Large delivery at HAAP to affect traffic Monday morning

J. H. Osborne • Apr 25, 2020 at 7:30 PM

KINGSPORT — You might want to avoid eastbound travel on Highway 11-W near Holston Army Ammunition Plant on Monday morning.

HAAP and contractor BAE Systems will be taking delivery of a fourth and final large industrial boiler before noon, in coordination with a transport company and state authorities.

The arrival of the oversized piece of equipment will result in temporary road closures and possible traffic congestion during the morning commute hours traveling eastbound along Highway 11-W in the Mount Carmel and Kingsport areas. BAE Systems released the details so motorists who use this route at the scheduled timeframe can plan accordingly or map out alternate routes to minimize inconvenience.

This is the final industrial boiler being delivered to HAAP on a 230-foot-long, 20-foot-wide dual-haul transport truck, and it follows three successful deliveries on Feb. 24, March 16 and April 2. Updates will be provided to ensure the community has the most current information, including on the Holston Army Ammunition Plant Facebook page.

The company’s news release said it is dedicated to doing everything possible to limit the disruption caused by this delivery that is 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. 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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