(Massena) Students in the CAM School District will be dodging a lot of traffic when they head back to school. That is a concern of Mark Hendricks, Safety Manager for Mortensen Construction the major contractor for the Rolling Hills Wind Farms Project.
“With school starting we want to raise the awareness of not only our workers, but the community here,” said Hendricks. “We’re guests here in the rolling hills of southwest Iowa and we have 300 employees and we have over 20,000 deliveries to be made to the Rolling Hills Wind Farm and you combine that with the ranchers and farmers here beginning their harvest and we have to maintain safety in a big way.”
Hendricks says Highway 148 and Highway 92 are the primary delivery routes.
“Highway 148 running north and south from Massena to Corning and Highway 92 from Massena to Bridgewater will be the primary arteries for the large turbine parts, concrete trucks and all of our construction traffic,” said Hendricks. “We work long hours here and we are very, very concerned that we don’t disrupt the normal flow of the school bus routes and the local community here.”
The Rolling Hills Wind Farms Project consists of 193 Wind Turbines. It is the largest single-phase Wind Farm Project in the United States.
Hendricks says the project is slated to be completed by Thanksgiving.