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Superload makes superslow move

MOVING SLOW -- The superload makes its way to the intersection of Main Street and Canton Road in Wintersville Monday. -- Wintersville Fire and Rescue

WINTERSVILLE — The nearly 970,000-pound superload traveling from Weirton to Hopedale moved only about a mile on Canton Road on Monday before mechanical issues forced it to spend the night again in the village.

The superload left Weirton early Sunday morning, making it to Canton Road, near U.S. Route 22, before nightfall before mechanical issues forced it to be parked. Crews were seen placing wooden planks under the trailer’s tires on Canton Road, resulting in an very slow pace.

Officials reported the trucks pulling the trailer made the left turn onto Main Street because it was easier than turning right. The trucks pulling the trailer can do so from either end of the trailer.

The superload was expected to again continue on its journey around 9 a.m. today, the third day of a planned one-day move.

The trailer was parked on Main Street, near Blessed Sacrament Church. The Ohio Department of Transportation reported the trailer will move along Cadiz Road to U.S. Route 22 and then along the highway to state Route151. The trailer will exit state Route 151 to Giacobi Road, ending at the MarkWest fractionator facility.

TURNING THE CORNER -- workers help the equipment navigate the intersection. -- Janice Kiaski

ODOT reported traffic will be maintained by using rolling road blocks. 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.

Dimensions of the superload are 20-feet wide, 17-feet 4-inches tall and 305-feet long.

ODOT reported the superload had to exit U.S. Route 22 in Wintersville because of height restrictions on bridges and overpasses on U.S. Route 22 between Wintersville and Reeds Mill. Prior superload moves went up the Lovers Lane connector but improvements to the Lovers Lane and Sunset Boulevard intersection included a raised concrete island for the turning lane from the connector to westbound Sunset Boulevard.

There are plans for two more superload moves on Sunday and Jan. 26.

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