Oversized Load Crosses North Central Idaho in One Night

An extra-long load traveled on U.S. Highway 12 in north central Idaho late Thursday and early Friday.

The rig, carrying a generator skid to an undisclosed destination, went from an Idaho Transportation Department weigh station just east of Lewiston to the Montana border in a single night of travel, said Adam Rush, a Boise spokesman for the agency.

The cargo had originally been scheduled to move the week before Christmas but was delayed by weather.  It weighed close to 250,000 pounds, was about 15 feet wide, 16 1/2 feet tall, and 163 feet long, according to the transportation department.

A regular tractor-trailer is about 70 feet long and 8 1/2 feet wide.  A two-lane highway is usually about 24 feet wide.

The transportation department announced the Thursday move after the close of business on Thursday.  The agency did not know until after 6 pm local time that the weather conditions were right, Rush said.

One or two more extra-big rigs might be using U.S. Highway 12 later this month.

“We have not confirmed,” Rush said.

(By The Lewiston Tribune)

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