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Barnhart Powers Forward in Transformer Transport

Market: Nuclear Power

Location: Pennsylvania

The Challenge

A customer contracted Barnhart Crane & Rigging Co. to transport a main power transformer over twenty-seven miles of road. Overpasses and creeks made the transport very difficult as overhead obstructions and water forced the team to reconsider the route.

The Solution

A temporary median crossing over I-95 allowed the team to move safely under the interstate, and the incorporation of large bridge jumpers helped the trailer transport safely over both large and small creeks.

The Description

The project called Barnhart to transport a main power transformer through Maryland and Pennsylvania. Once the crew loaded the transformer to the Goldhofer trailer, the massive piece of machinery extended twenty-seven feet above the ground, which made passing under Interstate-95 impossible.

Several creeks also hindered the project as four creeks exceeded thirty feet in width, two of which reached over 100 feet across. The use of 113-foot and thirty-foot bridge jumpers over these creeks made the crossing much more simple and safer.

Barnhart finished the job on schedule with absolutely no safety accidents.

Major Equipment Used

  • Goldhofer Trailer
  • Three Heavy Prime Movers
  • 113′ Bridge Jumpers
  • 60′ Barge Ramps
  • 30′ Bridge Jumpers