Superload driver warns I-75 motorists: "We do back up traffic quite a bit"
RINGGOLD, GA (WRCB) -
Georgia state troopers are warning drivers about potential delays as a large semi travels through the region. The "superload" drove through Tennessee overnight Friday and will depart Ringgold, Georgia, Saturday morning.
The superload did not cause major traffic delays in Tennessee because it made the trip overnight, but drivers in Georgia could experience some backups.
"We're taking the whole interstate, and we have all my escorts with me," said Doug Middleton, who is behind the wheel of the superload.
The big rig was parked for the night Friday at the Georgia Welcome Center.
The semi is traveling from Indianapolis to Southeast Florida and carrying a mobile lift platform. At 100 feet long and nearly 25 feet wide, it takes up two lanes of traffic.
Both police and private escorts drive with it down the interstate.
Middleton's brother, Steve, drives the truck in front to look out for potential dangers ahead.
"He's calling out bridges, or if there's a car on the side of the road," Middleton explained.
But some drivers still try to cut out front. It creates a safety hazard for everyone on the road.
"Don't be trying to get in front of me or trying to block my side, because it doesn't work," Middleton warned.
The superload traveled through Tennessee, along I-65 and I-24, overnight. Tennessee Highway Patrol reported no significant traffic delays.
But on Saturday, more motorists are expected to be on the road. Middleton hopes they drive with patience.
"They're not gonna (be able to) pass," he said. "We do back up traffic quite a bit. So just be patient."
The superload will leave the Welcome Center at 7:30 a.m. Those driving I-75S through Georgia should expect traffic delays.
It is expected to reach its final destination in Jupiter, Florida, on Tuesday afternoon.