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eq tJ Big Rig to cause temporary closing of major roads October 1- October 3. part a six-year project to retirbish and to increase the generating capacity of its Bath County Pumped Storage Station, Dominion will need on several d. ifferent occasions to block or slow traffic on major portions of U.S. 220 from Low Moor to Warm Springs, U.S. 39 from Warm Springs to Mountain Grove and Virginia Route 600 from its intersection with U.S. 39 to the power station. We are sorry for the inconvenience we know this will cause. Your patience will help us complete a project that will mean more tax revenues for Bath County, new jobs for the local area and more reliable electricity to meet the growing needs of Virginia. Dominicm and its partner in the Bath County Pumped Storage Station, Allegheny Energy, are refurbishing and up-rating the gigantic turbines that produce electricity at the station. The project will take six years to complete, with one turbine being done each year. Because of improvements in design, the new turbines will Increase the output of each unit by about 8 per- cent, from 386 megawatts to about 415 megawatts. The cost of the project is about $90 million. In order to move the giant turbines, which weigh 195,000 pounds each and are 21 feet in diameter, Dominion will have to use a specially designed tractor-trailer rig that wilt be about 220 feet in length. Use of this vehicle will require the closing of portions of Route 600, U.S. 39 and U.S. 220 at various times during the move. Each turbine replacement will require five trips by the huge transport rig. The moves wil( take about 10 hours each. Dominion - in conjunction with the Virginia Department of.Transportation, the Virginia Highway Patrol, the Covington Police Department and the Alleghany and Bath County Sheriff's Departments - will move the first turbine on Wednesday, October 1, through Friday, October 3. BATH COUNTY STATION WARM SPRINGS HOT SPRINGS COVINGTON LEXINGTON 4( September 29. October 3 tdp at a glance: Route: From Low Moor exit on F64 to U. 220 to U. 39 to Route 600 September 29. Depart York, PA September 30 - Arrive before dawn at abandoned rest area (mile post :34, 1-64) In Low Moor, VA October 1 - Depart abandoned rest area at approximately 9:00 a.m. and arrive at the Warm Springs "Park & Ride" located at U.S. 220 and U- 2:30 p.m. October 2 - Depart Warm Springs "Park & Ride" at approximately and arrive at Bath County Pumped Storage Station by 2:30 p.m. Ol:ober 3 - Deput Bath County PUllrlqp Storage  at appro 9:00 a.m. and arrive at abandoned rest area (mile post 34, 1-64) by 2" 0 www.dom.com