TVA Moves Large Transformer to Raccoon Mountain
January 2, 2014
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – A specialized transporter carrying a large power transformer to the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Raccoon Mountain Pumped Storage Facility in Hamilton County, Tenn., will briefly close Interstate 24 in Hamilton County on Sunday morning, Jan. 5.
Weather permitting, the transport company will leave the CSX railroad facility on Wauhatchie Pike in Chattanooga at 7:30 a.m. EST. The 500,000-pound load will travel along Cummings Highway (U.S. Highway 41/64/72) and Raccoon Mountain Road to the plant site.
Because the transporter is too large to go under the interstate overpass, I-24 at exit 174 will be closed for approximately 10 minutes so the equipment can travel up the on-ramp, across the highway median and then back down the off-ramp.
The interstate crossing will occur around 8:30 a.m. The Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Department of Transportation will be assisting in the escort and temporary interstate closure.
Motorists traveling these routes may experience delays and should use caution.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.