Motorists had their patience tested Tuesday afternoon in downtown Defiance as a massive oversized load inched its way south on Clinton Street before executing the turn to the east on Second Street. Moving gingerly, the large load impacted traffic along the route through town from approximately 1-2 p.m.
According to Ohio Highway Patrol Defiance post commander Lt. Robert Ashenfelter, the vehicle was picked up by troopers on U.S. 6 at the Indiana border and escorted to an oil refinery in Oregon, Ohio, just east of Toledo.
Ashenfelter noted the piece of apparatus had a length of 150 feet, while the entire length of the trailer and two semis was 250 feet. The load was permitted for a weight of 270,000 pounds, while the combined load, trailer and semis were permitted for a gross weight of 556,000 pounds.
In addition to the escorting troopers, the caravan also featured a truck in the lead with a pole to check overhanging signs and traffic lights. A bucket truck also was employed to assist in manually raising some street signs and lights for clearance.
According to Ashenfelter, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has a long list of guidelines for the movement of such massive loads within the state. These guidelines ensure the safety of motorists along with the bridges and roadways themselves.