Superload finally reaches Hopedale
HOPEDALE — The saga of the superload move ended on its third day on Tuesday evening, when the massive piece of equipment arrived at the MarkWest fractionator.
The journey began in Weirton on Sunday morning, but the trailer hauling the 970,000-pound piece of equipment had mechanical issues and stopped on Canton Road in Wintersville, near U.S. Route 22.
The superload moved about a mile on Monday on Canton Road before it was parked on Main Street near Blessed Sacrament Church.
The trailer made good time on Tuesday, traveling along Cadiz Road to U.S. Route 22. The superload made it to the state Route 151 exit ramp near Hopedale, but got stuck on the ramp for about three hours before turning onto state Route 151.
The Ohio Department of Transportation announced on social media the superload was on its final leg of the journey on Giacobi Road, ending at the MarkWest fractionator facility shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Dimensions of the superload were 20-feet wide, 17-feet 4-inches tall and 305-feet long.
Motorists stuck in traffic caused by the slow-moving caravan will face two more Sundays of superload moves.
ODOT reported the moves will happen on Sunday and Jan. 26.
The superloads will again begin their journeys in Weirton and will enter Ohio around dawn and proceed along U.S. Route 22 west to state Route 43. The route will then go along Canton Road south to Main Street and then along 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.