Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Transportation Plan for Mega-loads is Heavy Reading

Posted By on Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 4:29 PM

LEWISTON-The 2011 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records is 288 pages.

The King James Version of the Bible is 500 pages.

War and Peace is 600 pages.

ConocoPhillips' Transportation Plan to move four mega-loads? Seven hundred pages.

"Let's just say it's extremely detailed," Adam Rush, Idaho Transportation Dept. spokesman, told Citydesk.

Conoco is spending its final hours leading up to the first mega-load transit by going over each of those details with its "moving company" Emmert International. Emmert crews will be driving the loads across U.S. Highway 12 and on to Conoco's refinery in Billings, Mont.

"I give Conoco a fair amount of credit," said Rush. "They worked very hard to accommodate the concerns that ITD received from Idaho citizens."

The mega-loads will be accompanied by four Idaho State Police vehicles (two in front, two in the rear), an ambulance, five support vehicles and two pilot vehicles (to manage traffic around the loads approximately every 15 to 20 miles).

Rush said it's no surprise that ExxonMobil will be watching the Conoco shipment very closely. Exxon wants to send more than 200 mega-loads across the same route.

"A lot of people are watching tonight," said Rush.

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