Thursday, January 9, 2014

Mega-Load Will Have to Be Retrofitted Before Heading North to Tar Sands

Posted By on Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 9:36 AM

This morning's Missoulian reports that the transport company—contracted to haul three mega-loads from the Port of Umatilla, through Eastern Oregon, Southern Idaho and Western Montana before heading north to the tar sands oil project in Alberta, Canada—ran into two setbacks "that forced it to revise its travel plan with the Montana Department of Transportation."

That's why the MTD has yet to issue a permit to the first of the oversized shipments, which continues parked 10 miles from the Idaho-Montana border.

Montana transportation officials say a revised plan would now see the mega-load travel from Lost Trail Pass to Bonner, Mont., in its current configuration. Then the shipment would need to be retrofitted for the rest of its journey north.

Meanwhile, a second mega-load is still in Idaho as well—parked 280 miles behind the first, near Fairfield.

The Idaho Transportation Department has indicated that it doesn't want the second shipment to roll until the first clears the Montana border.

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