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Big delivery moves through Lexington

The vessel has reached its destination at the Blue Grass Army Depot.

The transport attracted some Lexington residents to see the vessel pass through.

Frank Hartlep, a Lexington resident says, "I actually wanted to take a picture of the truck. It's just a 200 foot truck, you really want to see. It's got government equipment on it, so that's what interested me a little bit."

5:30pm Update:
A vessel driving from Idaho to Richmond,KY is now on the interstate. The truck arrived in Lexington just before four Monday afternoon.

It got off Bluegrass Parkway and onto Versailles Road. From Versailles Road, the vessel went onto Man o'War, and eventually onto I-75.

Traffic moved very smoothly as the vessel made it's journey through Lexington.
The large truck took up both lanes of Man o'War. Several police officers helped block intersections along the way so that the driver of the vessel did not have to stop.

It took less than an hour for the vessel to travel the length of Man o'War. It moved at about 25 miles per hour.

It arrived in Madison County around 5:30pm

The vessel is part of the facility being built at the Blue Grass Army Depot to neutralize chemical weapons stored there.

It is expected to arrive at the depot around six.
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2:00pm Update:
The convoy will arrive at Man O’ War Boulevard from Versailles Road at about 4:45 p.m. It will reach Exit 108 on I-75 at around 5:30. The convoy will enter Richmond from Interstate Highway 75 at about 6 p.m. and will travel along state Route 876 (Eastern Kentucky University By-Pass). The convoy will then travel along state Route 52 and onto the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant on the Blue Grass Army Depot, arriving at approximately 7 p.m.

Traveling at about 25 mph on that road, it will not stop at traffic lights. It will have a police escort and vehicles will not be allowed to pass, as it requires both lanes.

The vessel is concluding a 1,800-mile journey from southeastern Idaho following a year-long fabrication, rigorous testing and painting effort before shipment to central Kentucky. Since departing Idaho in mid January, the transportation crews and vessel have traveled through Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Tennessee en route to Kentucky.

The vessel, nearly 50-feet tall and weighing nearly 100 tons, is made of high-grade, solid carbon steel measuring 2-inches thick. During plant operations, the vessel will house inert nitrogen gas which will serve an instrumental role at BGCAPP as it will ensure that a combustion-free environment is maintained as the Blue Grass chemical weapons stockpile is safely and efficiently destroyed.

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Police across central Kentucky are preparing for a very wide load set to be delivered to the Blue Grass Army Depot sometime Monday.

A vessel, the size of two basketball courts, is being delivered to the facility in Richmond.

Before that, it's going to go down Versailles Road then onto Man o' War Boulevard in Lexington with a police escort.

An exact time of its arrival hasn't been released.

The vessel is part of the facility being built at the depot to neutralize chemical weapons stored there.


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