Mayor Mark A. Smith announced that the Bayonne Municipal Utilities Authority’s long-planned wind generator will be assembled during the second week of January. Some road closings and detours will be in effect, in order to allow for the delivery of large construction materials and equipment to the utility site on Oak Street.
On Friday, January 6, a large crane will be delivered and assembled on site.
On Monday, January 9, a machine carrier, hub, and generator will arrive. On Tuesday, January 10, Falgon, the electrical contractor, will do pre-assembly work for the tower bottom frame and the machine carrier and hub. Preparations for the tower’s first lift will be made. A small crane will join the large crane at the site.
On Wednesday, January 11, the first two tower sections will be delivered and stored temporarily along Ingham Avenue. Then they will be brought to the site for erection. The base section will be placed over the tower frame and will be grouted into place. Depending on progress on Wednesday, the second section of the tower will be picked up from Ingham Avenue and erected over the base section. Both cranes will be in operation on Wednesday.
On Thursday, January 12, five sections will be lifted into place. Each lift could take up to three hours to complete. The rotary blades are scheduled for delivery on this date.
On Friday, January 13, the turbine blades and rotary will be erected.
The deliveries and construction should last a total of five days, but could take up to seven days, depending on the weather. While the lift is going on, the East 5th Street Connector will be closed to all through traffic. Local traffic will be granted access to the two IMTT gates, the Atlas Yacht Club, and the Board of Education school bus parking lot.
In accordance with state procedures, tall, stationary signs and mobile, electronic message signs have been posted to announce various detours and street closings that will be in effect around the construction.
East 5th Street at Route 440 will be closed to through traffic.
East 5th Street at Ingham Avenue will be closed to through traffic.
Traffic on Route 440 South attempting to access East 5th Street will be detoured south to Avenue A.
At Avenue A, traffic will be detoured south to Gertrude Street.
At Gertrude Street, traffic will be detoured east to Kennedy Boulevard.
At Kennedy Boulevard, traffic will be detoured north to West 5th Street.
From West 5th Street, traffic will be detoured across Broadway back to East 5th Street.
Traffic on Route 440 North attempting to access East 5th Street will be detoured north to East 21st Street/East 22nd Street.
At 22nd Street, traffic will be detoured south to Avenue A and will follow the detour listed above for East 5th Street.
Traffic on East 5th Street attempting to access Route 440 North or South will be detoured west on East 5th Street across Broadway to West 5th Street.
At West 5th Street, traffic will be detoured to Kennedy Boulevard.
Traffic attempting to access Route 440 North will be detoured north on Kennedy Boulevard to Route 440 North.
Traffic attempting to access Route 440 South and the Bayonne Bridge will be detoured south on Kennedy Boulevard to Gertrude Street.
At Gertrude Street, traffic will be detoured west to Avenue A.
At Avenue A, traffic will be detoured north to Route 440 South and the Bayonne Bridge.
Residents are asked to observe the detour signs in place and follow the new routes during construction.