Saturday, January 4, 2014

Coming and Going: Idaho Hosting Two Mega-Loads This Weekend

Posted By on Sat, Jan 4, 2014 at 1:01 PM

A controversial mega-load that spent the holidays crawling across Southern Idaho is ready to roll into Montana—if only it had a permit to do so.

It turns out that Montana transportation officials, who have known about the oversized shipment since it began rolling in Eastern Oregon around Thanksgiving, still haven't completed their review of the transport company's plan to roll through Montana before heading to the tar sands oil project in Alberta, Canada.

"We received a revised plan right before Christmas, so our district folks are still looking at it,” said Duane Williams, head of the Motor Carrier Services division at the Montana Department of Transportation. “I would bet we’ll issue the first permit the first part of next week.”

So for now, the mega-load is near the community of Howe, Idaho, about 170 miles from Lost Trail Pass.

Meanwhile, the Idaho Transportation Department has issued a permit to the second of three mega-loads to travel the same route across Southern Idaho. The new shipment—23 feet wide, 10 feet high and 349 feet long—would enter Idaho as early as Sunday morning.

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