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If you're planning to drive Pacific Coast Highway or Sepulveda Boulevard on Wednesday night through the beach cities, you may want to rethink your route. | PHOTOS

Rolling closures and detours are expected from 10 p.m. today to 5 a.m. Thursday because of Chevron's plans to move two 100-foot-long, 500,000-pound coke drums from Redondo Beach to the company's refinery in El Segundo.

Inching north at a speed of 2 mph atop special transport vehicles - that's "about walking pace," Chevron spokesman Jeff Wilson said - the drums will follow PCH and Sepulveda Boulevard and turn left onto Rosecrans Avenue to enter the refinery.

Wilson has said wet weather and bad visibility could delay the move, but Tuesday afternoon he expected to proceed as planned. "We're a green light," he said.

The drums reached King Harbor early Monday, arriving by barge from the Port of Los Angeles. They were positioned onto self-propelled modular transporters that moved them Monday night to a staging area near the King Harbor entry arch.

The steel drums will be used in the refinery's coker unit and will replace models built in 1968.

For a map of closures and detours, link to: http://elsegundo.chevron.com/Files/elsegundo/Detour_Map.pdf.

- Kristin S. Agostoni


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