Huge generator traveling through Tallahassee streets

Posted at 12:22 AM, Jan 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-25 00:36:15-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A massive generating unit was delivered by rail to Tallahassee and now is being slowly driven to its final destination.

The new generators are part of the Sub-12 reliability project, which began last summer and will provide a better and more reliable electric grid for critical customers serviced by the substation.

Two of the customers are Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare and the Tallahassee Police Department.

Each generator weighs 310,000 pounds.

They're be trucked in by a push-and-pull truck that's 254 feet in long with 12 axles. Each axle has eight tires on it.

It's expected to take more than eight hours to transport the first unit from the railyard near Roberts Avenue to substation 12 off Centerville Road near Betton Road.

In addition, two generators will provide backup power to the substation as needed, including during storms.

Construction is expected to be completed on the installation of both generators this summer.

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