A big rig is making its way through Northwest Arkansas with parts of the University of Arkansas’ SEFOR reactor causing some traffic delays.
Washington County Sheriff’s Office announced on its Facebook page saying they will be leading and following the charge on the 18 feet wide,158 feet long and nearly 15 feet tall big rig as the convoy heads north towards Missouri.
The convoy took off around 8:30 am from a location near Hogeye according to the Arkansas Department of Transportation.
Danny Straessle, ARDOT spokesperson said the team will head south on highway 265 towards Strickler then take highway 170 north toward I-49 where they will enter interstate 49 at exit 53 in West Fork.
Once on I-49, Straessle says the convoy was supposed to take the off-ramp at Exit 58, which is the Greenland exit. Instead, they went over that overpass.
At exit 83 in Rogers, the convoy pulled over to make adjustments. During the stop, Arkansas Highway Police issued the citation for violation of going off-route.
The convoy has made its way into Missouri, where Missouri Highway Patrol took over.
Straessle says a judge will determine the fine of the violation.
As the convoy makes its way to I-49, Washington County Deputies are making sure traffic headed in the opposite direction of the convoy pulls over. She added the route the team is taking is not heavily traveled.
The 407,000-pound load is as wide as the roadway, according to Kelly Cantrell, Washington County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.
The semi pulling the approximate 203-ton load has 16 axles with an average of 17,000 lbs per axle, according to an ARDOT oversize load permit.
Steve Voorhies, spokesperson for the University of Arkansas said the complete contents of the load cannot be disclosed due to security reasons.
Once the convoy makes it journey north on I-49, Straessle said Arkansas Highway Police will help monitor the situation as the team heads north into Missouri.
According to the oversize load permit, movement of the convoy will me restrict between 9 am – 3 pm while in Arkansas. The big rig must maintain a minimum speed of 40 mph while on the interstate.