Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Megaloads stalled by wintry weather

Montana issues travel permit for large loads


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

    Although the Montana Transportation Department issued a travel permit on Friday for megaloads of oil production equipment to move through the state, wintry weather has stalled movement of two loads that still remained in Idaho on Tuesday.
    “At this time, they’re having quite a bit of snow, at least on Highway 93,” Idaho Transportation Department spokesman Adam Rush said Tuesday. “Weather conditions are holding them up. They might move tonight, depending on the weather.”
    Both megaloads, bound for the Athabasca tar sands oil production fields in northeast Alberta, Canada, passed through southern Blaine County on U.S. Highway 20 on their journey.
    The first load passed through Timmerman Junction at about 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 30. It remained parked Tuesday about 10 miles from the Idaho-Montana border near Gibbonsville on state Highway 93 at Lost Trail Pass.
    The second load passed through Timmerman Junction at about 11:45 p.m. on Jan. 7.  It remained parked Tuesday at a highway weigh station just east of Butte City.
    It remained unknown Tuesday when a third megaload would pass into Idaho from Oregon.
Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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