Turbine will reach Lansing tonight, Ithaca Sunday, on long trek through Central New York

That 187-ton General Electric turbine is ahead of today’s schedule, and will come through Ithaca on Sunday after spending Saturday night parked in Lansing, according to a representative of Edwards Moving.

Update: What do you need to know about the turbine crossing Ithaca on Sunday?

Nap time. The roughly 400-ton transport rests on wooden platforms each night. Photo by Dean O’Gorman of Capture It!

Larry Fye of Edwards, a moving company that specializes in transporting extra large or extra heavy loads, told 14850 Today that the turbine was moving along Route 281 this morning, after spending the night at the Preble town barn. It made a turn onto Route 222 at about 10:30 this morning.

The convoy spent a couple of nights in Cazenovia, waiting while the trucking company paused the transport to re-evaluate a turn later on the route. The process was originally scheduled to reach Ithaca on Friday, and then on Saturday.

“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 release from the New York State Police.

The turbine convoy makes the turn from Route 281 onto Route 222 in Cortland. Photo by Dean O’Gorman.

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 and spend the night in the parking area at The Rink, south of Rogues Harbor.

Teams lay out wooden platforms before the convoy stops for the night, so the extremely heavy load can be spread out. Some of this week’s platforms were splintering under the load; officials tell us they were the wrong type of wood.

The enormous transport includes drivers in front of and behind the turbine, with trucks to both pull and push. Photo by Dean O’Gorman.

Tomorrow, 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 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.

Transiting Route 222. Photo by Dean O’Gorman.

“We’ll be going down to Ithaca first thing tomorrow morning,” Mr. Fye tells us.

The Ithaca Police Department has provided some info about crossing Meadow Street in Ithaca’s west end as the turbine passes.

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. After Ithaca, the transport will head south on Route 34 towards Spencer. To avoid a low-clearance railroad bridge, it will turn left onto Hillview, and pass a gravel pit. At the T at Michigan Hollow Road, Mr. Fye says they have obtained a farmer’s permission to cross the field, and then rejoin Michigan Hollow on the other side.

The turbine convoy will stay put on Monday for a mandatory “DOT reset,” Mr. Fye says, before continuing on Tuesday morning down Michigan Hollow Road to rejoin Route 34, which it will take into Spencer.

“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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