According to reports, the superload is an empty steel tank decommissioned from the Naval Nuclear Laboratory’s Kenneth A. Kesselring Site in West Milton.

The superload travel plan involves 16 counties and will feature ramp maneuvers, unusual traffic patterns, and slow-moving vehicles. Drivers will need to remain alert for this slow-moving, two-lane operation, which will travel at the posted speed limit or 30 mph—whichever is lower.

The travel plan will bring the superload into Elk County on Route 219 North where it will head to Bootjack Truck Lane (Route 219) in Ridgway. From there it will go to Route 120 West before getting back on to Route 219 North.

Then it will turn on to Route 948 North and take that to Route 66 South through Forest County into Clarion County.

The superload will use Route 322 West in Clarion County and turn on to Route 62 South in Venango County and through to Mercer County.

Updates on the superload’s travel can be followed on social media with the #PAsuperload22 hashtag.