|"Super load"- Motorists should expect delays|
Indiana County, PA (April 14) – PennDOT Engineering District 10 is advising motorists that a temporary moving road closure will occur on Route 22 East and 119 North between Blairsville and Homer City, Indiana County, from 9 a.m. to 2.30 p.m., on Monday, April 17, 2006.
The temporary road closure is necessary for the delivery of a new main power transformer that will replace a transformer that failed at the Homer City Generating Station on January 29, 2006. The transformer weighs approximately 774,000 pounds. Along with the equipment needed to move the transformer, the total weight will be approximately 1.4 million pounds—making it the heaviest roadway move in the history of the Commonwealth.
The super load will depart from Blairsville on Cornell Road, head east on Route 22 to the 119 North interchange, then travel north on Route 119 to Lucernemines Road, just north of Homer City Borough. There the transformer will be offloaded onto a train for final transport to the Homer City Generating Station.
Motorists are asked to use an alternate route, use caution, stay alert and be patient during the temporary closure. PennDOT and the State Police also remind motorists not to park along any shoulders during the move. For safety reasons, observers should keep a safe distance so as not to interfere with the move. Motorists are asked to consider the alternate routes of Routes 954/56/22 or Routes 286/217.
The emergency move was made possible as a result of partnership effort between the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Homer City Generating Station, Indiana County Emergency Management Agency, Midwest Generation and State and local law enforcement agencies and local elected officials.
For more information about the move, contact Midwest Generation Director of Customer Relations Doug McFarlan at 312-583-6024 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or PennDOT Community Relations Coordinator Shawn Houck at (724)357-2843.