Detours expected along Route 97 in Westminster Sunday

The State Highway Administration announced Wednesday that detours can be expected along Route 97 between Westminster and Littlestown, Pa., Sunday as a 370,000-pound power transformer is transported through the area.

The transformer, destined for Pennsylvania, will depart Westminster at 6 a.m. Sunday and slowly travel north to Gettysburg on Route 97. It is expected to cross the Pennsylvania state line at 6 a.m. Monday morning, according to an SHA news release.

Because of the size and weight of the transformer, special equipment will be installed on several bridges between Westminster and Littlestown ahead of time and will be removed after the transformer is across each bridge. While the bridge equipment is in place, traffic will be detoured in both directions of Route 97, using Bachman Valley Road, Hanover Pike and Baltimore Pike, according to SHA.

Traffic control crews will be stationed at interscetions along Route 97 to direct traffic and will allow access for emergency vehicles and local traffic. Motorists in Westminster should also expect delays on Hahn Road and Englar Road Sunday morning between 5 and 7 a.m., according to the news release.

For information and updates during the move, call 603-617-6814.

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