Acciona Wind Energy USA, St. Lawrence Wind Project Engineers, Planners and Surveyors Route Evaluation Study- Page 1
1. Introduction, Purpose and Proposed Project
Acciona Wind Energy USA is proposing to construct a wind-powered, electric generating projectin the Town of Cape Vincent (Jefferson County, New York) starting in the Winter of 2010 andending in December 2011. The project is currently being progressed based on 53 wind towersites using an Acciona CIII (1.5 MW) turbine. The project will also include a system of gravelaccess roads, a buried electrical collection system, a substation, and an approximate 9 mile,115kV transmission line. Approximately 14 miles of gravel access roads will be constructed toaccess the tower sites. Refer to Figures 1 and 2 for the regional location map and the proposedtower locations which shows the maximum of 53 wind tower sites.During construction there will be temporary increases in truck traffic on area roadways served bythe project. The purpose of this evaluation is to document the existing transportation conditionsin the area and identify probable local travel routes, constraints, and proposed improvements.
A field inventory, photo log, and visual assessment were conducted to evaluate possible travelroutes. Sample roadway characteristics and conditions were documented. Representativesfrom the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Main Office, NYSDOT Region7, Jefferson County and the Towns of Cape Vincent and Lyme Highway Departments werecontacted to understand jurisdictional concerns and permit requirements. A local travel route wasestablished based on consultations the applicant has had with representatives from NYSDOTRegion 7. The regional routing plan is based on the wind tower components coming from eitherthe Port of Oswego or from Iowa. Research was conducted on wind turbine transportationrequirements, and a potential worst-case design vehicle was evaluated to identify possibleintersection improvements.
3. Vehicle Types
The number, size and type of trucks depend on the specific project and the equipment beinghauled. Turbine components and associated truck trips can generally be classified as follows:
Wind Turbine Equipment
Blade Sections – Blades are transported on trailers with one to three blades per vehicle.Blades typically control the length of the design vehicle, and the radius of the curvesalong the travel route to the site. Specialized transport vehicles are designed witharticulating (manual or self steering) rear axles to allow maneuverability through curves.
Tower Sections – Typically transported in three or four sections depending on thesupplier. Towers generally can control the height and width of the design vehicledimensions.
Nacelle – The turbine and related elements are typically the heaviest componenttransported.
Hub and Nose Cone – Typically transported with one or more of the same element on avehicle. These elements are not critical elements related to design vehicle dimensions.
Construction Equipment and Materials
Construction of Site Roads – Conventional trucks carrying stone, gravel andmiscellaneous construction equipment.
Crane – For assembly of the wind towers, cranes are transported in sections overnumerous trips to the site. Assembled cranes may be crawled between tower sites.
Concrete trucks for tower foundations.
Construction staff and other incidental truck trips.