2008-03-31 / Front Page

MOVING DAY

Residents get new address but keep same house

Ledger photo / TIM GULLA Simmons House Moving employees make sure the home they're transporting to Green Acres Road will make it under the traffic lights on West Floyd Baker Boulevard, near the entrance to Lowe's Home Improvement. Ledger photo / TIM GULLA Simmons House Moving employees make sure the home they're transporting to Green Acres Road will make it under the traffic lights on West Floyd Baker Boulevard, near the entrance to Lowe's Home Improvement. Gaffney police found themselves chasing a house up Floyd Baker Boulevard on Friday.

This was no high-speed pursuit, however, as officers simply helped with traffic control while a very wide load made its way through the city at walking pace.

Shelby, N.C.-based Simmons House Moving was contracted to move a home from Grace Street to Green Acres Road, a trip estimated at about 15 miles.

"Everything had to be measured," said Shaeran Simmons, of Simmons House Moving. "Bridges. Overhead wires. Anything like that."

The toughest part of moving the home Friday morning was getting it past Gaffney City Hall, where clearance was tight because of lamp posts on both sides of Floyd Baker Boulevard.

"We had probably six inches (of clearance) going through the lamp posts," Simmons said. "We measured four times yesterday (Thursday) to make sure."

Simmons said her husband, Mickey, makes sure a move is possible before agreeing to take on any job. Planning can take days.

She said Friday's move was no more or less complicated than normal, as each job comes with challenges. "Every move has their little thing that makes it a little more complicated in certain areas," she said.

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