Superload Makes Slow Journey to Hopedale Facility

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They say slow and steady wins the race, and that's exactly how a superload was transported from the barge facility in Steubenville to it's new home at the MarkWest Facility in Hopedale this weekend.

Parts of Route 7, U.S. 22 as well as Route 151 and other country roads in Jefferson and Harrison Counties were restricted while the load was transported.

The piece of equipment will be used to store hydrocarbon products for the fractionator at the facility.

The day started at 7 a.m. Sunday and the 17-mile journey lasted hours.

As local police worked together with the Ohio Department of Transportation and MarkWest to safely coordinate the journey.

"Coordination, communication and of course slow and deliberate." is how Dennis Buckley with MarkWest explained the careful planning that he says took weeks.

Residents lined the streets along the course to catch a glimpse of the superloader, that with hauling equipment weighed in at more than 570,000 lbs.

Not everyone was there is support though. Protestors of the fracking business were on hand.

Patti Gorcheff came from North Lima, Ohio to show her lack of support. "I'm tired of them destroying our communities." said Gorcheff.

This was the first of six tanks the company will be moving from the barge facility in Steubenville to the MarkWest Facility.


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