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Friday, February 25, 2011

Huge transformer maneuvers through Cherokee

On Tuesday, a tractor trailer rig owned by Perkins Specialized Transportation Contraction of Northfield, Minn. was hauling a 525,000-pound electrical transformer from Napoleon N.D. to Adrian, Iowa (in Crawford County) when it was faced with a little snag along the way. The truck's heavy load was too tall to fit under the stoplights at the corner of Main Street and U.S. Hwy 59 in downtown Cherokee. For about 20 minutes, traffic was tied up while the truck carefully maneuvered around the east stoplight. The trailer, along with a second push truck that was attached, had 18-foot adjustable hydraulic axles that were proven extremely versatile to hook around the east stoplight.

To get under the west stoplight, a boom truck used a set of towing straps to wrap around the top of the west stoplight and gently lift it until the transformer was clear.

A Perkins spokesman reported that the load made it to its destination and was unloaded on Thursday. The company explained that the mega transformer was part of a defunct wind turbine project in North Dakota and is now going to be used for a new wind turbine project in Adrian.

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