Hey, people who plan on driving between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday! Provision Health Alliance is moving a giant piece of equipment called a cyclotron to its Center for Proton Therapy in Dowell Springs Business Park. A cyclotron is basically a particle accelerator. They've been used in nuclear physics experiments, but the Provision Health Alliance uses it to treat cancer. No funny business!
The cyclotron is HUGE--218 tons, actually--and the equipment will be transported in an entourage that includes escort vehicles and support from the Knox County Sheriff's Office. Those big trucks hauling this thing (which will be in two separate pieces) can only move at 5-7 mph, so there will be traffic delays.
Here's the route the cyclotron pieces will follow: North National Drive to Asheville Highway; west on Asheville Highway/Magnolia Avenue to Hall of Fame Drive; right on Hall of Fame to Gill Avenue; left of Gill Avenue to East 4th Avenue; left on East 4th Avenue to North Central Street; right on North Central Street to Bernard Avenue; left on Bernard Avenue to University Avenue; left on University Avenue/Middlebrook Pike to Dowell Springs Drive (west of Weisgarber Road). There are no specific times given for each street, so make your best guess at the approximate times.
Also, the city did not release any photos with this press release, but stay tuned!