Day 2 of Fermilab’s Big Move

Fermilab’s Muon g-2 is one step closer to it’s new home here in Illinois.

Members of the public and Fermilab staff gathered today in Lemont as the 50-foot wide electromagnet was taken off the barge it arrived on yesterday.

After unhooking the magnet from the barge, crews moved the Muon g-2 by crane onto the special truck to prepare for the next phase of the big move.

With the magnet safely off the water, many on the project could breathe a small sigh of relief that this leg was compete.

“Once it’s here and at the laboratory there’s still a lot of work to be done,” said Muon g-2 Project Manager Chris Polly. “The experiment won’t be ready to take data until 2016, but this was sort of the riskiest part of the whole thing. It’s a relief to see it here and off the water.”

Over the next roughly 48 hours…the Illinois Department of transportation will be inspecting the ring and the truck to clear it for the final leg of tricky travel using I-88 and I-355 over three nights this week from Lemont to Fermilab in Bativia.

“We sort of had a practice run for this out in New York,” said Polly. “We had to transport through about six miles of fairly easy road. It’s fairly different than traveling through Chicago suburbs closing down two interstates in the process. It’s nice the final leg is here, but it’s going to be an exciting week.”

Local legislators say this magnet is a great addition to the western suburbs.

“I got involved with the g-2 project about a year ago at this time,” said Illinois Congressman Mike Fortner of the 49th District. “This is a really exciting project for Fermilab, for the area around Fermilab, and for the whole state of Illinois.”

The truck transport portion of the move is scheduled to begin at 11 p.m. on Tuesday July 23 and Naperville News 17 will be there to cover that next step.

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