Friday, February 4, 2011

Mega-loads Delayed by Weather for Second Night

Posted By on Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Old man winter is accomplishing something that mega-loads opponents have yet to do: stop the massive shipments from rolling.

For the second night, an arctic blast and icy roads stalled ConocoPhillips' effort to move the first of four mega-loads across U.S. Highway 12 in north central Idaho. The first shipment was expected to arrive at the Montana border by Saturday. Now, the earliest the first mega-load could reach Lolo Pass is Monday morning. But cold weather and snow are forecast through much of the weekend.

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Meanwhile, the Idaho Transportation Department is scrambling to deal with another challenge: the fact that traffic delays have been as long as 59 minutes, instead of the predicted 15 to 20 minutes. Revisions to Conoco's travel plan will be required before they're allowed to ship a second mega-load from the Port of Lewiston.

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