TYRONE - Gamesa Technology Corp. Inc. began removing turbine blades Wednesday that it had stored at the site of its Sandy Ridge Wind Farm near here.
Project Manager Josh Framel said the company is transporting three blades daily for nine days, with each blade requiring a single truck with a police escort. He said PennDOT approved the plan, and local officials along the travel route were notified.
Framel said the finished blades are being moved from storage at the site in Taylor Township, Centre County, to an undisclosed construction site for immediate use.
Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski
Atractor-trailer hauling a wind turbine blade gets bound-up at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and East 14th Street.
Each blade measures about 144 feet long and weighs about 12,786 pounds.
There was a minor crash in Tyrone as one of the trucks drove through the borough, Police Chief John Romeo said.
"They got tied up and got off course a little bit," Romeo said.
Nine of the 25 turbines for the 50-megawatt project at Sandy Ridge have been erected, although the blades have not been attached, Framel said. Each turbine uses three blades.
Framel said the project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.