Friday, December 27, 2013

Mega-Load Becomes a Holiday Attraction at Idaho Junction

Posted By on Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 10:27 AM

While a post-Christmas journey through Southern Idaho continues for a 900,000-pound mega-load, Idahoans in the Panhandle are preparing for yet another set of oversized shipments.

More than a few holiday travelers got their first glimpse of the first of three giant rigs to travel through Southern Idaho—as it was parked at the junction of U.S. 95 and Idaho 55 near Marsing. Idaho State Police and the Owyhee County Sheriff's Office even report that they cited a number of gawkers who parked illegally to see the mega-loads.

The oversized shipment, headed to the tar sands oil fields in Alberta, Canada, will continue its journey tonight as it heads toward Montana before turning north.

Meanwhile, this morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that the next round of mega-loads have arrived in Lewiston-Clarkston Valley. These shipments are bound for an oil refinery in Great Falls, Mont.

The Idaho Transportation Department wants to move these shipments through Lewiston and Moscow, up to Coeur d'Alene, before turning east toward Great Falls, Mont. Each shipment weighs about 1.6 million pounds, and measures about 472 feet long, 16 feet tall and 27 feet wide.

ITD officials told a public gathering in Coeur d'Alene that these mega-loads could completely shut down Interstate 90 in the Panhandle for "brief periods of time." Additionally, ITD says it wants to build a temporary I-90 on-ramp to facilitate the mega-loads.

The newest shipments are not expected to depart until sometime after the new year.

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