Expect Traffic Delays During Equipment Move

Motorists are advised to expect some brief traffic delays as a new, large, electric substation transformer is delivered from its temporary storage location at Mid-State Lumber on King's Highway in Warwick to its final destination at a new electric substation under construction on Sugar Loaf Mountain Road in Chester.

The transformer will be moved on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 9 a.m. by a heavy-duty, hydraulic, flat-bed trailer truck approximately 4.5 miles. The transformer will be trucked out of Mid-State Lumber, and will traverse Kings Highway, Lake Station, Bellvale, Gibson Hill, Laroe and Sugar Loaf Mountain Roads.

Once the transformer arrives at the substation site on Sugar Loaf Mountain Road, the road will be closed briefly — approximately a half hour — so that the transformer can be moved into its position in the station.

The transformer will have an Orange County Sheriff's Department escort along county roads and a Chester Police Department escort on town roads. The move is expected to take approximately four to five hours. The move is scheduled to be completed by early afternoon.

All local permits are in place and notifications to public officials and neighbors adjacent to the substation are being made.

This device is a 345kV/138kV electric substation transformer which is used to reduce high voltage electricity to lower voltage electricity for delivery to customers. The transformer is 30 feet long, 10.5 feet wide and 16 feet high. It weighs approximately 350,000 pounds.

The transformer was custom-made in the Netherlands where it began its 21-day journey by river barge to Antwerp and then ocean freighter to Port Newark. From there, a freight train hauled the transformer to a siding at Mid-State Lumber in Warwick.

Orange and Rockland Utilities (O&R), Con Edison of New York and Central Hudson Gas & Electric are jointly building a new transmission project, part of which is located on Sugar Loaf Mountain.

This project benefits customers by, among other things, bringing cheaper upstate power to the downstate region to help stabilize or lower customer bills, providing another source of electric transmission to help improve service reliability and offering more capacity to the Lower Hudson Valley to help reduce the impact of high capacity-zone changes.