Transformer Delivery Expected to Slow I-70 Traffic

April 12, 2012 - TRAFFIC ADVISORY - Central Eastern Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - JEFFERSON/CLEAR CREEK COUNTIES – Drivers on westbound Interstate 70 should be prepared for some traffic slowing tomorrow while a 420,000 pound electrical transformer is moved from Genesee to Idaho Springs.

A hauling company is transporting the transformer for Xcel Energy.  Due to its size – 158 feet long, 20 feet wide, and 18 ½ feet tall – the vehicle will be moving slowly, a maximum of 20 mph.

Beginning at about 8 a.m., the truck begins moving west from the Buffalo Herd Overlook at Genesee, continuing to Evergreen Parkway.  From there, it travels west on U.S. 40 to the top of Floyd Hill, where it will rejoin I-70 and continue to Idaho Springs, exiting I-70 at the east of town. The truck travels to the west end of town on Colorado Boulevard (U.S. 6 & 40), where the transformer will be loaded onto another vehicle.

Hauling is scheduled to be completed by 2 p.m.

Traffic delays should be expected as the truck travels on I-70, especially along the two-lane segment from Floyd Hill to Idaho Springs.   The Colorado State Patrol will assist with the escort and Xcel will assist raising electrical wires as needed.