Beginning Monday night, Oct. 19, at 9 p.m. there will be a very large piece of equipment moving from Port of Pensacola to the Georgia Pacific paper mill in Brewton, Ala.
More than 400 obstructions along the route, including overhead power lines, traffic signals, low-hanging trees, signs, etc. will be dealt with by the convoy of power, telephone, cable, city, county and state bucket trucks and work crews that will accompany the transport along with private and state police escort vehicles. There will be intermittent traffic delays and road closures as the convoy moves along the route. The complete move is expected to happen over several nights with tonight’s move estimated to terminate at the Cordova Mall parking lot.
Georgia Pacific is installing a large steam turbine which will recycle the steam produced as part of Georgia Pacific’s manufacturing process and convert it to electricity to power the plant. The turbine was imported into the Port of Pensacola in late July and has been in storage at the Port awaiting routing and permitting for its move to Brewton. The turbine transporter will be 18′ wide, almost 25′ tall and 173.5′ long. The generator will be on a separate transport as part of the convoy. That trailer is 18′ wide, 18.5′ high and 192.5′ long.
Gulf Power will assist in the transport. Power lines and traffic lights will need to be temporarily taken down to allow the transport truck to pass. The first transport of the equipment is expected to take four nights from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. each night. A second piece of equipment leaves the Port on Friday, Oct. 23 and will use the same route through Sunday night, Oct. 25, from 10 p.m. until 10 a.m.
The details of the route are:
- Barracks Street North (starting at the Port of Pensacola)
- Bayfront Parkway East
- Ninth Avenue North
- SR289 North
- Olive Road East
- Scenic Highway North
- Davis Highway/US 90 West
- US 29 North
- US 31 North
- Georgia Pacific (Brewton, Ala.)
Customers with questions about the temporary power outages can contact Gulf Power service representative at 1-800-225-5797.