Last of the superloads to move through the area

The third and final superload is set to move through Weirton and Jefferson County beginning at 5 a.m. on Sunday.

The second superload, which was shorter than the first superload, was transported last Sunday without incident. Moving the first superload caused headaches when it suffered mechanical issues on July 29 and had to be parked on a ramp to University Boulevard off U.S. Route 22. That superload move was delayed a week and forced the movement of a traffic light pole at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Lovers Lane on Saturday.

Sunday’s superload, which is 16 feet wide, 17 feet, 4 inches tall and approximately 200 feet long, will leave Weirton and cross the Veterans Memorial Bridge into Jefferson County, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

State Route 7 will be affected between Pottery Addition and Steubenville. The superload will continue west on U.S. Route 22 to Lovers Lane and then to Sunset Boulevard into Wintersville on Main Street.

ODOT reported the superload will travel to county Road 22A, back to U.S. Route 22 westbound to state Route 151 in Hopedale, ending at the MarkWest fractionator facility on Giacobi Road.

The U.S. Route 22 closure will be handled as a rolling roadblock from state Route 43 to Lovers Lane. The transport will be accompanied by four Ohio State Highway Patrol escorts, ODOT, local law enforcement and utility trucks. Progress of the superload will affect traffic in all directions on the traveled routes.

Motorists should expect delays and various intermittent ramp and lane closures as the superload progresses west. The move is expected to last several hours, ODOT reported.

Due to the size and travel speed of the superload, officials from ODOT are working closely with the logistics team from Capital City Crane to plan for the successful transport of the superload.

ODOT reported the transport team is paying special attention to public safety when crossing bridges and making turns on the superload’s route. The transport team also is planning the move to avoid peak travel times to minimize the interference with traffic, according to ODOT.

ODOT is asking motorists to plan ahead and consider alternate routes to avoid congestion and delays.