Second ‘Superload’ Set For Final Leg of Journey

MOUNDSVILLE – The Williams Energy superload de-ethanizer continued a steady pace through Marshall County on Monday, ultimately traveling from its resting place along W.Va. 88 to the McElroy substation on Fork Ridge Road in just under eight hours.

Today, it is set to complete its journey to Williams Oak Grove facility by traveling along Fork Ridge Road. Motorists should expect delays, as they will not be able to pass the 41-yard-long de-ethanizer throughout most of its travels.

Despite its immense size, the 510,000-pound machine moves fairly well on board the special Goldhofer modular platform, which features 48 wheels that can each move and pivot in multiple directions. The operator controls the Goldhofer, which never exceeds 5 mph, by remote control.

After getting on the road at about 8:40 a.m. Monday, the superload reached U.S. 250 by 9:50 a.m. It advanced to Pleasant Valley by noon, where it made a short stop to allow traffic to pass. It then got to the U.S. 250 intersection with Middle Grave Creek Road by 2:20 p.m.

The de-ethanizer reached Fork Ridge Road by 3:50 p.m., before finally advancing to the McElroy substation at 4:25 p.m.

Williams spokeswoman Helen Humphreys said the contractors moving the superload, Crane Rental Corp., enjoy the support of the community.

“They’ve particularly enjoyed talking to residents who have come out along the way to watch the move,” she said.

There are ongoing updates of the superload’s progress available at facebook.com/WVDOT or twitter.com/wvdot.