Delaware News

Transformers' slow sojourn through village continues

Some residents frustrated after Aug. 18 move takes 12+ hours


The second of five 450,000-pound transformers that American Electric Power Co. is moving through Sunbury to a new transmission substation east of town was to have been moved today, Aug. 25.

The first one went through Sunbury on Aug. 18; it took more than 12 hours for the oversized load to make it through town, Village Administrator David Martin told Village Council at its meeting Wednesday, Aug. 21.

"The top speed is three or four miles per hour," he said. "They're trying to iron out some of the difficulties."

Problems included getting stuck for 11/2 hours on Granville Street when the wheels on the oversized load starting spinning, he said. The entire load, including the large flatbed truck used to move the transformer, weighed in at 850,000 pounds.

A piece of heavy equipment was brought in to help pull the load up the street.

Another issue occurred on Granville Street when there was difficulty moving a mast arm for a traffic light to get the transformer through.

The journey, which resulted in the closing of several streets, originally was to take only a few hours. Martin said AEP is assessing the situation, and he anticipated the Aug. 25 move would be smoother.

No significant damage was caused to any streets the first time around. The company making the move -- Edwards Moving and Rigging -- has a $500,000 bond to cover damages.

Several residents complained about the disruption and the fact the move took more than 12 hours -- from 6 a.m. to just past 6:30 p.m.

Three other transformers will be moved through the village later this year. One move is set for September and another for October, Martin said. The date for the last move has not been set.