Mechanical problem delays superload move

STEUBENVILLE – Last Sunday’s superload move from the Ohio River to the new MarkWest fractionator facility on Giacobi Road in Hopedale was delayed due to mechanical problems.

It’s been rescheduled for Sunday.

State Route 7 and U.S. Route 22 as well as some county roads and state Route 151 will be restricted Sunday beginning around 6:15 a.m. in Jefferson and Harrison counties to allow for the transport of a third superload from the Ohio River to the Hopedale facility, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The load, a giant tank, is scheduled to depart the L&J Bowers Barge Facility off Marina Drive in Steubenville around 6:15 a.m. and travel to state Route 7, north to the state Route 213 northbound ramp to U.S.Route 22 west, traveling west in the eastbound lanes to state Route 43. It will then take state Route 43 (Canton Road) south to Main Street in Wintersville, then traveling west onto county Road 22A to the U.S. Route 22 westbound off/on ramp at county Road 22A, re-entering the highway westbound via the off/on ramp at state Route 152, re-entering U.S. Route 22 westbound to state Route 151 and then north to Giacobi Road east.

The tank is too high to go under some bridges along U.S. Route 22. The procession will be using the on- and off-ramps to allow traffic to flow past so as not to restrict traffic for too long, ODOT reported.

The closure of U.S. Route 22 will be handled as a rolling roadblock from state Route 43 to Lovers Lane, where crews will take an exit ramp and reopen U.S. Route 22 so traffic can clear, then reclose as a rolling roadblock until it exits off of state Route 43. Utility trucks and local law enforcement in addition to four highway patrol escorts, one ODOT escort and two private escorts will accompany the transport.

This load will be extremely slow moving and will cause delays on the route for the majority of the day, ODOT reported.

ODOT is advising motorists to plan ahead and use an alternate route to avoid congestion and delays.