Megaload Past Lowell, May Have Resumed Trip Overnight


A megaload was parked nine miles east of here on Thursday, awaiting the second leg of a journey on U.S. Highway 12 that started Wednesday.

Another extra-large rig was expected to enter Idaho after 10 pm on Thursday and travel an unspecified distance on U.S. Highway 12, said Adam Rush, a spokesman for the Idaho Transportation Department in Boise.

The load that left on Wednesday was likely not going to travel again on Thursday night, Rush said, weather conditions permitting.

The trucks and their cargo, evaporator vessels, weigh 255,600 pounds and are 19.6 feet tall, 16 feet wide, and 141 feet long.  The shipments create delays for motorists as long as 15 minutes and are accompanied by pilot vehicles and flagging staff to help get motorists around them.  They are only permitted to travel between 10 pm and 5:30 am.

They came from Newberg, Oregon, and are being taken by contract hauler Mammoet to northern Alberta, Canada, for ConocoPhillips.

(By the Lewiston Tribune)

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