Megaload Set to Begin Journey Monday on U.S. Highway 12


Nighttime traffic is expected to be slowed next week on U.S. Highway 12, as a megaload takes a four-night journey across north central Idaho.

The 20-foot-wide, 300-foot-long, 22-foot-high shipment weighing 520,000 pounds will be carrying water purification equipment headed for Canada, according to a news release from the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD).

It will travel between 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. each night, leaving Monday from the Port of Wilma just west of Clarkston and entering Idaho on Down River Road before the journey to Orofino on U.S. 12.

The second leg of the trip is from Orofino to Kooskia, the third portion goes from Kooskia to milepost 127, and the fourth part will take it to the Montana border.

Delays for other vehicles will be limited to no more than 15 minutes, according to a news release from ITD.  Idaho State Police troopers will accompany the rig from the Port of Entry on U.S. Highway 95 to the U.S. 12 junction, and an ambulance will be part of the convoy for the entire trip.

Flagging teams, pilot vehicles, and vehicles with portable signs will help direct cars around the megaload, according to the news release.

ITD is issuing permits for the haul to Omega Morgan, a transport company.  The equipment is headed to an unknown destination at an unnamed company in northern Alberta, Canada, said Adam Rush, a spokesman for ITD in Boise.

(By The Lewiston Tribune)

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