U.S. Highway 12 Megaload Enters Montana


A megaload carrying American-made water purification equipment left Idaho and entered Montana early Monday morning.

The oversized shipment spent close to seven days getting across the state of Idaho on U.S. Highway 12, including Friday evening and Saturday morning when travel was suspended because of snow.

Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) rules limit travel to between 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. when traffic is the lightest.  The rig, which takes up two lanes of traffic, departed from milepost 143 on Saturday and got to milepost 160 Sunday morning, two miles shy of Powell, said ITD spokesman Adam Rush at Boise.

It covered the last 14 miles in Idaho Sunday evening and early Monday morning, Rush said.

The load was barged from the Portland area to the Port of Wilma just west of Clarkston, where it began its land journey October 22.

Originally, the trip was expected to happen in four segments.  But on one night, weather made moving impossible, and more than once the rig didn’t go as far as had been scheduled for reasons ITD never explained.

It’s headed to an undisclosed customer in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, in the heart of the oil sands.

(By The Lewiston Tribune)

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