Superload transport on Interstate 70 in Belmont County postponed due to mechanical issues
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Tuesday, July 12, 2011) – Interstate 70 will be not be closed today at the construction work zone on each side of Exit 208 in Belmont County to allow for the transport of a superload destined for the Ohio River due to mechanical issues.
The transport has been postponed and will resume as soon as the issues are resolved. Officials are unsure at this time how long repairs will take; however, they are hopeful movement may resume tomorrow.
Bound ultimately for an offshore platform in the Caspian Sea, the first of three BP-operated West Chirag units left Mount Vernon yesterday to begin its trek through Ohio with arrival in Baku expected in October. At 407,000 pounds, it is the largest unit ever to ship from this Rolls-Royce manufacturing facility.
ODOT and the Ohio State Highway Patrol will continue to escort the convoy to Bellaire when it resumes its journey. At Bellaire Harbor, the three units will be lifted onto barges then towed down the Ohio and Mississippi River system 1,900 miles to New Orleans. The transportation of the cargo is expected to take nearly four months to complete.
The SR 7 restrictions at Bellaire, planned for later in the week, will also be postponed.
For more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us