Massive Electrical Transformers Lifted into Place Despite Snags

Photo shows both transformers on their pads. Nov 7, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Photo shows two transformers on their pads at the new substation under construction at 290 Railroad Ave. Nov 7, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Progress on Eversource’s new substation at 290 Railroad Ave was visible on Thursday, with two large electrical transformers having been lifted into place despite a delay.

Eversource spokesperson Frank Poirot confirmed that the giant crane used to lift the transformers into place had broken down on Wednesday.

Poirot said the crane was repaired overnight.  

Field Point Rd Shut between Railroad Ave and RR bridge in downtown due to Eversource delivery of large part for substation project. Nov 6, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

The scene around 6pm – Field Point Rd Shut between Railroad Ave and RR bridge in downtown due to Eversource delivery of large part for substation project. Nov 6, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

In the meantime Greenwich Police Tweeted out a traffic advisory that Field Point Rd was closed between Railroad Ave and Prospect Street where the trailer was parked.

Poirot said the two transformers were unloaded Thursday morning and the large trucks that delivered them have left Greenwich.

At Thursday morning’s press briefing, Greenwich Police Lt Slusarz said it had been a challenge for the trailer to up onto Railroad Ave, but that it couldn’t go forward and fit under the low Railroad bridge.

Low Railroad bridge at the intersection of Field Point Rd and Prospect Street. Nov 6, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

“It required some effort to stop traffic, so they could back it up,” he said. “It didn’t go off as scheduled. A crane was involved.”

Poirot said Field Point Road is expected to reopen as scheduled at 3:00pm on Thursday.

Crane at 290 Railroad Avenue. Nov 7, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

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Crane at 290 Railroad Avenue. Nov 7, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Crane at 290 Railroad Avenue. Nov 7, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Crane at 290 Railroad Avenue. Nov 7, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Worker atop electrical transformer inside partial walls of new substation at 290 Railroad Ave. Nov 7, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Worker atop electrical transformer inside partial walls of new substation at 290 Railroad Ave. Nov 7, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

See also:

Downtown Greenwich Road Closed Due to Eversource Delivery of Large Part for Substation Project

Eversource to Deliver Two Big (14 Ft Tall, 148,000 Lbs) Pieces of Equipment to Greenwich