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Truck Shipments Of Massive Blades For Wind Power Project Set To Get Underway on Central Coast

Santa Barbara County Planning
A series of late night truck shipments will bring blades for a huge wind turbine power project to the Central Coast over the next few months.

Huge blades for wind turbines will be moved during overnight hours to minimize traffic disruptions.

Late night motorists on the Central Coast may get the first glimpse of a massive wind power project being built in the region. Special trucks will be bringing huge wind turbine blades to the project site outside of Lompoc.

The blades will arrive by ship in the Port of Stockton. They’ll then be moved by truck in a caravan down Interstate 5 to Highway 46, through San Luis Obispo County. The trucks will then go south on Highway 101 to Highway 135, and then Highway 1.

The blades will be moved during the overnight hours to minimize traffic issues, with a special CHP escort. Plans call for the shipments to begin next week, and continue for the next three months.

The project will have more than two dozen giant turbines which will create enough electricity to power more than 40,000 homes. The goal is to have the project southwest of Lompoc up and running by the end of the year.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.