BAILEYVILLE, Maine — Two very large Yankee dryer cylinders for new tissue machines may cause traffic delays in the area as they travel from Eastport to the Woodland Pulp mill by tractor-trailer trucks Wednesday, according to the local town manager.
“These items are heavy enough and large enough that most bridges along the route will be closed to other traffic while a truck carrying a dryer will be on the bridge,” Baileyville Town Manager Rick Bronson said in an email issued to media outlets on Tuesday. “The travel will be slowed because some wires must be lifted to accommodate the passage. Also, some bridges and larger culverts will be protected with steel plates on the surface of the road to distribute the weight.”
The machine parts will be traveling on two trucks over Route 1 from Eastport to Baileyville. They are scheduled to leave Eastport at 8 a.m. and arrive at the Baileyville line a bit after noon, getting to the mill site before 6 p.m., according to Bronson.
A Yankee dryer is a large, steam-heated pressure vessel that is used in the production of tissue grades, according to convergencetraining.com.
To assist with the potential traffic problems, Woodland Pulp will stop all shipments of pulp by truck to Eastport for the day, he said.
Woodland Pulp held a groundbreaking ceremony in October 2014 at its plant to showcase construction of the St. Croix Tissue mill. The affiliated business unit, which represents a $120 million investment, will operate two tissue machines, employing an additional 80 people, according to the company.
Bronson said Tuesday that a big crane that has been used to erect the steel frame for the new mill building has completed its work and will be dismantled Wednesday while there are fewer pulp shipments arriving.
That dismantling effort will require closing an internal road on the mill property for most of the day, he added.
“Thus, the few outgoing pulp shipments and the few arriving chemical trucks will need to use Main Street for this one day,” Bronson said. “I have given permission for the use of the length of Main Street for truck traffic on this one day to accommodate these needs, which have been coordinated into one day by the mill to help the town.”