SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation, State Police and Motor Transportation Police will be working together to coordinate the transport of a 910,000 lb. transformer for Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Inc.
The transformer will be driven on a 20’ x 290’ trailer from Santo Domingo Pueblo to Chili (north of Espanola) beginning Tuesday, June 18 and arriving at its final destination the next day. The transport trailer will take up two lanes along the route and will travel at speeds varying from 5 to 30 mph.
The transport will begin Tuesday at 9 p.m. at the New Mexico Rail Runner KEWA Pueblo Station. It will head north on N.M. 22 (KEWA Pueblo) then southbound on N.M. 16 (Cochiti) en route to I-25. Motorists traveling in this direction along N.M. 22 and N.M. 16 from 9-11:30 p.m. will be affected by this slow moving vehicle. Motorists traveling in the opposite direction will be detoured around the trailer as it approaches.
At 11:30 p.m., the trailer will utilize the southbound lanes of I-25 at the Cochiti Exit (Exit 263) traveling north to the Waldo Canyon Interchange (Exit 267). The southbound lanes of I-25 between these exits will be closed from 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. The I-25 Waldo Canyon Interchange on-ramp to southbound I-25 and crossroad will also be closed during this time.
The trailer will continue northbound on I-25 onto N.M. 599, U.S. 84/285 and N.M. 502 until 5:30 a.m. Intersections along N.M. 599 and N.M. 502 will be temporarily closed to allow the trailer to pass through. It will then be removed from travel lanes to avoid impacting morning commuters.
The transport will resume at 9 a.m. on N.M. 502 heading westbound to N.M. 30 then northbound into Espanola. Drivers in the opposite direction along N.M. 30 will be detoured around the transformer. Intersections along this route will be closed as it passes through.
The trailer will continue northbound on U.S. 84/285 through Espanola to the Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative on U.S. 84, approximately 7 miles north of the U.S. 285 Junction. Intersections along U.S. 84/285 in Espanola will be temporarily closed to allow the trailer to pass through.
Notifications and closures will be posted and updated on the NMDOT road and travel advisory website at http://nmroads.com/