Last superload to be moved through Belmont County later this week
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Monday, August 15, 2011) – The transport for the third and final superload to pass through Belmont County on a journey to the Ohio River and ultimately the Caspian Sea is set for later this week.
Interstate 70 is expected to be closed between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m., Friday, August 19th, 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 continued to work closely with the logistics teams from Rolls-Royce and their customer BP to ensure the successful transport of these three units. 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 around noon on Saturday, August 20th, 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