The second GE turbine is on its way to Ithaca

The 187-ton General Electric turbine that moved slowly through Ithaca last month has a twin, and it’s on its way from Schenectady. It will reach Ithaca in a few days.

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

Edwards Moving tells us that the turbine should reach Bridgewater by the end of today, and Cazenovia by the end of the day on Friday. It left Schenectady on Tuesday. The turbines are the largest ever delivered fully assembled from GE, with a modular design that will let a power plant operator put them right in place.

Depending on weather conditions and utility crew availability, the second turbine should reach the Ithaca area on Sunday or Monday.

According to Edwards Moving, the journey for this second turbine was delayed because utility companies didn’t have crews available to travel with the convoy. Bucket truck teams lift power lines out of the way as the turbine travels, as seen in this photo from last month.

Traffic along the entire route through Central New York will be affected. “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 referring to the first turbine.

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. Three more similar turbines will be heading to another destination over the next several weeks.

“Motorists driving on the affected roads should be on the lookout and should seek out alternate routes when this behemoth is in their area,” warned 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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