Giant Boiler Backs up Michiana Traffic

It may have caught your eye or held you up in traffic; a giant boiler was moved from Mishawaka to Notre Dame Campus Monday.

It forced police to close down parts of Edision Road.

At first, it was tough to tell what it is.

Phil Schemahorn saw the boiler. He said, “By being so large it requires special permits and transportation which is rather interesting. It's not an event that happens everyday.”

The closer it gets, the more the reality of its massive size sets in.

A new boiler headed to Notre Dame shut down streets with all the makings of a presidential motorcade.

Traffic, as you can imagine was a problem for some commuters.

Pam Best was stuck in traffic behind the boiler. “We got to it when it was turning onto this road and we were just sitting there forever and their was traffic way behind us, there was tons of traffic” Best said.

To give you an example on how big the boiler is: It is 20 feet high, almost 55 feet long and weighs an astounding 244 tons.

The boiler began its 3 hour journey from Home Street Industrial Park in Mishawaka, down Grape and Edison Road, to Notre Dame, traveling at a speedy 5MPH.

Power lines needed to be lifted by hand to allow for the boiler to safely clear underneath.

The boiler will be part of a new addition to a power plant already on campus.

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