Super-heavy rig nears destination in Washington

| 4/13/2007

That super-heavy truck that’s hauling a bridge expansion joint across Washington state could reach its destination early Saturday morning.

The 200-foot long, 375,000-pound rig made it over Snoqualmie Pass on Thursday without any problems according to state Department of Transportation officials. As of Friday, April 13, it was parked at Federal Way – just north of Tacoma – because it can only move at night in urban areas.

And DOT spokeswoman Kelly Stowe told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio it will get back on the road tonight. It has only about 30 miles to go to deliver its load.

The 100-ton steel and neoprene expansion joint is one of two such joints that are being installed on the new span of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

A number of Land Line readers and “Land Line Now” listeners have e-mailed and called saying they’d like to see pictures of the big rig.

If you’re one of them, click here to see what the 80-wheel trailer and its two tractors look like.

– By Reed Black, staff writer