Lake County routes to close briefly for superload transport
Load weighs in at more than a half-million lbs.
LAKE COUNTY (October 12, 2011) – In order to ensure the safe transport of a superload, several Lake County routes will experience brief closures on Thursday, October 13 beginning at 9 am. Crews will transport a 521,600 lb. transformer from Hatch, Inc. in Fairport Harbor, to its final destination at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant.
The transformer is approximately 19 feet tall, 12 feet wide and 190 feet long. Once the load departs from Fairport Harbor, it will travel State Route 535 eastbound to Blase Nemeth Road, to U.S. 20 eastbound to County Road 115 (Center Rd).
State Route 535 will be closed briefly in both directions while the load is transported. U.S. 20 will only close in the eastbound lanes, utilizing rolling roadblocks. Four Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers will accompany the load for traffic control purposes.
Because of the size and transporting needs, the load will be moving extremely slow (10 miles per hour or slower at times). Traffic signals at the intersections of U.S. 20 & Lane Road and U.S. 20 & Center Road will need to be temporarily taken down so the load can clear those intersections.
The Ohio Department of Transportation is asking motorists to plan ahead and use an alternate route to avoid congestion and delays.
For more information contact:
The ODOT District 12 Communications Office at 216.584.2006
or email D12.PublicInformation@dot.state.oh.us