Cove Point Heavy Haul Route

Lusby, Maryland

Dominion Energy’s Cove Point plant, located in Southern Maryland, will be home to a new liquefied natural gas export facility. KCI worked with IHI/Kiewit, the design-build contractor, to complete the roadway improvements needed to accommodate the 19-axle heavy haul trailers used to transfer the plant equipment from barges to the construction site.

The goal was to create a path for the large equipment that would avoid as many signal and utility crossings as possible.

Dion K. Ho, PETransportation Engineer

Dion K. Ho, PE

These large components, which were manufactured overseas and shipped to Norfolk, traveled nearly six miles from a temporary pier to the construction site. KCI was hired to design and coordinate activities needed for the heavy haul transport, including roadway improvements and utility relocations necessary to move up to 800,000-pound equipment loads. Roadway improvements to Maryland Highway Route 2 and Cove Point Road (Maryland Route 497) included new underdrain, shoulder widening and median crossings. The project team pooled resources from all over the firm to provide preliminary route GIS mapping, surveying, traffic signal relocation plans, intersection redesign coordination, environmental review and clearance, geotechnical evaluation, utility designation and relocation, maintenance of traffic, and pre- and post-construction culvert inspection in support of the firm’s first heavy haul project.