GEARY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Commuters in Clay, Riley and Geary County might have seen a rather unusual sight on the road Tuesday as a “super load” made its way through the area, en route from Nebraska to Coffeyville, Kansas.
Burkhalter Rigging out of Columbus, Mississippi is transporting the 260,000 lb. abatement tower from a closed fertilizer plant in Beatrice, Nebraska to an operating fertilizer plant in Coffeyville, Kansas. It is 167 feet long and 13 feet in diameter.
The 500 mile trip has been routed by the Kansas Department of Transportation. A photo posted on Facebook captured the tower traveling through Manhattan, dwarfing an entire intersection.
WIBW spotted the tower at a rest stop along I-70 in Geary County Tuesday night.
Drivers are being asked to avoid K-177 Wednesday morning starting at 8 AM from I-70 in Geary County (at Exit 313 for Manhattan/Council Grove) to Highway 50 in Strong City, Kansas. John White with Burkhalter Rigging expects the roughly 50 mile trip to take five hours and says the tower and accompanying equipment will take up both sides of the narrow roadway where K-177 becomes two lanes.