850,000 pound, 300-foot rig carrying turbine comes through county

An 850,000-pound, 300-foot rig with a turbine headed for a nuclear plant in Hartsville, S.C., travelled through Columbus County Tuesday. The most difficult part of the trip was around the historic Columbus County Courthouse, where workers had to remove signs and raise power and telephone lines to get the 30-foot high truck through.

Posted by City of Whiteville Fire Department on Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The northern parking lots were closed. The convoy of the rig, power trucks, state troopers and escort vehicles had to travel along two-lane roads because bridges on U.S. 74-76 and other major highways are too low. The trip will take about three days. The turbine came via ship from Germany to the state port in Wilmington. Another one will come through the county next Monday or Tuesday.

Turbine comes through Whiteville

If you had trouble maneuvering through town this morning, this is why! An 850,000 lb. turbine and truck came through Whiteville around the courthouse on its way to Hartsville, S.C. Check out the massive turbine in the video below.

Posted by The News Reporter on Tuesday, May 1, 2018

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