By Mike Perleberg
(Hamilton County, Oh.) – If you encounter a traffic jam on some Butler County or Hamilton County roads Tuesday or Wednesday, good luck getting around the 135-ton cause.
The Ohio Department of Transportation says that a massive fiberglass tanker will be transported from Fairfield, Ohio to the Ohio River. The 170-feet long, 22-feet wide, and almost 19-feet high load will take two days to transport at about 5 MPH, impacting traffic along the way.
The tanker will be moved from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.
The route is as follows, as provided by ODOT: Beginning in Fairfield taking North SR 747 to north SR 4; just north of SR 73, a 10 to 15 minute closure will be in place on SR 4. Transport will then proceed on west SR 73 to south SR 177 to west SR 130 to Mormon Road, then to west SR 129 to south U.S. 27 to west SR 126 to south SR 128 to east U.S. 50.
After transport through several streets in North Bend, the transport will arrive at a barge docked near Southside Avenue in Cincinnati.
Motorists are advised to use alternate routes to avoid getting stuck behind the slow-moving load.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol and Butler County Sheriff will assist during transport of the tanker.