Story Update - Nuclear Steam Generator Travels Through Uintah Basin and Over Indian Canyon
By Kristin Forbis, Dec 2, 2019
An extra oversized load successfully traveled through the Uintah Basin over the weekend escorted by local law enforcement. The load, a nuclear steam generator with a transport size of approximately 23 feet wide and 400 feet long, spent the Thanksgiving holiday in Dinosaur, Colorado as its travel was restricted on the 27th and 28th. On Friday morning, the impressive caravan and massive load attracted attention as it passed through Vernal on Highway 40. Taking their cues from the weather, the load made its way to just east of Duchesne where it stopped and stayed through Saturday. It traveled south over Indian Canyon on Sunday and was reported in Helper by evening. Its journey will continue this week into Utah County and then north to its destination west of Salt Lake County. The transport’s route takes into account restrictions such as power lines, bridge heights and weight restrictions. In this case, I-80 through Parley’s Canyon was not an option as it has restrictions on large loads such as this. This transport is approximately ¾ of a million pounds pulled by a semi with 4 large trucks pushing from behind like a locomotive.