Putting a Lid on Nuclear Reactor Takes Patience

The lid weighs 150 tons and moves at about 5 mph

Putting a lid on it takes some time and patience. In this case, crews are transporting a 150-ton nuclear reactor lid from the Port of Long Beach to a plant near Phoenix.

The lid, escorted by the California Highway Patrol, left the port last Tuesday. It's expected to arrive in the Coachella Valley by Wednesday night.

The lid's transport vehicle travels at about 5 mph.

Once in the Coachella Valley, crews will have to maneuver around a road sign near the Highway 111-10 Freeway interchange. The transport vehicle will cross from eastbound to westbound lanes and exit the interstate on the Highway 111 on-ramp.

Interstate 10 and Highway 111 are expected to be shut down during  the maneuver.

The load will then make its way through Palm Springs traveling south on Highway 111, east on Racquet Club Drive, south on Farrell Drive, east on Vista  Chino and north on Gene Autry Trail to Dillon Road, according to Amy Blaisdell, Palm Springs' director of communications.

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