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Boiler delivery to affect traffic in HAAP area Monday morning

From staff reports • Feb 22, 2020 at 3:00 PM

KINGSPORT — Commuters along Highway 11-W in Mount Carmel and parts of Kingsport, take note: There will be temporary road closures and congestion Monday morning as Holston Army Ammunition Plant takes delivery of an oversized industrial boiler.

HAAP and contractor BAE Systems will be coordinating with a transport company and Tennessee state authorities. The arrival of the massive piece of equipment will affect eastbound traffic in the area. Motorists can plan accordingly or map out alternate routes to minimize any inconvenience.

The boiler is the first of four that will be delivered to HAAP on a 230-foot-long, 20-foot-wide dual-haul transport truck. The remaining three deliveries are scheduled for March 9, March 23 and April 6, but those dates are subject to change. Updates will be provided on the HAAP Facebook page and BAE Systems’ HAAP webpage, as well as other sources, to ensure the community has the most current information.

BAE Systems and the Army say they are dedicated to doing everything possible to limit the disruption caused by these deliveries that are part of a critical modernization 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. 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. The 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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