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Massive transformer move will cause traffic delays in Colorado Springs

Posted at 5:24 PM, Aug 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 09:12:15-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — UPDATE: The effort to move the transformer is now scheduled to begin Monday night at 10 p.m. (August 26).
Heads up if you're traveling down Academy Blvd. in the Springs late Sunday night.

According to Colorado Spring Utilities (CSU), a 250,000 pound electrical transformer will be creeping along Academy Blvd. to its final destination after traveling more than 1,000 miles by railroad from Wisconsin.

CSU said that starting at 10 p.m. Sunday night near Drennan Rd. and Astrozon Blvd., a 96-wheel trailer will carry the transformer to the Colorado Springs Utilities' Cottonwood Substation, which is located north of the Woodmen Rd. and Stinson Rd. intersection.

The police-escorted move is expected to be finished by 5 a.m. Monday morning, according to CSU.

The $2 million new transformer will replace the 45-year-old one currently in use. CSU said the old one will be used as part of the utility's emergency spare strategy, which is a key part of preparation for, and rapid recovery from severe natural and man-made disasters.