GE turbine is on the road again, after a delay in Cazenovia

A 187-ton General Electric turbine that’s being trucked from Schenectady to Scranton is back on the road after a delay in Cazenovia, but it’s not expected to reach Ithaca on Saturday morning. It will spend Friday night at the town barn in Preble before resuming its route.

Update: Turbine will reach Lansing tonight, Ithaca Sunday

An initial schedule for the transport anticipated the large commercial truck, towing its large commercial load, reaching Cazenovia on Wednesday, Homer on Thursday, and Ithaca on Friday, February 3rd, but public information officer Jamie Williamson of the Ithaca Police Department says Ithaca officials no longer expect the transport to reach Ithaca on Saturday morning.

A General Electric turbine being transported through Central New York this week by truck. Photo courtesy of Doug Goddard.

Trooper Nathan Riegal of the New York State Police confirmed for us that the transport was delayed in Cazenovia, and wouldn’t be leaving there before Friday morning. The trucking company paused the transport to re-evaluate a turn later on the route.

“The slow-moving, 345-foot long by 20-foot wide transporter vehicle, with a total weight of nearly 450 tons, will significantly affect traffic in both directions as it makes its way west then south,” according to an initial NYSP release.

The vehicle will take Route 281 into Cortland County, Route 222 into Tompkins County, Salt Road and Peruville Road into Lansing, and then turn south onto Route 34. The transport will head south on Route 34, East Shore Drive, into the City of Ithaca, then proceed south on Route 13 into Ithaca’s west end.

The GE turbine transport on its way to Preble on Friday afternoon. Photo courtesy of Dean O’Gorman.

The truck will take Meadow Street through the west end, then proceed south out of Ithaca, taking Elmira Road onto Route 34. Meadow Street, the northbound portion of Route 13 in Ithaca’s west end, will be closed to all traffic so the truck can drive south on Meadow Street instead of Fulton Street.

The Ithaca Police Department has not responded to our questions about how and whether motorists will be able to cross Meadow Street before and after the truck and turbine pass.

The GE turbine is being trucked from the company’s plant in Schenectady to its destination, a power plant outside Scranton, Pennsylvania, according to The Morning Call.

“Motorists driving on the affected roads should be on the lookout and should seek out alternate routes when this behemoth is in their area,” warns the New York State Police bulletin. “Because of the shipment’s weight and the size of the transport vehicle, it is tough to predict exactly where and when the turbine will be at any particular moment.”

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