What are they building or doing next to the railroad tracks on the corner of B Street and Cesar Chavez Street in Brawley? — Nearby Neighbor, Brawley
There is no construction going on at that site, just storage of some really big pieces of equipment.
That area has several pieces of land with different ownership, including the Imperial Irrigation District, Union Pacific Railroad and the city of Brawley. The area in use is Union Pacific land, and it is being used to store parts of the turbines for Pattern Energy’s Ocotillo Express wind farm project, said Brawley City Manager Rosanna Bayon Moore.
Moore said Union Pacific, through its distribution services arm, sends out a “good neighbor notice” to inform people living in the area what was going on. The letter was dated July 18.
She said the stem portion of three turbines, which will make up the poles on which the blades and turbines will be mounted, are being stored as they are readied for tractor-trailer rig transport to the Ocotillo project site.
Part of the letter to area residents is saying that there will be some heavy truck traffic (a maximum of three trips a day for an as-yet undetermined amount of time) from the storage area, through Brawley, to Highway 111 and then to Interstate 8.
She added Union Pacific has taken some pains to make sure there are dust-control measures.