NMDOT Announces Travel Delays In Northwest NM Ahead Of Heavy Equipment Transfer

State Police SUV next to transport trailer. Courtesy/NMDOT
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Department of Transportation announced that travelers should expect delays in northwest New Mexico this week due to trucks hauling extremely heavy loads to Utah.
The loads – which are the heaviest to ever be transported on New Mexico roadways – are transformers that will arrive in Thoreau, New Mexico, by train and will then be loaded onto the trucks.
The first transformer weighs more than 1.7 million pounds; the second weighs more than 1.6 million pounds. Each load will be 411 feet long, 22 feet wide and 19 feet tall, with one truck pulling and five trucks pushing each load.
Motorists are urged to plan ahead of time to avoid delays. The route for the first load is as follows:
  • (6 a.m.) Monday, 10/26/15  –  Depart Thoreau, NM and travel north on NM 371 to Navajo Route 9, near Crownpoint at approximately 10 mph.  Expected travel time is 4-5 hours.
  • (6 a.m.) Tuesday, 10/27/15  –  Depart and travel west on Navajo Route 9 to US 491 just north of Twin Lakes. 
  • (7 a.m.) Wednesday, 10/28/15  –  Depart and travel north on US 491 to US 64, south of Shiprock. Expected travel time is seven hours. 
  • (6 a.m.) Friday, 10/30/15  –  Depart and travel west on US 64 to the Arizona/NM Border. Expected travel time is three hours. 
NMDOT has been assured that the transportation won’t affect emergency vehicles. The New Mexico State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau will escort the caravan along all NM and US routes.
Once the transport is complete, the NMDOT will perform maintenance patrols along the NM and US routes to inspect for any impacts and/or damage to the roadway. 
If any are discovered, repairs will be made accordingly. The second load is tentatively scheduled to be hauled through New Mexico in two weeks.
Transformers like the ones that will be transported across northwest New Mexico. Courtesy/NMDOT