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Super Load Slows Lycoming County Traffic

MONTGOMERY, Pa. — A slow-moving super load reached its destination in Lycoming County Monday afternoon after some traffic tie-ups during the day. The tran...

MONTGOMERY, Pa. -- A slow-moving super load reached its destination in Lycoming County Monday afternoon after some traffic tie-ups during the day.

The transformer left Montgomery around 7:30 a.m. Monday and began creeping its way along Route 15 toward South Williamsport at 5 miles per hour.

The 480,000-pound transformer on wheels is being transported by Edwards Moving and Rigging, a company based in Kentucky.

"We had a rail siding in Montgomery off of Coppers Lane that we were using to receive it, and then we are moving it to a substation on West Mountain Avenue in South Williamsport," explained project manager Zachary Patterson.

It took several hours for the super load to travel through a portion of Lycoming County.

"Wheels were rolling at 7:32 this morning, and we are at about our halfway point, so this total trip is probably going to take six to seven hours," Patterson said.

The transformer is being moved from Montgomery to South Williamsport by a self-propelled trailer, which means there is no truck attached to it, and it moves about 5 miles per hour.

"We were just wondering what was going on because all of the traffic was jammed up, and then we drove by and saw this massive oversized load, not really sure what was on it, but it was huge. It literally took up both the streets," said Sawyer Aiken.

Those watching the oversized load were amazed to find out that the transport was being controlled by a remote.

"It doesn't make sense that he is sitting in front controlling with like an RC car controller, you know, but it is pretty crazy," Mikey Gonzalez said.

The super load arrived safely in South Williamsport Monday afternoon, and Route 15 was reopened.

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