Transport of second superload through Belmont County set for next week
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Wednesday, August 3, 2011) – The transport for the second of three superloads to pass through Belmont County on a journey to the Ohio River and ultimately the Caspian Sea is set for next week.
Interstate 70 is expected to be closed between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 10th, at the construction work zone on each side of Exit 208 to allow for the transport of a power generation turbine bound for an offshore platform in Baku operated by BP.
Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) officials have worked closely with the logistics teams from Rolls-Royce and their customer BP to ensure the successful transport of these units. After the completion of the first transport last month, the team has made some technical modifications to assist in a more efficient move of the 407,000 pound unit that stretches just over 350 foot in length.
ODOT and the Ohio State Highway Patrol will again escort the convoy from Mount Vernon to Bellaire.
SR 7 will be closed briefly at Bellaire mid-day on Thursday, August 11th, while the load crosses SR 7 at Guernsey Street. At Bellaire Harbor, the three units will together 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 again asking motorists to again 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