Big load to snarl traffic in East Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The third of eight planned trips conveying huge generator components between Knoxville and Rogersville will slow traffic Thursday.

Weather permitting, the 275-foot-long transporter will move along John Sevier Highway to Strawberry Plains Pike to Highway 11E and U.S. 25E to its first stop in Morristown.

Because the transporter is 22 feet wide, it covers both lanes of traffic. According to The Knoxville News Sentinel, traffic on two-lane roads will be halted. Traffic on four-lane routes will be stalled in one direction behind the convoy as it moves at speeds of 8 to 15 mph.

Thursday night, the convoy is scheduled to leave the Morristown Industrial Park and head toward the Tennessee Valley Authority natural gas-powered plant near Rogersville. The transporter will use Highway 11E, State Route 66 and State Route 70.

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