Engineers moving the "super load" through Marshall County altered travel plans Thursday, causing a traffic nightmare for some residents.
The 48-wheel trailer was parked for the night on Thursday in a contractor's parking lot past Butch's Corner in Marshall County. Engineers deviated from the time table, continuing on past the intersection of Route 86 and 88 where it was suppose to stop for the night. This caused some problems for motorists as traffic was backed up about 5 p.m. Thursday.
Helen Humphreys, with Williams Energy, said engineers were concerned about the weather and that was the reason for the change. She went on to say that they are aware that those actions have upset local residents and they apologize for the inconvenience. She said the super load was set to begin moving again about 8:15 a.m. Friday after school buses have made their runs.
On Thursday, a massive load of gas industry equipment began its journey through Marshall County. The trip began at 8:30 a.m. at the CSX rail yard in Benwood.
Traffic was backed up for hours on Route 2 southbound as the load made its way down the highway Thursday morning.
At around 10:30 a.m., it began making its way up Route 86.
At 2 p.m., the load stopped for the day at the WV 88 intersection.
Outfitted with 48 wheels and weighing in at 510,000 pounds, the 41-yard-long "de-ethanizer" will help Williams Energy separate ethane from natural gas. The load is expected to take an almost 30-mile, daytime-only trip. It's expected to take four days at a top speed of only five miles per hour.
On Thursday, the load will travel from the CSX rail yard in Benwood and make its way down WV 2 south. It will then turn onto WV 86 and stop at the WV 88 intersection. It will stop for the night at this location.
On Friday, the load resumes its travels down W.Va. 88 onto U.S. 250, stopping for the night at Pleasant Valley.
On Saturday, the load will travel from Pleasant Valley on U.S. 250 onto Fork Ridge Road, stopping at the McElroy substation on County Route 17 for the night.
The final leg of the trip will be carried out on Sunday, as the truck continues on Fork Ridge Road until reaching the Williams site near Cameron.