TDOT: I-40 traffic backed up 12+ miles as ‘super loads’ traveled to Greeneville

(Source: TDOT)

UPDATE: A spokesperson for U.S. Nitrogen confirmed to News Channel 11 that the tanks were heading to a business named Praxair, which is located on the same property as U.S. Nitrogen.

We reached out to a Praxair spokesperson for information regarding the tanks, but he declined to release any information.

SEVIER COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – The Tennessee Department of Transportation reported that a couple of ‘super loads”  that were headed east on Interstate-40 backed up traffic for more than 12 miles Thursday afternoon.

TDOT spokesperson Mark Nagi said on Twitter the loads were traveling to Greeneville, but were scheduled to exit at mile marker 412 on Interstate 40.

Video on social media showed the load traveling at a very low speed. TDOT said the loads, two massive and empty tanks, weighed 346,000 pounds a piece.

According to Burkhalter, the company hauling the tanks, the massive tanks got onto I-40 around 11;00 a.m. They were headed to a facility in Midway, TN in Greene County on Potter Town Road.

According to TDOT, the tankers had been traveling at 15 miles per hour.  TDOT said it did not expect the super loads to impact traffic on Interstate 81.


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