Saturday, January 18, 2014

First of Three Mega-Loads Has Been on Road for Nearly 60 Days and Still Hasn't Cleared Idaho

Posted By on Sat, Jan 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Yes, those two mega-loads are still in Idaho. And while the first of three giant shipments hasn't budged in more than a week, the second is inching closer to the first.

A 900,000-pound mega-load left the Port of Umatilla in Eastern Oregon before Thanksgiving, and movers initially predicted that it would take about 20 days for the shipment to move through Oregon, Southern Idaho and Montana before heading to the Tar Sands oil project in Alberta, Canada. But protests and weather caused a series of stops and starts.

The first shipment stalled near the Idaho/Montana border because Montana transportation officials hadn't yet finished the permit for the mega-load to roll through the state. But now that Montana has completed the paperwork, it turns out the the mega-load is now wrestling with mechanical issues. According to this morning's Missoulian, the shipment remains parked on the Idaho side of Lost Trail Pass for a second weekend.

Meanwhile, the second mega-load is also on a Gem State roadway, Idaho Highway 28, just south of Salmon.

The third mega-load hasn't yet left Oregon's Port of Umatilla.

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