Megaload caused delays, scraped against rocks

Megaload caused delays, scraped against rocks

Megaload caused delays, scraped against rocks

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on February 4, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 5 at 11:39 AM

LEWISTON, Idaho -- The Conoco Phillips megaloads traveling through Idaho have hit another snag.

Tight, windy roads and weather have created another delay.

One of the megaloads traveling through North Idaho on Highway 12 scraped a rock outcropping Wednesday night.

A spokesman with the Idaho Transportation Department says the transport trailer was inspected on scene and determined to be structurally sound and cleared to proceed.

This comes as Conoco Phillips is required to devise a new plan if it wants to continue to move those megaloads through Idaho.

ITD demanded the company submit a new plan before allowing the oil company to send a second giant truckload of refinery equipment up Highway 12.  This comes as the first load caused a 59-minute traffic delay.

The shipments are allowed to delay traffic no longer than 15 minutes.

Agency spokesman Adam Rush said the delay occurred as the load went around a sharp curve between Greer and Kamiah.

The load left Orofino just after 10 p.m. Wednesday and arrived at Kooskia around 5:15 a.m. on Thursday.

The company kept the load in Kooskia Thursday night because of snow predicted in the area. Now more snow and freezing rain predictions through the weekend mean it won’t leave until Monday night at the earliest.  Idaho transportation officials say it is not moving forward with the transport until it can be done safely.

The load is the first of four headed for the refinery in Billings, Montana.

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