Massive transformer gets stuck for hours in move to Deerfield
By JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
April 18. 2018 1:45PM
(Jason Schreiber /Union Leader Correspondent)
This 515,000-pound transformer remained stuck on Route 43 in Deerfield Wednesday afternoon.
- A massive, 515,000-pound transformer on the move from Manchester to an Eversource substation in Deerfield has been stuck on Route 43 since Tuesday afternoon and likely won't be moved until Wednesday night, an official said.
The transformer trouble forced the closure of Route 43 near the intersection of Route 107. Traffic is being detoured as crews work to fix a mechanical problem with the trailer.
“It is a very unusual situation,” said Scott Boddy, project manager for Edwards Moving and Rigging, a Kentucky company hired to transport the transformer to a substation on Cate Road.
The company began moving the transformer early Tuesday morning in what was supposed to be a one-day operation, with the equipment arriving at the substation by Tuesday night, Boddy said.
The mechanical issue forced the moving crew to stop on Route 43 Tuesday afternoon.
“Right now, we're working to get the unit off the road. We're going to stage it across the street to a parking lot that was secured for the evening and then we'll work from there,” Boddy said.
Boddy said the trailer has 18 axles and is designed to carry such a heavy load. When asked if the weight could have been too much, Boddy said he didn't think that was the problem, but that he isn't exactly sure what caused the issue with the trailer.
“This is what we specialize in. There's a lot of planning that goes into this. There's a lot of preparation and review of all the processes that it takes. Unfortunately, we had a small mechanical issue that caused the delay,” he said.
Boddy said safety is the company's “No. 1 goal” and that it tries to plan for every possible situation.