Wind-turbine deliveries to disrupt use of roads

Wind-turbine deliveries to disrupt use of roads

PAXTON — Some roads in the Paxton and Loda areas will be temporarily closed starting Monday, as wind-turbine components are being delivered for the Pioneer Trail Wind Farm.

White Construction, based in Clinton, Ind., said Friday afternoon that trucks with oversized loads will start delivery of tower components on Monday.

The trucks will be traveling south on U.S. 45 to the White Construction storage lot at the intersection of the highway and Iroquois County Road 100 North, about a mile south of Loda.

The trucks will then go to the various turbine locations, which include those on Illinois 9 east of Paxton.

Drivers are asked to yield to the trucks due to their large size. Certain roads will require temporary closure for components to travel, the notice said.

The first turbine is expected to be at the intersection of Ford County roads 2300 North and 500 East, said an employee of White Construction, which is building the wind farm.

E.On Climate & Renewables, Chicago, will operate the wind farm. E.On has been authorized to build up to 94 wind turbines in Patton and Button townships in eastern Ford County — but likely will build only 82 in Ford County — and up to 17 turbines in Loda and Pigeon Grove townships in southern Iroquois County as part of the wind farm.

Leases have been signed by landowners to place turbines on 11,930 acres.

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debbie d wrote on August 14, 2011 at 8:08 am

i kinda have to differ with ya will! the truth of it was they started bringing the components in as of friday afternoon. they went by my house, i seen them going "north" on 45, not south. if ya don't believe me, go up to the "holding lot" a mile south of loda, and you will see the propeller that came in, or ask anyone who lives along 45 in town here and see if they seen anything.