Polk County Enterprise - Local News
Stories Added - June 2008
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600,000-lb. load inches along Washington St.
Polk County Enterprise - June 2008
LIVINGSTON – A super-size piece of oilfi eld equipment shut down all four lanes of U.S. 59 from the north end of Polk County to downtown Livingston and Texas 146 to the southern county line Monday afternoon. “It went through Corrigan just fi ne,” said Corrigan Police Chief Mike Farrar. “They had their power line lifters and TxDOT was staged at the light. I didn’t even have to assist them.” The oversize load attracted more attention when it reached Livingston. “Permits are issued through Austin and they routed it down Business 59,” said Kevin Harbuck, Area Engineer for TxDOT.
As the 22-foot high and 24- foot wide trailer moved through Livingston, utility crews used bucket trucks to clear power lines that crossed the roadway. “Those guys really did a great job of leap-frogging ahead of the load and clearing a path,” said Lt. Matt Parrish, Livingston Police Department spokesman. The 600,000-pound load took about four hours to travel from just south of Diboll to Livingston. The move through Livingston took about two hours. The equipment crossed the county line near Schwab City shortly after 5 p.m. according to law enforcement officials who escorted the load.