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Wind turbine equipment to go through road construction area

LIVERMORE FALLS β€“ Two-hundred-foot-long trucks are set to haul wind turbine blades, towers, generators and related equipment through the downtown to Roxbury beginning Friday, Aug. 19.

The equipment will be hauled over a period of about 50 days for the $125 million Record Hill LLC wind farm project in Oxford County.

The trucks are expected to come through the Maine Department of Transportation’s 1.1 mile reconstruction of Route 4 in downtown Livermore Falls and Jay, DOT Project Supervisor Gary Trussell said Tuesday.

The trucks will start the trip in Searsport.

There could be three loads one day, four loads the next and one load another day, Trussell said. The equipment will be hauled several days during the week, including on Saturday, he said.

The contractor, Reed & Reed of Woolwich, has tried to find another route that won’t go right through the road work, he said.

The trucks can not go Route 2 to Roxbury due to a bridge being repaired in Oxford County, and Route 140 in Jay just does not have the clearance needed, Trussell said.

Reed & Reed is moving the pole that holds up the traffic signal out of the intersection of Bridge and Main streets, which is Route 4, in Livermore Falls for the project.

Pratt & Sons Inc. Superintendent Dan Ward said it is expected there will be 150 to 180 different truckloads coming through the site. The Minot company is doing the road reconstruction project.

He said he expects the equipment hauling to negatively affect the construction project. The equipment will be on the move from anywhere between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. β€œIt makes it very difficult to accommodate them,” Ward said.

A representative of Reed & Reed was not immediately available for comment on the project Tuesday.

The wind farm will consist of 22 turbines situated on a ridgeline formed by Record Hill in Byron and Flathead Mountain and Partridge Peak, both in Roxbury to the south. It is expected to generate 130 million kilowatt hours of electricity, roughly equal to the amount of all residential electrical consumption in Oxford County, according to the Natural Resources Council of Maine website.