Five of the Biggest Things Ever Moved on the Road

August 24, 2018

If you drive on the highway, chances are you’ve seen a truck carrying an oversized load at least once. These loads might be heavy machinery, houses or materials, and are usually led by an escort vehicle that notifies oncoming traffic of the wide or heavy load. This kind of oversized transport is common nationwide.

What is far less common is a truly momentous-sized load being transported on an average interstate. This isn’t to say it hasn’t been done, though. Since roads and heavy-load-bearing vehicles were invented, humans have been transporting oversized loads all over the country.

If you’ve never had the opportunity to see one of these massive transports in person, here are five of the biggest things that have ever been moved on the road to give you an idea of just what can be done with heavy hauling equipment.

#1: The largest load ever moved

The record for the heaviest load ever moved on the road belongs to a Saudi Arabian logistics company, which moved an evaporator for a water desalination unit that weighed over 4,800 tons in 2012.

The evaporator was larger than half a football field and required a tractor-trailer truck with 172 axles to get to its destination.

#2: A transformer that transformed the highway

A power station transformer weighing over 640 tons is the largest item that has ever moved on the road in Britain. To be safely transported, the transformer had to be moved at speeds of 4 miles per hour, which caused a massive backup on the road behind it.

#3: Rocks, art or both?

A 340-ton boulder in Riverside County, CA needed to be moved to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to be used in an art installation called the “Levitating Mass.”

The logistics company used a 176-wheel transporter truck to hold it and drove at a speed of 10 miles per hour, making the trip last a week and a half.

#4: A shuttle needing extra space

The retired space shuttle Endeavour was moved 12 miles to the California Science Center in 2012. The shuttle spanned six lanes of traffic and drew a crowd of thousands to watch it pass.

#5: Hauling is bigger in Texas

In 2010, the Texas Department of Transportation hauled an 850-ton turbine engine over 250 miles at a speed of 10 miles per day. A custom rig was needed to haul the load, and the rig ended up spanning the length of an entire football field.

You may not be hauling a space shuttle or a turbine engine, but if you have oversized equipment or heavy loads you need to transport, rely on the transportation and logistics specialists at Osage Specialized Transport. We are your go-to providers of oversized transport with the ability to haul oversized loads across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Our team works with multiple large carriers and is backed by over 40 years of experience, so you know you’ll be getting the best service possible when you choose us. Call us today for a free quote!

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