More king-size loads of oil field equipment are headed to the Kearl tar sands of Alberta this weekend, and the route comes through Missoula on Interstate 90.
The Idaho Transportation Department has given Exxon Mobil/Imperial Oil the green light for two oversized loads to leave the Port of Lewiston and use U.S. Highway 95 and Interstate 90 to enter into Montana over Lookout Pass. Idaho state troopers will escort the loads on the 175-mile trip to the stateline.
Smaller than the megaloads that used U.S. Highway 12 through Idaho and into Montana, the loads traveling this weekend are 17.5 feet wide, 14 feet tall, and 76 feet long.
One load will be leaving at 10 p.m. Saturday. The other will depart at the same time Sunday.
While the oil company prepared its equipment for travel on Friday, Idaho activists geared up to protest the trucks.
(By Alyse Backus, intern reporter, The Missoulian, Ravalli Republic)