Superload transport to resume Friday morning on Interstate 70 in Belmont County
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Wednesday, July 13, 2011) – The transport of the superload destined for the Ohio River via Interstate 70 will resume early Friday morning, July 15th, from the eastbound rest area in Guernsey County.
The load was parked at the rest area yesterday due to mechanical issues.
I-70 is expected to be closed around 7 a.m., Friday at the construction work zone on each side of Exit 208 in Belmont County to allow for the transport.
Bound ultimately for an offshore platform in the Caspian Sea, the first of three BP-operated West Chirag units left Mount Vernon on Monday 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. The closure of SR 7 at Bellaire will occur on Saturday, July 16th before noon. 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.
ODOT is asking motorists to plan ahead and use an alternate route both days to avoid congestion and delays.
For more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us