One very large truckload of Alberta-bound water purification equipment is headed Montana’s way over Lolo Pass.
The shipment was slated to start up U.S. Highway 12 from the Port of Wilma near Lewiston, Idaho, at 10 p.m. PDT Monday. It’s expected to take four night moves to reach the Montana line.
Barring weather snafus or other delays, the load and an accompanying coterie of pilot and escort vehicles could start moving through Missoula and western Montana after dark on Sunday, according to the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT).
Duane Williams, administrator for MDT’s Motor Carrier Division, said Montana has yet to issue a permit but has approved a plan for the megaload to travel up the Blackfoot River, over Rogers Pass, and into Canada at the Port of Sweetgrass. That’s the same system of two-lane highways over which a district judge barred Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil of Canada from transporting more than 200 megaloads early this year.
Neither Williams, Idaho Transportation Department spokesman Adam Rush, nor a representative from the transport company, Omega Morgan of Oregon, would say who the coming load belongs to.
(By Kim Briggeman, The Missoulian)