Avoiding Traffic Headaches: Steuben Officials Design New Procession Route For Travelling 9/11 Artifact

By Jeff Neumeyer

June 30, 2011 Updated Jul 1, 2011 at 10:00 AM EDT

ANGOLA, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- A piece of one of the fallen World Trade Center towers will be on display Friday in Angola.

But the route for moving the beam out of the county to its next destination has been changed, to try and avoid huge traffic tie-ups.

The procession at some other recent trade center beam transport events has included as many as 15,000 police motorcycles.

A different piece of steel from the 9/11 terrorist attacks was viewed by thousands of people at an event in Boone County Indiana.

The eight-foot beam coming to Angola will arrive Friday afternoon, and be on display at the former Scott's Grocery on North Wayne Street from 4 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, it gets loaded onto a truck and driven to Elkhart County, where it will be part of a permanent 9/11 memorial.

The new departure route will no longer go through Angola's busiest business district.

It will use County Road 100 North, and Indiana 327 to get to Orland, avoiding heavily travelled roads, and a major park, while tying up fewer road crossings.

Sheriff Tim Troyer/(R) Steuben County: " With that original procession travel, we had 69 intersections to cover, and by cutting it back, we put it back to about 50, 51, and they're not the same kind of major intersections. When you go up Highway 127, you're talking about shutting Pokagon State Park down at the busiest weekend of the year, when it's completely full."

The new route leaving Steuben County will now take North Wayne Street and turn left on Harcourt Road, which becomes County Road 100 North outside Angola.

Indiana 327 and Indiana 120 are part of the path designated to usher the steel beam to Orland, before it heads to the Osolo Township Fire Department in Elkhart County.

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