Illinois DOT Installs Wind Turbine Along I-74
A rest area along I-74 in Henry County just got a little greener. Thanks to the Illinois Department of Transportation, a new wind turbine was built at the KrisdalaBaka rest area between Moline and Galesburg.
Spokesman Brian Williamsen says the turbine was built in an area with plenty of wind.
The turbine cost almost 220-thousand dollars, funded through the DOT's capital improvement budget.
It's 100 feet tall and generates up to 250 thousand kilowatt hours per year. Williamsen says this is the first wind turbine the Illinois DOT has built at a facility.
Earlier this week, a crew finished installing the turbine, which will generate electricity for the KrisdalaBaka rest area.