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Large delivery at Holston Army Ammunition Plant to impact Monday morning commute

STAFF REPORT • Apr 4, 2020 at 7:15 PM

KINGSPORT — The Holston Army Ammunition Plant and BAE Systems are taking delivery of the third of four large industrial boilers Monday, which will affect traffic near the Hawkins County plant.

The arrival of the oversized pieces of equipment will result in temporary road closures and traffic congestion during the morning commute hours along eastbound Highway 11-W in the Mount Carmel and Kingsport areas.

BAE Systems is providing this information to the public so motorists who use this route during the scheduled timeframes can plan accordingly or map out alternate routes to minimize any inconvenience. 

The boiler’s estimated time of arrival is between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.

The fourth and final shipment is scheduled to arrive Monday, April 20.

The boiler will be delivered on a 230-foot-long, 20-foot-wide dual-haul transport truck. 

Mike McCarthy, who is communications manager at BAE Systems, noted that BAE Systems and the Army customer are dedicated to doing everything possible to limit the disruption caused by these deliveries, which are part of a critical modernization construction project underway at the ammunition plant.

“The four boilers are central to a new gas-fired steam facility that will replace the existing coal-fired power supply,” McCarthy said. “This modernization effort is one of many the Army and BAE Systems are undertaking that will reduce emissions associated with coal and significantly increase energy efficiency. These boilers will meet current and future needs at the facility to support the mission of providing energetic munitions to the Warfighter.”

The Army awarded BAE Systems a contract to design, build, and commission the gas-fired steam facility in 2018 with completion expected in 2021.

BAE Systems has been the operating contractor for the Holston Army Ammunition Plant since 1999.

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