Large electric transformer moving from Martinsville to Bloomington substation
Expect travel delays on southbound S.R. 37
On Thursday, May 19, a large electric transformer is scheduled to move from a rail site in Martinsville to a substation north of Bloomington, impacting southbound travelers for up to 3 1/2 hours on S.R. 37. A second, shorter move will take place mid-morning on Friday, May 20 creating southbound delays that are expected to last up to 40 minutes.
Motorists travelling southbound on S.R. 37 are advised to avoid S.R. 37 at S.R. 44 south to Crossover Road area from approximately 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 19.
Heavy traffic delays are expected while the transformer is in transit. An alternative route is highly encouraged. If traveling south from the Indianapolis area, consider using S.R. 67 to Spencer and S.R. 46 to Bloomington. Motorists traveling behind the transformer should exit S.R. 37 on Old State Road 37 south of Martinsville and continue to S.R. 45/46 into Bloomington.
The trailer and transformer will be traveling at an average speed of 10 miles per hour or less.
On Friday, May 20, a second move will take place between 9 and 10 a.m. to complete the unit’s transfer to the substation. That move is expected to impact southbound traffic for 30 minutes depending upon traffic and the difficulty in making the turn from S.R. 37 to the south entrance of Crossover Road.
Hoosier Energy, power supplier for 18 electric distribution cooperatives in south and central Indiana and southeastern Illinois is coordinating the move with I-69 Partners and INDOT.
The transformer, which is used to raise and lower voltage, is essential for reliable power delivery in the central Indiana bulk electric system. Motorists will see push and pull semi-tractors moving the trailer, which is expected to take up both lanes on the highway. The transformer is more than 16 feet tall, 13 feet wide, 28 feet long and weighs more than 200 tons.
ABOUT HOOSIER ENERGY
Hoosier Energy is a generation and transmission cooperative (G&T) with headquarters in Bloomington, Indiana. The G&T provides electric power and services to 18 electric distribution cooperatives in southern and central Indiana and southeastern Illinois. Hoosier Energy operates the coal-fired Merom Generating Station, three natural gas power plants, several renewable energy facilities and a 1,700-mile transmission network. For more information, visit www.hepn.com.
Hoosier Energy, Mary Lynn Beaver, 317-752-5991, firstname.lastname@example.org