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This giant, 460,000-pound rotor, will be halded from Los Alamos through Santa Fe and onto Clovis on its way to a repair site starting Friday morning. It i part of Los Alamos National Laboratory's Motor-Generator, with a power output capacity of 1.4 billion watts, energy storage of 1.2 gigajoules, and requiring a dedicated 12,000 square-foot building. (Courtesy LANL) moswald@abqjournal.com Wed Oct 16 14:57:00 -0600 2019 1571259417 FILENAME: 1579378.jpg

CLOVIS (KSMX)- A 460, 000-pound rotor will be moving from Los Alamos National Laboratory to Clovis beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, potentially causing delays for drivers in Northern New Mexico, the Department of Transportation warned on Wednesday.

From Clovis, the laboratory rotor-which is 69 feet long and 6 feet in diameter-will be transported via train to Richmond, Va. for repairs. The rotor is non-military and contains no hazardous or radioactive materials.

Construction on N.M. 599 will force the truck-and-trailer transport to pass through the city of Santa Fe late Friday morning.

The transport could take as many as three days to arrive in Clovis. A police escort will alert drivers to slow down. The transport will travel between 25 to 40 miles per hour.

Motorists can expect delays if caught behind the transport and may want to seek an alternate route. After repairs, the rotor will be transported back to Los Alamos by similar means at an as-yet-undetermined date and time.

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