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Ohio is seeing the effects of Intel’s growth, but maybe not in the way state officials had hoped. Intel will put a 916,000-pound “super load” on the road in Ohio on Wednesday, for a trip that will cover approximately 150 miles in nine days and snarl traffic for over a week. The price of progress!

Intel’s new campus coming to New Albany, OH, is in heavy construction, and around 20 super loads are being ferried across Ohio’s roads by the Ohio Department of Transportation after arriving at a port of the Ohio River via barge. Four of these loads, including the one hitting the road now, weigh around 900,000 pounds — that’s 400 metric tons, or 76 elephants. The super loads were first planned for February but were delayed due to the immense planning workload. Large crowds are estimated to accumulate on the route, potentially slowing it even further.

Intel’s 916,000-pound shipment is a “cold box,” a self-standing air-processor structure that facilitates the cryogenic technology needed to fabricate semiconductors. The box is 23 feet tall, 20 feet wide, and 280 feet long, nearly the length of a football field. The immense scale of the cold box necessitates a transit process that moves at a “parade pace” of 5-10 miles per hour.

There’s a lot of moving parts to it. It’s not just jump in a truck and go

Matt Bruning, ODOT press secretary

Intel is taking over southern Ohio’s roads for the next several weeks and months as it builds its new Ohio One Campus, a $28 billion project to create a 1,000-acre campus with two chip factories and room for more. Calling it the new “Silicon Heartland,” the project will be the first leading-edge semiconductor fab in the American Midwest, and once operational, will get to work on the “Angstrom era” of Intel processes, 20A and beyond. Beyond bringing jobs to the region, Intel seeks to make nice with Ohio by investing millions into local schools and universities to provide local students with the tools to grow up to work at the foundries.

The cold box and the other super loads to come after it required immense planning from ODOT. “There’s a lot of moving parts to it. It’s not just jump in a truck and go from point A to point B,” said Matt Bruning, ODOT press secretary. “There’s a lot of planning and coordination and analysis that goes with doing a move like that.” The Department of Transportation has been planning the route for months, ensuring that bridges and roadways could handle the loads coming for them. Power lines were moved underground or extended so work crews could lift them over the loads. 

The Ohio Department of Transportation has shared a timetable for how long they will be dealing with the super loads. Bruning shared that other companies are piggybacking on the super load route plans now that accommodations have already been made. “It is kind of abnormal to see this many in this close succession. Usually, you have a couple, and you may not see another load like that for years,” he said. The summer of road closures is here for Ohio, thanks to Intel.

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