Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Large Load on the Road Again as Province alerts highway travellers of Highway 16 transit of Site C turbine runner starting tonight

Another Giant Turbine runner for Site C would appear to be
ready for transit later tonight
(BC Hydro photo)

Another convoy of heavy lift and support vehicles will head out of Prince Rupert later this evening, the first leg of another marathon trek from the North Coast to the Peace Country and with what appears to be another giant Turbine for the Site C Hydro electric project near Chetwynd.

The Province of British Columbia issued the advisory on Tuesday that charts the travels of the large load with departure for the first leg between Prince Rupert and Terrace set for sometime after 9PM, it's anticipated the convoy will arrive in Terrace prior to 6 AM tomorrow.

The first leg of four day journey east to Site C will 
get underway later tonight from Prince Rupert

In their advisory the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure notes that the schedule depends on a range of factors including weather and road conditions.

The route is scheduled during times when traffic volumes are low for the safe and efficient transport of the cargo and to reduce traffic delays for all travellers.

While they don't specifically mention the cargo as being the turbine rune, the destination of Chetwynd and the carrier Omega-Morgan, would be a pretty solid hint as to what's hitting the road tonight.

As well, Lakes District Maintenance wasn't quite as close to vest with their advisory of the upcoming transit, noting of potential road closures for the Bulkley Valley Lakes  District  area for this week.

Omega-Morgan transported the first turbine runner from Prince Rupert earlier this month, as we noted at the time, the turbines for Site C were built in Brazil and shipped to Prince Rupert in December.

More shipments for the Site C project are anticipated to arrive in Prince Rupert later this year, with the highway transit to follow.

The Drive BC website and twitter feed will have updates if required on the status of the highway as the cross BC trek gets underway. 

You can review some of the background to that first transit from our archive page here.   

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