(AMES) The westbound I-80 rest area, located between Adair and Casey at milepost 80, will be closed beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday until approximately 5 p.m. Thursday, weather permitting, for installation of a wind turbine blade.
The Iowa Department of Transportation says the rest area will be closed to allow the wind turbine blade to be installed on the facility’s grounds using two large cranes. The blade will ultimately serve as a sculptural element on the site and be accompanied by an interpretive plaque. The blade and transportation to the site were donated to the State of Iowa by Siemens Energy of Fort Madison, Iowa.
Please note, there will be no public or media viewing area for the wind blade installation. Parking on interstate highways and freeways is for emergencies only.
This rest area is located at the threshold of an Adair County wind farm. Visitors to the site will discover several design elements incorporated into the building and grounds that speak about energy and alternatives such as wind.