HAVRE de GRACE, Md. (WMAR) - A giant transformer is set to move through Have de Grace on it's way to Peach Bottom, PA this week as part of Exelon's $87 million plan for continued electricity reliability.
Exelon is working closely with state and local officials to safely and effectively transport a man power transformer with minimal impact to traffic. The transformer is the last of seven to be moved over the last 3 years as part of a plan to improve long-term power service.
The 481,000 pound, 35 foot tall, 28 foot wide transformer was recently shipped from Korea to Philadelphia and then barged to Havre de Grace. Today, Hake Rigging Company will begin the transportation along designated routes through Harford and southern York County.
The transporter will move along at about 3-5 mph and most of the travel will take place at night to minimize traffic congestion as much as possible.
The unit is scheduled to arrive at Peach Bottom on Friday, June 29.
For the past 6 months, Exelon has been working with Hake Rigging as well as local officials to coordinate the effort. Detours and road closures will be clearly marked in advance and a coordinated outreach plan was designed to notify residents and businesses along the travel route.
Exelon has also created a 24-hour "Transport Tracker" hotline to provide travels with up to date information on the transformer's location. The number is 717-456-4932.
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