The Cove Point Liquefaction Project is advising motorists to plan for possible delays between 9 p.m. June 24 and 5 a.m. June 25 on Route 2/4 in Calvert County from the Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge to Cove Point Road. Delays also are possible on Cove Point Road from Route 2/4 to the entrance to the Dominion Cove Point LNG facility during the final stage of the heavy hauls.
Timely information about the Dominion Cove Point liquefaction heavy haul transport events is available from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office by subscribing to www.nixle.com. The free service allows you to select the types of notifications you wish to receive, including traffic alerts specific to your location.
Roadside electronic signs will be set up the night before along Route 2/4, Cove Point Road, Little Cove Point Road and Route 235 to advise motorists to expect delays during the heavy haul events.
The transport of the large loads depend on the timing of the barge arrival, which can be affected by delays at the port or weather conditions, and by the State Highway Authority permits, availability of support from Maryland State Police, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, local emergency responders and several other factors. The notification typically takes place 1-2 days prior to the actual heavy haul to avoid prematurely announcing a heavy haul that later will need to be rescheduled.
The possible delays are necessary for the large load transports that are an important part of the Dominion Cove Point Liquefaction Project. The largest pieces of equipment arrive by barge at the temporary pier at Offsite Area B in Solomons. From there, they are moved on specially designed transport vehicles to the terminal on Cove Point Road.
The transports travel north on Rt. 2/4 and at several points switch into the southbound lane, still traveling north, to avoid obstacles. Maryland State Police and Calvert County Sheriff’s Office will control traffic to maintain safe conditions. Maryland Route 765, HG Trueman Road, will remain open from Dowell Road north, paralleling Rt. 2/4. The transports then turn east on Rt. 497, Cove Point Road, and end at the Dominion LNG facility.
The transports require permits from the State Highway Administration and occur between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., to minimize impacts to traffic. For further information regarding heavy haul transports and other project updates, please contact CovePoint@Dom.com or leave a detailed message at 410-286-5757.