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State police: Avoid these routes today

State police: Avoid these routes today

Vehicle will travel as slowly as 1 mph along route
State police: Avoid these routes today
Workers guide a tractor trailor truck carrying a General Electric turbine up Putnam Road in Rotterdam, Jan. 27, 2017.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

Motorists are being advised by state police to avoid some major routes in Schenectady and Schoharie counties today, as a large General Electric turbine generator is moved by truck.

The routes effected include I-890, state Route 7, and state Route 20, state police said this morning. The vehicle, which is 350 feet long and 20 feet wide, has already begun its journey.

Troopers hope to have the load out of Schoharie County by 7:30 p.m., as the load makes its way to its ultimate destination in Kentucky.

Troop G spokesman Trooper Mark Cepiel said the load will be escorted by a commercial vehicle detail, as well as enough additional troopers to block intersections ahead of the convoy.

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Police from Troop G are escorting and providing traffic control for transport of the 900,000-pound turbine from GE's main plant in Schenectady to Sharon Springs, troopers said. The vehicle and escorts will move as slowly as 1 mph along the route.

Motorists are urged to avoid the involved roads, if possible.

The trailer will use I-890 from the GE plant west to Route 337, then onto Route 337 to Route 7 in Rotterdam. It will proceed west on Route 7 to Dunnsville Road, on Dunnsville Road to Route 406 and then to Route 20. Junctions with other highways will be closed while the trailer and its escorts pass.

Drivers who travel the route can expect long delays, state police said.

"It will take up the entire roadway," Cepiel said.

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