Giants are coming!

By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

Massive things will pass through Groveport several times this year on State Route 317, then east on Bixby Road, and eventually to U.S. Route 33.

Special trucks, ranging from 200 to 250 feet long, will transport mammoth, very heavy pieces of equipment weighing several tons and towering up from 16 to 20 feet tall, from the Rickenbacker Airport area to the new, $20 billion Intel semiconductor chip factory complex in Licking County. There will be a total of 18 hauls in two week intervals over a 36 week period.

The humongous equipment cannot be transported on freeways because it will not fit under overpasses, so local roads must be used. The equipment will be trucked from Manchester on the Ohio River and through Central Ohio to Licking County.

The equipment being hauled will be used in making semiconductor chips at the new Intel facility. The first shipment will crawl through Groveport on Feb. 10 starting around 7:30 a.m. The shipments will be accompanied by six Ohio Highway Patrol and 13 Columbus Police cruisers.

The trucks will haul the giant equipment north on State Route 317 using the south bound lanes so they can avoid the traffic light framework. Utility lines will also have to be moved and some trees trimmed in places along the journey so the gigantic equipment can pass by. The truck will park for the night on Old Bixby Road before heading out again east on Bixby Road to U.S. Route 33 the morning of Feb. 11. The load will travel east bound on U.S. Route 33 – in the west bound lanes to Gender Road.

Groveport City officials are concerned about traffic and utility disruption caused by the shipments as well as potential damage to the road beds due to the crushing weight of the equipment being hauled.

Groveport Police Chief Casey Adams also noted that the haulers will have to deal with getting around the Rickenbacker Air Show traffic and the Pelotonia bicycle tour on shipments later this year. He said there are concerns about how the big trucks with their heavy cargo will negotiate the roundabout at State Route 317 and Rohr Road.

City of Groveport officials requested portable message boards be situated on State Route 317, on either end, at least five days prior to the movement that will indicate “Expect traffic delays – Next ‘X’ days – heavy equipment movement – Expect Detours,” or some similar language.

City officials also require a permit be filed for any tree trimming of tree limbs that overhang in the right of way that is under the jurisdiction of the city of Groveport.

According to city officials, no hauls can occur until the Franklin County Engineer issues a special/heavy haul permit on behalf of the city of Groveport and until all conditions are met.

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