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BRSA Wind Turbine Contractor Explains Finalized Route Through Matawan

Three components expected to travel along Route 79 through Matawan

A project manager from Conti Enterprises, the company contracted by the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority (BRSA) to build a wind turbine in Union Beach to offset its energy costs, shed light on the finalized route to Union Beach at the meeting Monday night.

Eric Millard explained that the majority of the components will travel down Route 35, onto Route 36 and into Union Beach. However, due to low train bridges over the highway, now part of the Henry Hudson Trail, three components that make up the tower of the wind turbine will have to travel down County Road Rt. 79 through Marlboro and Matawan. 

For Matawan, this means the three components will travel along Freneau Avenue to Main Street, at which point they will cross Route 34. From there, they will continue along Main Street to Lower Main Street, across the train tracks and toward Route 35.

Conti is required by Monmouth County to obtain permission from each municipality the turbine components will travel through. According to Millard, they have not yet received permission from Matawan and Marlboro.

Millard estimates that each component weighs between 30 and 60 tons, resulting in an oversized load traveling through the borough that weighs about 75 tons with the truck included.

Matawan Mayor Paul Buccellato said the borough is worried that the weight of the trucks and the components could damage bridges and sewer and water pipes running under the roads. The borough council passed a resolution on Oct. 18 requesting that Monmouth County do a study to evaluate the potential impact to borough infrastructure. According to Buccellato, the borough has not received any information regarding the potential impact.

"Matawan is a historic municipality. It dates back 360 years. I'm not saying the roads are that old, but they're pretty close to it," Buccellato said.

Conti Enterprises is required by Monmouth County to have a third party engineer evaluate the route, Millard said. Part of the route in Matawan has been evaluated and passed, according to Millard.

"I know these pieces are heavy. They are spread over several axles and so when you break it down per axle it's not any heavier than a loaded concrete truck," Millard said. "When you look at it that way it's not going to do as much damage as one 60 ton axle on the road."

While traveling, the trucks must have four Monmouth County Sheriffs escorting it in addition to support from local police departments, according to Millard. The trucks will travel between 10 and 20 MPH, and slower around turns. According to an official email from Millard that was received by the borough on Oct. 6, it will take about ten minutes for the trucks to pass through.

Millard's visit to the borough comes less than a week after the in available funds for unforeseen expenses related to the wind turbine for Conti Enterprise.

The Matawan Borough Council at their Sept. 20 meeting opposing the construction of the wind turbine. According to the resolution, which was passed 7-0, Matawan Borough, "shares the concerns expressed by the residents and governing body particularly in light of what appears to be at best a limited effort by BRSA to reach out to residents of the Bayshore and a lack of transparency in this matter."

The BRSA is a of Union Beach, Holmdel, Keyport, Hazlet, Keansburg, Matawan, Aberdeen and parts of Marlboro, by transporting, treating and disposing it.

Editor's note: The combined weight of the component and the truck has been changed to accurately reflect that they weigh about 75 tons.

John Curran December 22, 2011 at 06:44 PM
This article and the links provided in Milton R’s previous comments reveal a so-called professional contractor who failed to give proper notification until after turbine opponents had informed the county and towns of the risks involved and various resolutions were adopted regarding the BRSA Project. With the false information posted on the contractor’s own website; why would any reasonable person believe anything he says? Members of the public should really check it all out for themselves by researching the facts and worldwide data on the risks posed by Industrial Wind Turbines. Then, follow the shadowy trail of the ARRA funding, as it proceeded through political maneuvers and reckless enabling legislation, waivers, and approvals by Federal and State Agencies that have never required proof or guarantees for benefits promised by proponents of the BRSA IWT. (To be continued) John Curran HAQLA
John Curran December 22, 2011 at 06:47 PM
Next, consider the apparently disparate actions and class-biased behavior of Governor Christie and most, not all, of our Senators, Assemblypersons, and Congressmen who have failed to vet BRSA claims about their 38-story Windzilla turbine in working-class Union Beach or to bring this IWT issue to the Senate and Assembly floors to evaluate testimony from independent, non-industry experts, yet; simultaneously, in a matter of months, for the very same reasons residents oppose the BRSA Project, politicians conversely scrapped a similar IWT Project planned for Sea Girt with Christie personally calling the Mayors of the more affluent towns of Sea Girt and Manasquan to report the good news http://www.wind-watch.org/news/2011/04/21/sea-girt-wind-turbine-plan-scrapped/ Then, consider how so-called environmental groups i.e. the Sierra Club and others have joined ranks with the lobbyists and politicians in Trenton having forsaken public health and safety to endorse wind industry lies instead. (To be continued) John Curran HAQLA
John Curran December 22, 2011 at 06:48 PM
Finally, review the unbalanced reporting history of the media i.e. the Asbury Park Press, News12, NJ.com, and, yes, the PATCH, to name a few, all of which have acted at break-neck speed either to report the IWT proponents’ spin on the Project, or to censor reporting of opposing voices, so that the public is being misled into believing there is no use to continue fighting Windzilla. Now; you have the contractors doing their part. One really doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to see something is wrong about the ways and means that have unleashed “Windzilla” on the people of the Bayshore; you just have to be a caring neighbor and concerned tax/rate-payer to draw the right conclusion. John Curran HAQLA
Sweeney December 22, 2011 at 07:18 PM
It may be hard to believe, but it’s true; that the Conti Group has publicly posted false statements on its own website claiming that it has already completed the delivery and erection of the BRSA turbine http://www.conticorp.com/project/wind_turbine_generator. Now, he very belatedly appears before the Matawan Council in an attempt to persuade them that he is all fuzzy and warm and trustworthy. Perhaps “Godzilla Tries to Pet a Kitten” http://youtu.be/6pCXvsNnlLk would have been a more realistic story and headline to this article. Bayshore towns; BEWARE! Faith Concerned Bayshore Resident
Pat December 31, 2011 at 02:51 AM
I can't seem to find the complete route the BRSA plans too take, only the route that goes through Matawan. Does anyone know where we can see the rest of the plan?

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