TVA Moves Large Transformer to Raccoon Mountain Pumped Storage Facility
November 16, 2012
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. ― A special transporter will briefly close Interstate 24 in Hamilton County on Sunday, Nov. 18, when a large power transformer is moved from a railroad yard in Chattanooga to the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Raccoon Mountain Pumped Storage facility. The closure is expected to last 15 minutes.
Weather permitting, the transport company will begin hauling the over 400,000-pound transformer from the rail yard on Wauhatchie Pike at approximately 7 a.m. EST. The transformer will take a route along Cummings Highway (U.S. Highway 41/64/72) to the Raccoon Mountain plant.
I-24 will close briefly when the transporter reaches the Exit 174 overpass. Because the transporter will be too tall to go under the highway overpass, it will travel up the on-ramp, across the median and down the off-ramp.
The interstate crossing will occur around 8:30 a.m. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee Department of Transportation will escort the transporter and assist with the road closure. Motorists traveling these routes should use caution.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for business customers and distribution utilities that serve 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average. TVA, which receives no taxpayer money and makes no profits, also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.
Travis Brickey, Knoxville, 865-632-6263
TVA Public Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000