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Windmill blades on the move to Mars Hill

SEARSPORT (April 14): The 125-foot-long windmill blades shipped April 4 into Searsport began their journey Friday, April 14, to a Mars Hill wind farm.

At 9 a.m., Maine State Police escorts and four extra-long tractor-trailers made the turn onto Route 1 at Hamilton Marine and headed 175 miles north to Mars Hill in Aroostook County.


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Maine State Police escorts accompany four tractor-trailers on their journey north. (Photo by Tina Shute)


Due to the length of the blades and the fact they cannot flex more than six inches without damage, the journey north required specially outfitted trucks.

The tractor-trailers are fitted with 90-foot long truck beds. Drivers made the trip with the tractor-trailers from Minnesota to haul the windmill blades north, according to Duane Seekins, manager for the Mack Point facility.

Loaded two blades to a truck, the blades extend 35 feet beyond the truck bed.

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Oversized windmill blades are on their way Friday from Mack Point in Searsport to Maine's first wind farm in Mars Hill in Aroostook County. (Photo by Tina Shute)

Seekins said starting next week, four trucks would leave the Sprague facility with eight blades weekday mornings around 9 a.m., to haul the 84 blades to the wind farm site under construction by Evergreen Wind Power LLC. Seekins said the trucks travel north from Searsport to Route 1A, then to Route 9/202... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
At 9 a.m., Maine State Police escorts and four extra-long tractor-trailers made the turn onto Route 1 at Hamilton Marine and headed 175 miles north to Mars Hill in Aroostook County.


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Maine State Police escorts accompany four tractor-trailers on their journey north. (Photo by Tina Shute)


Due to the length of the blades and the fact they cannot flex more than six inches without damage, the journey north required specially outfitted trucks.

The tractor-trailers are fitted with 90-foot long truck beds. Drivers made the trip with the tractor-trailers from Minnesota to haul the windmill blades north, according to Duane Seekins, manager for the Mack Point facility.

Loaded two blades to a truck, the blades extend 35 feet beyond the truck bed.

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Oversized windmill blades are on their way Friday from Mack Point in Searsport to Maine's first wind farm in Mars Hill in Aroostook County. (Photo by Tina Shute)

Seekins said starting next week, four trucks would leave the Sprague facility with eight blades weekday mornings around 9 a.m., to haul the 84 blades to the wind farm site under construction by Evergreen Wind Power LLC. Seekins said the trucks travel north from Searsport to Route 1A, then to Route 9/202 and along Route 2 toward their destination.

The 84 blades are destined to be attached to 28 wind-turbine towers that will go into operation this fall in the first wind-farm project in Maine. Evergreen Wind Power LLC, the project manager, said energy generated from the wind farm will power 50,000 homes, or most of Aroostook County.


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One of four extra-long tractor-trailer trucks transports windmill blades Friday on Route 1 in Searsport. (Photo by Tina Shute)





 


Source: http://waldo.villagesoup.co...

APR 15 2006
https://www.windaction.org/posts/2160-windmill-blades-on-the-move-to-mars-hill
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