Massive transformers on the highways destined for Monticello
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Components for the Latigo Wind Park have been coming to Monticello for several weeks, including massive blades that are 209 feet long.

They will pale in comparison, however, to two massive transformers that will roll through the county beginning this weekend. The transformers will be an important part of the wind park project.

The transformers will travel along Highway 191, from the Arizona state line to Monticello. It will take up to three days to move the load 72 miles and will be the heaviest load ever to be transported on Utah public roads.

The largest transformer is more than 411 feet long and up to 26 feet wide. It weighs more than 850 tons (1.7 million pounds). The length of the transformer is twice as long as the turbine blades.

The second transformer is smaller and will arrive two weeks after the first.

The load will move at about five miles per hour and will need to stop on occasion to let traffic pass. The load is shared by one truck pulling and five trucks pushing. It will take a significant amount of time for the loads simply to make it through the main intersections in Blanding and Monticello.

The transformers were made in China and transported to the United States through the Panama Canal. They were taken from ship to rail lines in Houston, TX and transported by rail to Thoreau, NM, which is near Gallup, NM.

According to the Farmington Daily Times, the first transformer was expected to leave Thoreau on Monday. Traveling at a rate of five miles per hour, the load is expected to arrive on Highway 64 at the Arizona-New Mexico line by Friday. The trip into Utah is expected to begin as early as Saturday.

The Utah Highway Patrol will accompany the convoy as it travels through the area.
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