What's this mean? It means that the 30 foot high, 21 foot wide rock needs to be loaded on to a specially designed transport trailer that will be nearly 200 feet long and have 208 heavy duty wheels. This special transport trailer will be hauled through Southern California on a long circuitous route that will take it through several cities. One of those cities being Chino, and the rock will be passing right behind my house some time in the next week or so. The route had to be specially designed because the rig is too slow for the freeway and wouldn't fit under any of our bridges. It gets to make the trip over the course of 10 days at a blistering speed of 9 MPH.
Given they plan to run this down Ramona Ave, I question whether it will even fit. That road is only 2 lanes in many places and is quite narrow, especially right here at the corner by the school. It has to come down from Mission Blvd and travel all the way to Edison Ave on the south end of town.
The project was supposed to start rolling back in June, then after Labor Day, then again at the end of October. Here we are now at Christmas and the thing hasn't left just yet, at least as far as I can find. Chances are it won't be in LA before 2012. Total cost on this bizarre project runs into the millions of dollars, most of which is being provided via private donations.
"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil
Well. I guess that's that then.
Samson, you will let us have an update when this monstrosity finally passes, won't you?
Yeah, as soon as they get this behemoth moving I'll update things. I imagine it'll be hard to miss since it has to go past where I live, but just on the off chance I'm not actually here when it passes, they've got a page for updates on that now: http://www.lacma.org/levitated-mass-map
Oh, come on, you surely don't think we really care about the progress of the rock itself. We're just interested in the impact upon you that's caused by the movement of the rock.
Heh, cool. Was able to see it pass by the school as it lumbered by. That's one big ass rock. Unfortunately it was too dark to try and get a good camera shot of it over the fence.