Two Megaloads to Travel over Lolo Pass, Rogers Pass

Two more megaloads and their entourage of pilot and support vehicles will brave the winter highways from Lolo Pass and through Missoula early next week.

Duane Williams of the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) said the oversized loads will probably start down U.S. Highway 12 from four miles east of the Idaho line late Monday night, unless weather delays their travel in Idaho.

They will stop at Bonner, then journey up Montana Highway 200 and over Rogers Pass on the next leg.  Mammoet, the contract hauler, is taking the ConocoPhillips evaporator vessels from Newberg, Oregon, to northern Alberta.

Williams said the loads are on the short and narrow side as recent megaloads go.  According to the permits approved by MDT, they are 15 feet, 10 inches wide, 140-5 feet long, and 19 1/2 feet high.  Each weighs 251,400 pounds.  They will travel after 10 pm, and travelers should anticipate some delays.

The first of the two vessels was slated to leave the Port of Wilma in Washington and make it all the way to Montana on Wednesday night, according to an Idaho Transportation Department release on Tuesday.  The departure date for the second transport was weather-dependent.

(By The Missoulian)

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