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Wind farm work leaves roads in bad shape  

Credit:  Pantagraph, www.pantagraph.com 30 August 2010 ~~

I was amused by some of the comments made by representatives of Horizon Wind Energy at the recent informational meeting that was held to discuss the expansion north of Route 9 of the eastern McLean County wind farm.

We live in the middle of the existing wind farm, and heard many of the same comments at our informational meetings a few years back.

According to the Aug. 19 Pantagraph article about the most recent meeting, Horizon’s representative, Robert Yehl, claimed the company would improve local roads before, during and after construction of the wind farm. Concerning how the roads would be left after construction, Yehl was quoted as saying the roads would be “as good or better condition” than before.

Baloney! Roads were in terrible shape during construction of the original wind farm. And they are in worse shape now than before the original wind farm construction began.

Most people who drive 1300 North Road – one mile south of Route 9 – between the Saybrook blacktop and the Arrowsmith blacktop will tell you how poorly the road was put back together. The road is still in need of repair. So don’t buy their line.

I would suggest people who live along the roads that will be impacted during this new project should insist that they get to “sign off” on and approve the condition of the road once the construction of the new wind farm is completed.

Steven A. Simms, Rural Saybrook

Source:  Pantagraph, www.pantagraph.com 30 August 2010

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