Thursday, July 8, 2010

Ready to Roll ... but Nowhere to Go

Posted By on Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 11:15 AM

In this week's BW, we explore how 200-plus oversized loads could soon be rolling across U.S. Highway 12 in North-Central Idaho. Each piece—as much as 580,000 pounds—would be constructed in South Korea, sail across the Pacific, up the Columbia to the Port of Lewiston, and then crawl across Highway 12. You can read the full story here.

Not getting as much attention are four 300-ton loads of coke drums, already sitting near the Lewiston docks. These behemoths are destined for the Conoco/Phillips refinery in Billings, Mont.

One of Four Conoco / Phillips Shipments
  • One of Four Conoco / Phillips Shipments
Conoco/Phillips has yet to receive oversized load permits from either the Idaho or Montana departments of transportation. In addition, the Arrow Bridge, about 12 miles east of Lewiston on Highway 12, is still under major maintenance. ITD says crews are working around the clock to complete resurfacing. Boise's McAlvain Construction is the contractor in charge of the Arrow Bridge project. The company's official contract with the ITD runs out next week, but it looks like it will be well into August before work is done.

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