Mega-Load Rolls through the Night on U.S. 12

One of the largest shipments ever to roll across U.S. Highway 12 is sitting at a rest stop near Orofino this morning, after crawling through the night from the Port of Wilma, Washington, and into Idaho.

This morning’s Lewiston Tribune reports that the 236-foot-long mega-load is water purification equipment bound for the Kearl Oil Sands Project in Alberta, Canada.

The Tribune reports that the mega-load consumes two lanes of traffic, but is not allowed to delay other highway vehicles more than 15 minutes, per its permit instructions from the Idaho Transportation Department.  The hauler paid $1,070 for the permit, according to the Tribune.

Idaho environmentalists, including Wild Idaho Rising Tide, were planning two demonstrations against highway use by the mega-loads – the first Monday night in Lewiston and another for Wednesay night near Syringa.

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(By George Prentice, Boise Weekly)

Megaload to Travel over Lolo Pass, through Missoula

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.

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(By Kim Briggeman, The Missoulian)

Megaload Heads for Canada’s Oil Sands Region

The large megaload staged at the Port of Wilma is not a three-stage Saturn rocket but water purification equipment that began its journey through north central Idaho starting Monday night on U.S. Highway 12 (The Lewiston Tribune/Barry Kough photo).

Water purification equipment bound for a town in the heart of the Canadian oil sands left the Port of Wilma just west of Clarkston at about 10:15 p.m. Monday.

The 236-foot-long megaload edged its way onto Wawawai River Road just west of Red Wolf Bridge.  Crew members walked alongside it, appearing to make adjustments to the equipment.  White lights, looking almost like holiday decorations, hung on the sides.

It is one of the longest shipments ever to take U.S. Highway 12 across Idaho and was expected to be in Orofino by early this morning.  The load is significantly shorter than the 300 feet that the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) initially reported as its length.

In contrast, oil company shipments that previously went on U.S. 12 were 208 and 233 feet long.

This latest cargo, manufactured by Newberg, Oregon-based Harris Thermal, was barged to the Port of Wilma from the Portland area.  It is going to an unspecified end user in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, wrote Olga Haley in an email.  Haley is an employee of a media relations agency handling publicity for Omega Morgan, the transport company. Continue reading