Mid-day travel problems to slow drivers traveling from Martinsville to Bloomington on Thursday

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—Indiana Department of Transportation officials strongly urge motorists to avoid traveling southbound State Road 37 this Thursday, May 19th,  between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. between Martinsville and Bloomington.  A jumbo transformer weighing 200 tons is scheduled for delivery from rail yards at Martinsville to Hoosier Energy’s Bloomington Transmission Substation.

  • It will occupy both southbound lanes of S.R. 37.
  • It will travel at a speed of approximately 10 mph.
  • The 13-mile trek will take about 3½ hours to complete.

Drivers should consider these alternative routes:

—S.R. 67 Martinsville to Spencer, S.R. 46 Spencer to Bloomington

—Old S.R. 37 south of Martinsville to S.R. 45/46 at Bloomington

NOTE:  S.R. 135 is closed at Morgantown.

The Hoosier Energy transformer—which measures 16 feet in height, 13 feet in width and 28 feet in length—will enter S.R. 37 at S.R. 44 on the north side of Martinsville blocking all lanes at the intersection for approximately 15 minutes. Indiana State Police will escort the 345-kilovolt to 230-kilovolt transformer being pushed and pulled by semi-tractors on a trailer weighing 600,000 pounds total weight to Sylvan Lane about 4 miles north of College Avenue in Monroe County.  At that location, it will placed in the median—restoring S.R. 37 southbound traffic flow.

On Friday,May  20th, motorists will again be impacted while the transformer is moved to Hoosier Energy’s substation at Crossover Road.  Officials anticipate a 30-minute delay to traffic on S.R. 37 at Crossover Road.

The move is being made under a permit issued by the state.