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Route 7 closure overnight for transformer transportation

Route 7 in New Milford will be temporarily closed beginning at approximately 8:30pm, until 5am.  The closure between Pickett District Road and Route 55 is needed so  a transformer can be moved.  The transportation is being escorted and coordinated by Connecticut State Police. 

The transformer is headed to Dover Plains, New York, where Cricket Valley Energy Center is under construction.  The equipment is coming by rail from Alabama, and will enter Connecticut at the Massachusetts border. 

The natural gas-fired power plant, slated to open in 2020, has drawn air quality and pollution concerns from Kent area residents. 

Route 55 in New Milford and Sherman may be closed for a short duration on Friday as part of the scheduled transformer move.  Modifications or extensions may be necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions.