ITHACA — After being delayed during the blizzard, the second General Electric turbine will make its way through Ithaca on Friday. Local traffic will be impacted.
The Ithaca Police Department said the commercial load or “superload” is more than 380 feet long and 20 feet wide. Traffic patterns in Ithaca will be changed to accommodate the shipment.
This GE turbine load is just like the one that passed through Ithaca on Feb. 5. The 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. The turbine was initially supposed to come through Ithaca on Tuesday, but had to wait at The Rink in Lansing until the storm passed and roads were clear.
The load is scheduled to enter Ithaca on Route 34 (East Shore Drive) at 9:30 a.m. Friday. From there it will take the following path:
- 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
People who do find themselves in the area the load is traveling through are urged to follow the directions of police officers and flaggers on the scene. Monitor local media or the IPD Facebook page for updates and changes in traffic patterns Friday.
Motorists are asked to avoid the area while the shipment travels through Ithaca.
Featured image: A General Electric turbine shipment made its way slowly through Ithaca on Sunday, drawing onlookers along Route 13. Sam Scott/Ithaca Voice