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Portion of G36 to close Wednesday for superload

The section of the road will be closed for four to six hours.

WASHINGTON — A superload will be moved in Washington, causing a portion of G36 (22nd Street) to be closed Wednesday, weather permitting.

Beginning midmorning Wednesday, G36 will be closed from Highway 1 and 92 to Orange Avenue for four to six hours, according to the Washington County Engineer’s Office.

Wolfe House Movers, LLC, of Bernville, Pennsylvania will be moving a transformer from Washington to Millersburg. This load is similar to a superload that was moved in April and will be taking the same route. The load will be 18-feet six-inches wide and 180 feet long, weighing almost 750,000 pounds. It will leave Washington on W61 (Riverside Road) north to G36 and continue west on Highway 92.

”The last move of the biggest ever permitted load in the county went well and we expect the same for this move,” said County Engineer Jacob Thorius. “We evaluated the last setup to see if we could adjust anything, but unfortunately we are not able to and will need to close G36 for a portion of the day of the move to assist with modifying the setup of the transport from how it will move down the road and will cross the bridge on G36.”

Through traffic will be closed on G36 once the load begins traveling to allow the moving company to reconfigure their moving equipment to redistribute the load as it crosses the bridge over the South Fork of Long Creek.

“We worked with the contractor to come up with an alternative vehicle configuration that would distribute the weight of the load to minimize the impact of crossing the bridge on G36, but were unable to get the load dispersed anymore,” Thorius said.

During the closure, Highway 92 and 12th street through Washington can be used as a detour.

Questions about the closure can be directed to the County Engineer’s Office at (319) 653-7731.