A plan to move a nearly 400,000 pound transformer more than five miles to the new Briggs Road substation in Holmen has been delayed due to recent weather.
The transformer converts electrical power from higher to lower voltages and is part of the CapX2020 Project.
The transformer was supposed to from County Road Z and Lytle road to the new Briggs Road substation, but because of the weight of the transformer and the equipment used to move it, crews had to find an alternative route. But the recent weather made it impossible for crews to transport it.
“We transported it down the road which our intention is to make it over the substation across the farmers’ field but with all this rain obviously we can't move. We are going to have to stage it here until dryer weather,” said Jeff Schmidt, operator of Vic’s Crane & Heavy Haul.
The trailer that moves the transformer is run by remote control and does not require a driver.
Construction on the Briggs Road Substation began in July 2013 and is expected to be complete in May 2015. It’s one of six substations on the Capx2020 Hampton-Rochester-La Crosse project. A total of three new substations will be constructed and three substations will be expanded.
The Wisconsin segment of the CapX2020 project is jointly owned by Xcel Energy, Dairyland Power Cooperative and WPPI Energy.