The Port of Lewiston Minus Megaloads

Port of Lewiston Resuming Normal Operations

What a difference a year makes.  Last April, I spent a good portion of the month tracking the only Imperial Oil megaload that took U.S. Highway 12.

It was a test module in the same dimension and weight as the largest of the extra-big shipments that Imperial Oil wanted to send along the Clearwater and Lochsa river corridor in Idaho.

That shipment, which is under security around the clock, made it a little past the Montana border and hasn’t moved, said Dave Barbe, general manager of Lolo Hot Springs, a business that’s located near its parking spot.

The state of Montana has yet to give it or any other similarly sized shipments permission to use its roads on their way from Korea to Canada.

That stance was part of what forced Imperial Oil to reduce the size of the cargo it had already shipped to Lewiston and send it on U.S. Highway 95.  The rest is leaving from the Tri-Cities.

At this point in time, the Port of Lewiston hasn’t made any announcements about other megaloads that might use its facilities.  Even so, it wants to be ready, just in case, for that kind of business and to serve its existing clientele of farmers and Clearwater Paper.  You can read more about that in a story that appeared in today’s paper, Lewiston Dock Expansion Work Could Begin in Summer of 2013.

(By Elaine Williams, The Lewiston Tribune)

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