ODOT Announces First 'Super Load' for New Albany Scheduled to Begin Trip

March 28, 2024

The fourth of nearly two dozen “super loads” is scheduled to begin the journey north from Adams County on April 3 with delivery on April 9. This will be the first load to head to New Albany and the new $28 billion Intel plant in Licking County.

The schedule includes a pause for the solar eclipse which is expected to bring a significant increase in traffic to the state of Ohio. The convoy will stop in West Portsmouth, Chillicothe, Rickenbacker, and Pickerington or Pataskala before delivery.

This load, an air processor, weighs 378,400 pounds, is 19’3” tall, 20’ wide, and 128.5’ long.

“These loads are the building blocks of our economy and represent thousands of good paying jobs that will improve the lives of Ohioans for generations,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “With this superload, we are making even more progress in building the Silicon Heartland.”

The Ohio Department of Transportation has carefully analyzed and planned the route to make sure these super 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.

The schedule of each of the nearly two dozen loads will be checked against local events, like festivals and fairs, to further minimize impacts.

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.

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

The route this load 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 SR 73/SR 104 to U.S. 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 Alum Creek Drive
  • Travel north on Alum Creek Drive to Rohr Road
  • Travel east on Rohr Road to Commerce Center Drive
  • Travel north on Commerce Center Drive to Green Pointe Drive South
  • Travel east on Green Point Drive South to Saltzgaber Road
  • Travel south on Saltzgaber Road 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 U.S. 33 westbound ramp
  • Take SR 674/Gender Road north to Brice Road
  • Take Brice Road north to the intersection with Tussing Road/SR 204 in Columbus
  • Travel east on Tussing Road/SR 204 east to SR 310
  • Travel north on SR 310 to U.S. 40 in Etna
  • Travel west on U.S. 40 to Etna Parkway
  • Travel north on Etna Parkway to SR 16
  • Travel east on SR 16 to SR 310
  • Travel north on SR 310 to SR 161
  • Travel west on SR 161 to local roads