Thursday, December 1, 2022

Ever seen a 400,000-pound, 18-foot-tall transformer on the road? Here’s your chance

It was slow going, but the first of Dominion Energy transformer hit the road Wednesday night.

It was an unusual sight: A tractor-trailer carrying the 18-foot-tall, 400,000-pound transformer crawling along Lafayette Street just before midnight Wednesday.

The transformer was being moved from Lightfoot to the Skiffes Creek Switching Station, where it will operate alongside six others. A second transformer is scheduled to be moved Thursday night.

It was transported by crews from Dominion, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and state and local police. Police escorted the caravan, shutting down roads and blocking intersections. Crews also lit the route and escorted the convoy under overhead power lines.

The Skiffes Creek project includes the construction of 17 towers — some as tall as 295 feet — to carry an electrical transmission line over the James River. The project will bring power from Dominion’s Surry County nuclear plant to lower James City County.

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