Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Mega-loads: Four-Day Journey Will Now Take at Least 11 Days

Posted By on Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 9:30 AM

It would normally take a motorist three to four hours to travel comfortably from Lewiston to Lolo Pass at the Montana border. But no one ever expected a record-breaking load of oil equipment to make it in that time. That's why a 700-page travel plan from ConocoPhillips estimated that the oil giant's mega-loads should take their time and travel only at night. The plan says that the shipments should take four days to travel across north central Idaho ... in a best-case scenario.

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But mother nature has had the final say on whether or not the giant coke drums should roll across U.S. Highway 12. The first of four mega-loads remained parked along side the highway again Monday night, due to inclement weather. That means that the four-day trip will take a minimum of 11 days. Then, and only then, will a second load leave the Port of Lewiston.

In tomorrow's BW, we visit Highway 12 with its beautiful daytime vistas and its terrifying nightime twists and curves in the pitch of darkness. Ironically, we also happened upon State District Judge John Bradbury at a Lewiston coffeeshop. He talked a bit about how he came to decide to slap an injunction on the mega-load plan.

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