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300-ton load will slow traffic in Interstates 16, 75

Saturday night won’t be the best time for interstate driving in parts of the midstate.

Motorists can expect some seriously slow traffic as crews haul a massive, 300-ton machine press from the port of Savannah to

LaGrange. The 31-axle, 254-foot-long vehicle hauling the equipment will be escorted by multiple law enforcement agencies at it makes its way up Interstate 16 through Macon to Interstate 75 North at top speeds of 45 mph -- or slower.

The Georgia Department of Transportation expects the 18-foot-wide load to leave the port’s Ocean Terminal about 8 p.m. Saturday and arrive at the I-75 weigh station in Forsyth about 2:40 a.m. The machine will stay there until hitting the road again at 9 p.m. Sunday, bound for I-285 and then I-85 before arriving at the Sewon America plant.

Sewon supplies auto parts for the Kia Motors plant in West Point.

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