Next two GE turbines will bypass Ithaca entirely

If you were looking forward to three more General Electric turbines coming through Central New York, you might have to do a little traveling to see them! The next two, at least, are taking a different route that skips Ithaca.

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

Two GE turbines moved through Ithaca this February and March on their way from the General Electric plant in Schenectady to Moxie Energy’s Freedom Generation Plant, and as we reported in March, there are three more heading to another plant.

The three new turbines are heading to the site of the Lackawanna Energy Center, a state-of-the-art 1,480 megawatt power plant in Jessup, Pennsylvania that developer Invenergy says will “use less fuel and generate fewer emissions.”

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.

The first of three turbines heading to the Lackawanna plant will leave Schenectady next Tuesday morning, May 2nd, but after the first day, will take U.S. Route 12 south towards, and around the east side of, Binghamton, then take Route 11 into Pennsylvania.

Edwards Moving tells us the tighter timeline will include a 54-mile travel day on Wednesday, which will take the turbine to a spot just south of Sherburne to spend the night.

Traffic along the entire route through Central New York will be affected. Bucket truck teams lift power lines out of the way as the turbine travels, as seen in this photo from February. “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.

“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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