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Ogdensburg port’s temporary access road readies for truck traffic Monday

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OGDENSBURG — A temporary version of the port of Ogdensburg’s $1.8 million access road for heavy truck traffic opened Friday and will be ready for its transport of windmill parts Monday.

Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority Executive Director Wade A. Davis said Friday that trucks carrying blades, generators and other parts for 70 windmills bound for the Marble River Wind Farm Project in Churubusco will be on the road Monday from the access road’s exit at Barre Street. From there, trucks will head to Ford Street Extension and Route 37. The road will be in use until October.

By then, construction of the actual access road nearby will be completed.

“You’ll see a minimum of 14 trucks a day,” Mr. Davis said.

The second and third of 11 cargo ships are still at the port today unloading. The fourth vessel is due to arrive May 29.

There will be a test run of a cargo-carrying truck up the crusher run-covered road today.

The purpose of the access road is so that trucks carrying oversized loads can enter and exit the OBPA-owned port on the St. Lawrence River and avoid its other entrance at Paterson Street, which is in a mostly residential neighborhood.

“So there will be minimal disruption in Ogdensburg,” Mr. Davis said.

The cargo is substantial. According to Mr. Davis, each wind turbine blade is 180 feet long and 13.5 feet wide and weighs 47 tons.

Mr. Davis expects 1,000 trucks to leave the port between Monday and October. In addition to the 11 ships, windmill parts are coming here on four trains — a total of 210 cars — via the OBPA’s New York and Ogdensburg Railway freight line.

The first train arrived last week.

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