Expect delays as 916,000-pound 'super load' moves through Ohio

Super load moving through Ohio
Ohio Department of Transportation

The 12th of nearly two dozen “super loads,” and the first of four loads that exceed 900,000 pounds, will depart the dock site in Adams County, Ohio on Sunday, June 16. The convoy will head to New Albany to deliver the load to the site of the new Intel plant in Licking County.

This load, an air processor known as a cold box used in the silicon chip manufacturing process, measures about 23’ tall, 20’ wide, 280’ long, and weighs 916,000 pounds, according to a statement from the Ohio Department of Transportation.

These extra-large loads will have significant traffic impacts as they move. Unlike the previous loads, these will take more than a week to deliver and will travel much slower. Motorists are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and avoid the route while the load is moving.

Due to the size of the loads and slow speed of the convoy, moves will begin earlier than previous trips to ensure each move can be completed during daylight hours.

Because of an anticipated increased interest from the public, large crowds are expected along the route, according to ODOT. This will lead to additional traffic delays. Safety of the public and those working to move the load is the top priority. Observers are asked to stay out of the path of the transport trucks and work crews and off the sidewalks along the roadway. Spectators should obey orders to move back if instructed to do so.

ODOT said it has carefully planned the route to make sure these extra-large loads can be accommodated. Since each load will be escorted by several Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers, emergency traffic will get around the rolling roadblock with minimal delay. Working with partners like local governments and utility companies, obstructions along the route such as large overhead signs, traffic signals, and utility lines have been adjusted and moved.

Notifications will continue to be made in advance of each load leaving the dock on the Ohio River near the village of Manchester in Adams County. Updates will be provided as each load moves north toward central Ohio.

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You can find more information, updates, and sign up for email alerts at transportation.ohio.gov/superload.

The route the loads will follow includes:

  • From the dock site east of Manchester, it will travel east on U.S. 52 to West Portsmouth.
  • At west Portsmouth, cross over into the U.S. 52 westbound lanes just before the junction of the SR 239 on ramp to U.S. 52 Westbound.
  • Travel north on the SR 239 southbound ramp to SR 73/SR 104
  • Travel south in the northbound lanes of State Route 73/SR 104 to US 52
  • Travel east on U.S. 52 in the westbound lanes to U.S. 23 in Portsmouth
  • Travel north on U.S. 23 southbound ramp to U.S. 52 westbound
  • Travel north on U.S. 23 in the northbound lanes to the intersection with Kinneys Lane and Argonne Road
  • Cross over into the northbound lanes and travel north on U.S. 23 to the Village of Piketon
  • In the Village of Piketon cross over into the southbound lanes of U.S. 23 at Market Street to maneuver around the traffic signals then cross back over into the northbound lanes of U.S. 23
  • Travel north on U.S. 23 to Chillicothe
  • Take U.S. 35 West to SR 104 north
  • Take 104 north to SR 762 near Commercial Point
  • Travel east on SR 762 to Rickenbacker Parkway
  • Travel north on Rickenbacker Parkway North to SR 317
  • Travel north in the Southbound Lanes on SR 317 past Groveport to Bixby Road east
  • Travel east on Bixby Road to U.S. 33
  • Travel east in the westbound lanes of U.S. 33 to the Gender Road southbound to U.S. 33 westbound ramp in Canal Winchester
  • Travel the wrong way on the Gender Road southbound to US Route 33 westbound ramp  
  • Take State Route 674/Gender Road North to Brice Road 
  • Take Brice Road North to the intersection with Tussing Road/State Route 204 in Columbus 
  • Travel East on Tussing Road/State Route 204 East to State Route 310 
  • Travel North on State Route 310 to US Route 40 in Etna 
  • Travel West on US Route 40 to Mink Street
  • Travel North on Mink Street to State Route 16
  • Travel East on State Route 16 to State Route 310
  • Travel North on State Route 310 to State Route 161
  • Travel West on State Route 161 to Mink Street
  • Travel North on Mink Street to Clover Valley Road NW