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Twists and Turns

Plenty of pitfalls and potholes on the ‘superload’ route

February 18, 2014
By CASEY JUNKINS Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

FORK RIDGE - Moving a 41-yard long "superload" machine that weighs 510,000 pounds and is 14 feet wide is no small task on roads that are wide, smooth, flat and straight.

The contractors preparing to move Williams Energy's de-ethanizer from the Benwood CSX rail yard to the Oak Grove processing plant on Fork Ridge Road have an even more complicated job because they must transport the large device over potholes and around sharp curves.

Onboard a modular platform trailer known as a "Goldhofer," the de-ethanizer's trek into the heart of Marshall County is set to begin early Thursday, but it likely will not reach its destination until Sunday. Division of Highways officials believe motorists should be able to pass the superload at certain points along the route.

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On Saturday, Williams Energy contractors will turn a 41-yard long de-ethanizer from U.S. 250 onto Fork Ridge Road north of Cameron.

The de-ethanizer will encounter a number of different roadway conditions along its route.

Early Saturday, the superload will begin moving again toward Fork Ridge Road. U.S. 250 features some bumpy portions along the way. Upon reaching the intersection on Fork Ridge Road, the 41-yard long de-ethanizer will need to make a sharp turn onto the road.

 
 

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