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  • California dam transport could delay traffic

  • Two oversized dam gates for a hydropower dam in California will pass through Oregon today, and are expected to move through the Rogue Valley early Thursday morning, the Oregon Department of Transportation reports.
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  • Two oversized dam gates for a hydropower dam in California will pass through Oregon today, and are expected to move through the Rogue Valley early Thursday morning, the Oregon Department of Transportation reports.
    ODOT reports the loads will travel between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Carrier Gresham Transfer will transport the massive load on interstates 5 and 205 and expects it will need two nights to pass through Oregon.
    The gates are for the Folsom Dam on the American River, northeast of Sacramento, Calif. The truck and trailer hauling the pieces is 137 feet long, nearly 23 feet wide and more than 14 feet high, which means it will take up two freeway lanes. Two pilot vehicles will accompany the transport in the front, with three at the rear. All will have signs and lights alerting other road users.
    Motorists should anticipate delays, officials said.
    The transport will enter Oregon on Interstate 205 over the Glenn Jackson Bridge and hit I-5 south. Per permit specifications, the load must stop by 5 a.m. Wednesday at the Oak Grove rest stop, located at milepost 206 on I-5. It can then resume its route at 10 p.m. Wednesday. It is expected to cross the California border on I-5 before 5 a.m. Thursday.
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