BATAVIA – Scientists from the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory will move a 50-foot-wide circular electromagnet from Lemont to the laboratory site in Batavia this week, necessitating rolling road closures overnight on two portions of the Illinois Tollway and several state and DuPage County roads.
The electromagnet (which is not magnetic until plugged in at Fermilab) arrived in Lemont on Saturday, and was moved from a barge to a specially designed truck, which will drive it along interstate routes and through suburban streets to Fermilab over three consecutive nights this week.
The full route and frequent updates about the move are posted at Fermilab’s Big Move website at http://muon-g-2.fnal.gov/bigmove.
The ring will be transported at night, using rolling roadblocks to close off intersections. The route includes portions of the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355) and the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), along with parts of state routes 53, 56 and 59 and several local roads.
The closures may affect those traveling during the overnight hours this week and drivers are advised to leave early in order to arrive at their destinations on time.
Crews will be working ahead of the moving truck to remove signs and other obstacles in the roadway, and will replace them as soon as the caravan moves through. Roads will be reopened as soon as possible, and traffic disruption will be kept to a minimum.
On Friday afternoon, the ring will move the final few miles across the Fermilab site.
The public is invited to come celebrate the ring’s arrival along with Fermilab scientists and employees, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Wilson Hall.