The oversize transporter hauling a 125-ton melter assembly to Hanford should enter Washington on Interstate 82 mid-morning today.
There could be traffic slowdowns as it travels toward the Tri-Cities, turns onto Interstate 182 east of Richland, then travels the bypass highway toward Hanford.
This is the second and final melter assembly of this size coming from Ogden, Utah, where it was manufactured by Petersen Inc., to the vitrification plant at the Hanford nuclear reservation. It will be used to turn radioactive waste at the plant's Low Activity Waste Facility into a stable glass form for disposal.
The melter assembly is carried on a 190-foot heavy-haul transporter with tractors front and back that takes up two lanes, but drivers have been traveling along the side of the road where possible to let traffic pass.
The transporter reached Pendleton on Wednesday. To follow the progress of the transporter, go to hanfordvitplant.com/lawmelterblog/ontheinternet.