Sunday, November 24, 2013

Mega-Load Will Roll Tonight, Heading Toward Treasure Valley

Posted By on Sun, Nov 24, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Residents of Eastern Oregon and the Treasure Valley will get an eyeful of mega-load shipments sooner than later.

Just before closing for business late in the day on Nov. 22, the Oregon Department of Transportation issued a permit for Omega Morgan to move a giant rig—380 feet long and weighing 901,000 pounds—beginning Sunday night. The first of at least three mega-loads is expected to roll from the Port of Umatilla and travel across segments of Interstate 84, U.S. Highways 20, 26, 395 and 730, in addition to Oregon Highway 201.

When the mega-loads hit the Oregon-Idaho border, Idaho Transportation officials are considering a route where the oversized shipments would roll across the desert southwest of Boise before moving northeast to U.S. Highway 20 south of Bellevue, north on U.S. Highway 28 along the Lemhi River before merging onto U.S. Highway 93 through the town of Salmon and moving toward Montana and then north to the Tar Sands oil fields in Alberta, Canada.

Meanwhile, representatives from Omega Morgan were scheduled to brief the public Monday, Nov. 25, at the offices of the Eastern Oregon Area Commission on Transportation in Ontario. The meeting is set for 11 a.m.

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