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Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2008

Late night motorists on central Kenai Peninsula roads may experience some delays tonight and Friday night as Homer Electric moves some power lines to make way for oversize Chevron oil platform modules being trucked from Anchorage to the OSK dock in Nikiski.

"We can only travel between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.," said Victor Brooks, heavy haul dispatcher for Carlile in Anchorage.

In a press release, Homer Electric Association said, due to the height of the modules, HEA will need to de-energize certain power lines along the route.

"We'll be leaving Jean Lake (between Cooper Landing and Sterling) at 10 p.m. Thursday and stopping at our Bridge Access (Road) yard Thursday night," Brooks said.

When asked when the cargo is expected at the Carlile yard, he said, "Before 5 a.m.," with a laugh.

On Friday night, the modules will be moved from Kenai to Nikiski.

The Chevron modules measure 16 1/2 feet wide, 45 feet long and 21 feet high when on the truck trailer.

Brooks said two of the modules have already been delivered to the Nikiski dock and two more are coming.

"I can tell you, it took five hours to get them from the Arby's (restaurant) on Bridge Access and Kenai Spur Highway to the old (Spenard Builders Supply) in North Kenai on Monday night ... lifting lines and everything," he said.

HEA said "there may be traffic delays ... and the possibility of short power outages along the route."

Phil Hermanek can be reached at phillip.hermanek@peninsulaclarion.com.



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