By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Needles, California: A large pressure vessel hauled through the community without any issues late night on Monday, February 3rd, 2020 despite a late change to the route.
The large pressure vessel that came from Pressure Vessel Technologies in Paramount, California was in route to the Barnard Job Site near Boulder City, Nevada along an approximately 490 route miles which includes Needles, California, put together by Kyle Simmons, Project Engineer at Barnard Inc. and Eric Peterson, Heavy Haul Manager at Barnhart Crane and Rigging.
Information on the route that the large pressure vessel was to move along was released to utilities, cable, internet and public works in cities along the route; the community of Needles, California was along the route and included in the route several local residential streets including San Clemente Street, Lillyhill Drive and Bailey Avenue.
Just before 11:00 p.m. PT tonight, cable and internet crews as well as utilities and public works crews from the City of Needles were preparing for the large pressure vessel to go along the stated route they all were informed the hauling crew was going to followed.
But just a few minutes after 11:00 p.m. PT, updated information came to everybody waiting along U.S. Route 95 before San Clemente Street that the route was changed to move into Downtown Needles, California, and crews had to go inspect all of the their lines crossing the roadway and raise any low lines as well as traffic signal lights up for the large pressure vessel to pass underneath.
ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary Lopez also got the change in route well setting up where all of the cable and internet crews as well as utilities and public works crews from the City of Needles where awaiting, and began broadcasting live the race to get ready for the arrival of the large pressure vessel along a new route; which was the original route before the route was changed to residential street route.
ZachNews has learned that the route was changed because residential streets wouldn’t been able to handle the heavy load of the large pressure vessel, and may have been changes days before arrival but that route change didn’t get to everybody getting prepared to raise utility lines, traffic signal lights and close streets in Needles, California until after 11:00 p.m. PT that night and the large pressure vessel was just miles away along westbound Interstate 40 before East Broadway.
ZachNews has also learned that the trailer that was hauling the large pressure vessel was shortened to be able to make the tight turns that they were worried the large pressure vessel wasn’t going to make, including the turn at West Broadway and J Street.
Despite the change to the large pressure vessel hauling route, all of the cable and internet crews including Golden Valley Cable and Communications Inc. and Frontier Communications as well as utilities and public works crews from the City of Needles, and law enforcement agencies including the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station and the California Highway Patrol all got the work done, and the large pressure vessel hauled the way through Downtown Needles, California without hitting or clipping any internet, cable or utilities lines.
The large pressure vessel traveled north along East Broadway then west along West Broadway to J Street where the tight left turn was slow and steady, passing close underneath the traffic signal lights and made the tight right turn onto the on-ramp to westbound Interstate 40.
A few people from the community braved the cold weather conditions to watch the large pressure vessel travel through Downtown Needles, California.
The large pressure vessel traveled west along westbound Interstate 40 to before Needles Highway where the California Highway Patrol stopped eastbound traffic so the large pressure vessel can cross over eastbound lanes to exit onto Needles Highway.
Plans were for the large pressure vessel was going to stop and park in the dirt lot near the Murl Shaver Electric Substation for a while until permission is granted to continue along the new asphalt north on Needles Highway, but the large pressure vessel was able to continue along the new asphalt north along Needles Highway to National Trails Highway (Route 66).
The large pressure vessel traveled west along National Trails Highway (Route 66) to Park Road then back onto Needles Highway where everybody said goodbye to the large pressure vessel heading north along Needles Highway in route to Laughlin, Nevada.
The large pressure vessel will continue north along Needles Highway to Nevada State Route 163 in Laughlin, Nevada, head west along Nevada State Route 163 to U.S. Route 95, head north along U.S. Route 95 to Business U.S. Route 93, and head east along Business U.S. Route 93, eventually arriving at the delivery location at 244 Lakeshore Road in Boulder City, Nevada.
Great work to all of the hard working people who got the work done fast and safely so that the large pressure vessel can get through our community without any problems.