Ohio roads damaged by BigWind

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BigWind often denies that they will severely damage area roadways during construction, but engineers know better. This is one of the many ‘side effects’ of BigWind construction. You will read below that repair discussions were ‘on both ends of the spectrum, we were on one end, they were on the other’….Mr Underwood is speaking kindly, perhaps politically correct. Many roads will be closed, over the winter, because they have become unplowable. It will be interesting to watch this situation evolve, as the Hardin county area has 2 more industrial wind sites in the works.  Will the agreement actually allow the roadways to be properly repaired? Remember, Hardin county chose to designate itself as an AEZ, so BigWind automatically receives the enormous tax break, aka the PILOT. It is a magnet for BigWind…

Construction on the Hog Creek Wind Farm project has led to several roads being damaged in the northern part of the county. I sat down with Deputy County Engineer Luke Underwood and Assistant County Engineer Trent Bass to get the details and timeline on the repairs. Underwood said that in the planning phases of the project, the County Engineer’s Office was mainly concerned with the local infrastructure in the form of roads and bridges. He noted that the Power Sighting Board has to give wind farm approval through a road use maintenance agreement. This document outlines who is responsible for the road damages.  Part of the agreement forced RES America, the developer of the wind farm, to test roadways in the northern portion of the county where the Hog Creek Wind Farm is located to better understand what abuse the roadways could withstand. Underwood notes that the study was effective on some roadways, however some roads didn’t hold up to the heavy construction traffic….

The agreement obligated the developer to bring the condition of the roadways back to their state before the wind farm’s construction began.


Underwood said that when the process began, “we were kind of both ends of the spectrum, we were one end, they were the other.”…

“They’ve agreed just to give the county a cash settlement, and we would be in charge of making the repairs.” Said Underwood.

He mentioned that the repairs would be both in-house, and contracted. Underwood said that because of the time it took to reach this agreement, the repairs would not be made until the Spring of 2018, making the roads un-plowable. Washington Township and the Engineers Office will be closing Washington Township 85, and portions of 22, and 115 within the next few weeks….



via Local News – WKTN Home Town Media