600,000 Pounds Moving

Possible Delays in Oconee

Stacie Bartro
September 04, 2019 - 8:54 am

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Starting Thursday, September 5th Duke Energy will manage the movement of the first of two 150-ton transformers to the Jocassee Hydro Station.

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The transformers will be hauled by truck from West Union, S.C., to Jocassee in Salem, S.C.

During these heavy equipment moves, traffic on Highway 11 and Jocassee Lake Road through Devils Fork State Park will encounter lengthy delays.

Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes on the scheduled move dates. Moving the transformer along the 20-mile route could take up to two days depending on conditions.

The schedule and duration of the move could change depending on weather and other conditions. The second transformer is currently scheduled to be moved the week of September 9th. [~ Anne Robards]

Press Release concerning Transformers moves from the Oconee County Sheriff's Office:

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Alerts the Public of Possible Traffic Delays (Via Duke Energy)

Starting Sept. 5, Duke Energy will manage the movement of the first of two 150-ton transformers to the Jocassee Hydro Station. The transformers will be hauled by truck from West Union, S.C., to Jocassee in Salem, S.C., using the route shown in the attached map. The second transformer is currently scheduled to be moved the week of Sept. 9.

During these heavy equipment moves, traffic on Highway 11 and Jocassee Lake Road through Devils Fork State Park will encounter lengthy delays. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes on the scheduled move dates.

Moving the transformer along the 20-mile route could take up to two days depending on conditions. The schedule and duration of the move could change depending on weather and other conditions.

Heavy equipment move details

Edwards Moving & Rigging will be moving the transformer by truck and trailer. The trailer load is 90 feet long, 16 feet wide and 20 feet high and weighs about 221 tons.   

Motorists should expect the longest delays along State Road 11 and especially Jocassee Lake Road, which is narrow and winding. No passing will be allowed on either of these roads.

However, pull-off locations have been identified to provide access for emergency response vehicles and to minimize traffic buildups.

Electronic roadway signs will provide advance notification to drivers along affected routes.

Local law enforcement will escort the transport trucks, which will be moving 2 to 15 mph.

Updates on the schedule will be provided to local media and will also be available at Duke Energy’s World of Energy at Oconee Nuclear Station.

Route.  The routes were chosen to avoid major roadways and minimize impacts to motorists and residents:

West on Burns Mill Road

Northwest on Main Street

Northeast on Neville Street

Northeast on SC-11

North on Jocassee Lake Road

Oconee County Sheriff's Office
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