Idaho is currently down to one mega-load, but not for long.
The first of three oversized shipments destined for the tar sands oil project in Alberta, Canada, finally crossed into Montana Jan. 20, after already spending nearly two months on the road, most of the time in Idaho. The mega-load left Oregon's Port of Umatilla just before Thanksgiving 2013 but was repeatedly stalled by weather, protests, and a delay in paperwork from the Montana Department of Transportation.
A second mega-load is still parked near Salmon and a third shipment awaits its green light at the Port of Umatilla.
This morning's Missoulian reports that the first mega-load was met by a curious crowd as it rumbled through Montana's Bitterroot Valley Jan. 20-21. A security guard told the Missoulian that the mega-load had been stuck in the ice and snow near Lost Trail Pass near the Idaho-Montana border and that more than 1,000 gallons of de-icing fluid had to be used to get the tires rolling again.
The next leg of the first mega-load's trip will run through Missoula and then up Montana's Interstate 90 to Bonner, where the equipment will be placed on a shorter, taller trailer before proceeding to Canada.