HOUSTON (Covering Katy/Covering Fort Bend News) - It may be the most enormous oversized load that you'll ever see on the road, and it's coming through Katy and Fort Bend County this weekend.
The move will happen in the evening and overnight hours over the next four nights. It will cause traffic disruptions, and it starts tonight.
Trucks will travel through Katy, Richmond, New Territory and Sugar Land on Friday night and early Saturday morning.
On Saturday and Sunday crews will roll through Fresno, Arcola, Manvel, Pearland and League City between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Two gigantic boxes will take a circuitous 109 mile route from northwest Houston to Katy, Fort Bend County and then on to the Bayport Cruise terminal in Seabrook, according to KPRC Channel 2.
The boxes will be moved by two different trucks, at the same time. Given how large they are it’s not possible to take the most direct route, and the map looks more like something from a long police chase than a UPS or Amazon delivery route.
The largest of the two boxes is 135 feet long, 27 feet high and 24 feet wide. Enclosed in them are three sections of a drilling ship that will be transported overseas.
Some homes may temporarily lose power during the move because crews have to remove or relocate power lines to accommodate the enormous boxes.
An example of how meandering the rout is, it will travel west on the Katy Freeway and make a U-turn at Pin Oak in Katy, heading back east to Highway 99. The caravan will then head south on Highway 99 to Highway 90 near New Territory.
The complete route is mapped out in the KRPC report.
The first leg of the move begins at 7 p.m. Friday at West Industries on Petropark Drive in Houston, and crews won't stop until they arrive in Sugar Land at about 5 a.m. Saturday.
Trucks will travel through Katy, Richmond, New Territory and Sugar Land on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday the caravan will roll through Fresno, Arcola, Manvel, Pearland and League City between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m.
The final leg begins at 5 p.m. Monday in the Webster area and will end up at the Bayport Cruise Terminal early Tuesday.
The caravan of vehicles needed to complete this project will include 30 state troopers and 20 cherry-picker trucks that will move power lines and temporarily remove road signs to make way for the enormous cargo.