Traffic delays expected Sunday on U.S. 22 and SR 7 between Steubenville and Hopedale for second superload transport
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Monday, May 6, 2013) – State Route 7 and U.S. Route 22 as well as some county roads and State Route 151 will be restricted again this Sunday, May 12th, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. in Jefferson and Harrison counties to allow for the safe transport of the second of six superloads from the Ohio River to the new MarkWest fractionator facility on Giacobi Road in Hopedale.
The route has changed slightly to save movement time and minimize the closure of John Scott Highway, Lovers Lane, and U.S. 22. This load will depart the L & J Bowers Barge Facility off Marina Drive at Steubenville around 7 a.m. and travel to SR 7 north to the SR 213 northbound off ramp from U.S. 22 eastbound and travel U.S. 22 westbound in the eastbound lanes. Then it will take the ramp at Lovers Lane, re-enter the U.S.22 eastbound lanes traveling westbound to the SR 43 on ramp to U.S. 22 eastbound, then take SR 43 south to Cadiz Rd. west to CR 22A west to the U.S. 22 westbound off/on ramp at CR 22A, re-entering U.S. 22 westbound via the off/on ramp at SR 152, re-entering U.S. 22 westbound to SR 151 north to Giacobi Rd. east.
The closure of U.S.22 will be handled as a rolling roadblock from SR 43 to Lovers Lane where crews will ramp and reopen U.S. 22, so traffic can clear, then reclose as a rolling roadblock until it exits off of SR 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.
These loads will be extremely slow moving and will cause delays on the identified route for the majority of the day. It is expected to leave the barge facility at 7 a.m. and arrive at its destination around 3 p.m.
The first of these tanks, being moved by Total Energy Heavy Haul Corp., from Diboll, Texas, was successfully transported on April 7th. Dimensions of each move are 20-feet wide, 17-feet 4-inches tall, 260-feet long, and 570,000 lbs. gross weight. Due to the size and travel speed of this load, Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) officials have worked closely with the logistics team from Total Energy to plan for 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. Other considerations included the avoidance of peak travel times and minimizing the interference with traffic. ODOT is asking motorists to plan ahead and use an alternate route to avoid congestion and delays.
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\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us