Thursday, August 12, 2010

Arrow Bridge Nears Completion; Giant Rigs Could Move Next Week

Posted By on Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 6:04 PM

As early as next week, the first massive loads of oil equipment could be traveling on U.S. Highway 12.

A spokesman for the Idaho Department of Transportation told Citydesk that a major resurfacing job on the Arrow Bridge, east of Lewiston, should be partially completed by Wednesday, Aug. 18. At that time, the bridge will be reopened to traffic. That, in turn, means commercial traffic can resume on that stretch of U.S. 12, according to Mel Coulter with ITD.

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Four 300-ton loads of coke drums already sitting near the Lewiston docks, are awaiting a journey from Lewiston, across U.S. 12 and up to a Conoco/Phillips refinery in Billings, Mont. The Conoco loads have not attracted as much attention as the the 200-plus oversized loads that Exxon/Mobil wants to transport across U.S. 12.

Conoco could apply for a permit to transport their four loads as early as Friday, giving them five to begin the journey. That means, the first of the giant convoys could roll next Wednesday or Thursday.

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