The second General Electric turbine on its way from Schenectady to the Scranton area arrived in Lansing on Monday as scheduled, and it will be a couple of days before it resumes its journey through Ithaca towards Pennsylvania.
This week’s major winter storm led Edwards Moving to pause the journey with the convoy hunkered down at The Rink on East Shore Drive, where it stopped in early February, as well.
High winds and resulting power outages early this month affected the availability of utility company crews, who must travel with the convoy. Bucket truck teams lift power lines out of the way as the turbine travels.
This week’s storm means New York State Police and New York State Department of Transportation personnel who need to accompany the turbine convoy are otherwise occupied. After the state of emergency is lifted in New York State and things get back to normal, they’ll be able to reschedule the rest of the trip.
Once they’re ready to resume the trek, 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.
They’ll plan to bring the turbine through Ithaca’s west end after rush hour on the selected morning. 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 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.
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 convoy travels between 2 and 4 miles per hour.
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.