TVA TRAFFIC ALERT - TVA Transporting Large Transformer to Raccoon Mountain Pump Storage Facility
November 13, 2013
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - A specialized transporter carrying a large power transformer to the Tennessee Valley Authority's Raccoon Mountain hydro pump storage facility in Hamilton County, Tenn., will briefly close Interstate 24 in Hamilton County on Sunday, Nov. 17.
Weather permitting the transport company will leave the railroad facility on Wauhatchi 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 close for approximately 10 minutes to allow for the equipment to 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. Local law enforcement agencies 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.
Jim Hopson, Chattanooga, 423-751-8008
TVA Public Relations, Knoxville, 865-632-6000