UPDATE: 2:30 p.m.:
According to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, the super load has made its way to Fork Ridge Road, so all major highways should be unobstructed.
UPDATE: 10:55 a.m.:
The super load has gotten off of I-470 and is on Route 88 southbound.
UPDATE, 9:55 a.m.:
The load is currently on I-70, approaching Bethlehem. Traffic is backed up on I-70, all the way to the Cabela Drive exit.
A 242 foot long and 18 feet wide super load will be moving through Ohio and Marshall counties slowing traffic down this morning.
If you use I-70 or I-470 westbound in West Virginia for your morning commute, you will need to use alternate routes today.
The super load weighs over 500 thousand pounds, and its top speed is 25 mph. Marshall County Chief Deputy Bill Helms says you will not be able to get around it because it will likely eat up all lanes of the road.
The delivery of the machinery is expected to start Tuesday Morning at 8 AM.
Here’s is the planned route in chronological order:
- Start: I-70 WV exit 11 (Dallas Pike)
- Interstate 70 westbound
- Forks off to I-470 westbound
- Exits off the highway at Exit 2 (Bethlehem)
- Southbound WV Route 88 (Through Sherrard)
- Westbound US Route 250 (Towards Moundsville)
- Onto Fork Ridge Road (County Road 17)
It is expected to spend at most two hours on highways I-70 and I-470.
Chief Deputy Helms says, “Rhe best bet is to avoid the area. You don’t want to get stuck behind it. If you get stuck behind it, you’re going to be in for a long ride. It moves very slow.”
So he says it’s best to take alternate routes.
- Route 40 in Ohio County
- Route 2 or Route 86 in Marshall county..
There is a 12 hour time window for the super load to complete its route.