UPDATE (10:48 a.m. Saturday) — The Superload is now preparing to enter the City of Ithaca at 9 a.m. Sunday, February 5.

According to the most recent information provided to the Ithaca Police Department, the route through the city will remain the same as previously anticipated.

UPDATE (10:57 a.m. Friday) — The shipment has been delayed, according to the Ithaca Police Department. We’ll post a new story/update when the route has been set again.

ITHACA, N.Y. — A General Electric turbine shipment will pass through Ithaca on Saturday and is expected to affect traffic, police say.

An 187-ton turbine is being trucked from the GE plant in Schenectady to a location in Pennsylvania, using a combination of non-interstate roads in Central New York, according to New York State Police.

On Saturday, the commercial load is scheduled to travel south through Ithaca. Combined, the truck and trailer are more than 380 feet long and 20 feet wide. Traffic patterns in Ithaca will be changed to accommodate the load, according to the Ithaca Police Department.

The load is scheduled to enter Ithaca on Route 34 (East Shore Drive) at 9:30 a.m. From there, the trucks are scheduled to take the following route through Ithaca:

  • Southbound on East Shore Drive
  • Southbound on New York State Route 13
  • Southbound on North/South Meadow Street (Meadow Street will be closed for this portion of the trip from the intersection of Meadow/Hancock to Meadow/Clinton)
  • Southbound on Elmira Road exiting the City of Ithaca

Anyone who finds themselves in the area while the load is traveling through Ithaca is advised to follow the directions of police officers and flaggers on the scene.

Due to the complexity of the logistics associated with towing such a long, heavy shipment, the timeframes could change on short notice.

Monitor local media outlets or the IPD Facebook page for updates or changes to traffic patterns. Motorists are asked to avoid the area while the shipment is traveling through.

Kelsey O'Connor

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at koconnor@ithacavoice.com and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.