BP superload to travel across eastern Ohio on way to Caspian Sea
Area roadways to be restricted during movements
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Monday, January 05, 2015) – Eastern Ohio roadways will be restricted later this week as a BP superload destined for the Shah Deniz gas field in the Caspian Sea, offshore Azerbaijan, finds its way from the Rolls-Royce manufacturing facility in Mount Vernon to the Bellaire Harbor along the Ohio River in Belmont County.
The first of three superloads to be transported is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning in Mount Vernon and will travel U.S. Route 36 to Interstate 77 south to Interstate 70 east to Interstate 470 east to State Route 7 south to 26th Street in Bellaire. Wednesday’s movement is expected to stop in Coshocton or Guernsey County and resume Thursday to make the rest of the journey to Bellaire where the load will be staged for transloading onto different equipment and movement on village streets to the port.
The loads will be 330 feet long, 15 feet 6 inches tall, 20 feet 4 inches wide and be around 959,000 lbs. gross weight.
Given the slow speed of travel associated with these loads, motorists are advised to plan ahead and use alternate routes to avoid delays.
Due to the size of these loads, Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) officials have worked closely with the logistics teams from Rolls-Royce, their customer BP, and the hauler Mctyre Trucking from Orlando, Florida, to plan the successful transport of these units. In particular, the team paid special attention to safety when crossing bridges and making turns on the truck’s route to the Ohio River. ODOT and the Ohio State Highway Patrol will escort the convoy from Mount Vernon to Bellaire. The second unit is not scheduled to be moved until late January.
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
For more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, ODOT District 11 Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us