The 15-ton turbine runner travels through Dallastown Thursday morning.
The 15-ton turbine runner travels through Dallastown Thursday morning. (Daily Record/Sunday News -- Steve Navaroli)

A 150-ton turbine runner left Voith Hydro in West Manchester Township on Thursday morning and headed for Holtwood Dam on the lower Susquehanna River.

The runner is a key part of the dam's $434 million expansion project, which includes the construction of a second powerhouse and the addition of two units that will generate an additional 125 megawatts of electricity.

When finished, the hydroelectric facility will more than double its capacity.

The runner was scheduled to follow the same slow-moving, four-day path that was used in February for the shipment of the first turbine runner assembly: from state Route 182 southbound to state Route 74 south, crossing the Susquehanna River into Lancaster County on the Route 372 Norman Wood Bridge to Pinnacle Road, according to Chris Gutaker, a spokesman for Voith who helped coordinate the route.

The runner assembly, which will be parked off Pinnacle Road on Saturday, is expected to arrive at Holtwood on Monday. Escorted by state police, the 24-foot-wide tractor-trailer will travel at about 4 mph between 7:15 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Signs and traffic-control personnel will be stationed along the road to alert drivers about potential delays and direct traffic through local detours around the massive runner.

--Lauren Boyer, Daily Record/Sunday News

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