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Scioto County Sheriff Reports Intell Mega Load Movements Will Start Soon and will Cause Delays on US-23


Portsmouth, Ohio (February 21, 2024): Get ready for some temporary traffic disruptions, Scioto County! Sheriff David Thoroughman and Police Chief Debby Brewer warn residents of upcoming delays due to the movement of 35 “super and mega-sized” loads starting sometime in March.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Route: The oversized loads will travel eastbound from Manchester on U.S. 52 to West Portsmouth. They’ll stay overnight before heading westbound, using the eastbound lanes of U.S. 52 into Portsmouth.
  • City detour: Once in Portsmouth, the loads will take northbound U.S. 23 in the southbound lanes, briefly switching to the northbound lanes near Bob & Floyd’s Tires. They’ll continue north on U.S. 23 until reaching the ODOT garage near Lucasville for a night stopover.
  • Final leg: The following morning, the loads will resume their northbound journey on U.S. 23 towards Columbus.

Minimizing Disruptions:

Authorities are working hard to minimize delays. The Sheriff’s Office, Police Department, EMA, Highway Patrol, and ODOT are collaborating to plan routes and manage traffic flow. Specific dates and times for the movements will be announced closer to the start.

Expect Delays:

Despite the planning, delays are unavoidable. Be prepared for longer travel times and consider alternative routes if possible during these periods. The Ohio State Highway Patrol will escort the loads, ensuring safety and minimizing disruptions.

Stay Informed:

For the latest updates, including specific dates and times for the movements, check the websites and social media pages of the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office and Portsmouth Police Department.

Remember: Patience is key! By staying informed and planning ahead, we can all help make these oversized journeys as smooth as possible.