During the past few months, massive pieces of the Panda Stonewall power plant have been transported from the rail line in Gainseville, up Rt. 15 to the construction site near the Dulles Greenway.
The operation requires frequent overnight road closures and detours. Monday night’s operation was suspended because of the snow storm.
Today, the 495-foot-long train carrying a component of the plant’s combined cycle gas turbine is parked at Gilbert’s Corner. Four trucks pull the carrier and another pushes. The vehicles combined have 690 wheels and stretch the width of Rt. 15.
The new power plant is expected to generate about $20 million a year in direct and indirect spending in Loudoun County and provide 800 jobs during construction, as well as about 30 long-term jobs to operate the plant. It is slated to open in 2017.