This image shows of one of the massive beer tanks arriving in Chilliwack. (Darren McDonald photo)

Overnight beer tank transport will be slow going across Chilliwack

Road closures in place after midnight for wide-load transport of the tanks over the 12 km

It’s been a long, strange trip already.

The first Molson Coors beer tanks to arrive in town over the weekend are now ready to roll out overnight on a slow trek across Chilliwack.

Supreme Structural Transport will oversee and execute the complex transportation project, saidFerg Devins, marketing strategist for Molson Coors.

“It is anticipated that all six tanks will be at the brewery site before sunrise Tuesday morning,” Devins reported.

The marketing reps coined the hashtag #beertanks to allow people to follow the journey and even take selfies if they spotted the brewing tanks, disguised as oversized beer cans, en route to the brewery.

They will be transported by truck overnight from the Cattermole site near the Fraser River to the Molson Coors Brewery on Kerr Avenue.

The tanks are among the 22 largest brewing tanks shipped from overseas by freighter, then barged up the Fraser River, ending with a slow ride over land to the new brewery.

The last leg of the journey for the first six tanks was set to begin just before midnight Tuesday.

Overnight road closures between midnight and 5 a.m. were negotiated to accommodate the wide-load transport of the tanks over the 12 kilometres from the river to the brewery site.

The first set of the 22 larger-sized tanks should be in place at the brewery by early this week. There are another 20-something smaller tanks coming as well, for a total of about 50 brewing tanks.

READ MORE: Planning for tank transport

The overnight trucking route goes from Industrial Way, onto Progress Way, over the highway on Lickman and then onto Luckakuck Way. From there they will hit Evans Road and U-Turn, before coming back over the highway and onto Yale Road.

See the attached map for the trucking route.

Devins plans to continue to post #beertanks updates at @DevinsNetwork on Twitter, @travelferg on Instagram and on the Molson Coors Fraser Valley Brewery at Chilliwack Facebook page (link below)


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Here is the route the transport company will take to transport the tanks overnight. (Submitted)

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