COPY-Load of Alabama-made steel to slow traffic on Interstate 85

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Motorists on Interstate 85 can expect slow going today thanks to an extra-wide load of Alabama-made fabricated steel heading north and taking up two lanes.

The load is 18 feet wide and weighs almost 39-thousand pounds. The steel will be assembled to become the cab of an air traffic control tower in Maryland where new presidential helicopters will be tested.Two state troopers and two private drivers will escort the truck as it heads northeast. If the truck stays on schedule, it will pass through the Charlotte, North Carolina, area before 11 a-m.A permit issued by the state to Atchley Steel of Salem, Alabama, says the load must not be on the freeway in Charlotte and other large North Carolina cities during rush hour. The octagonal room was assembled at Atchley last week and then taken apart for the trip to Maryland.The truck's wide load will prevent I-85 traffic from passing where the northbound freeway is only two lanes wide.___Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotte.com___Information from: The Charlotte Observer,

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