ITD issues permit for megaload to cross Idaho highways

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ITD issues permit for megaload to cross Idaho highways

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by KTVB

KTVB.COM

Posted on December 20, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 21 at 4:10 AM

BOISE – The Idaho Transportation Department issued a permit today to Omega Morgan to transport a 450-ton shipment of oilfield equipment across highways in southern and eastern Idaho.

The megaload is 382 feet long and weighs 900,001 pounds.  It left the Port of Umatilla on Dec. 1 and is bound for Alberta, Canada.  It has been delayed by protests and bad weather in Eastern Oregon.

ITD released details about the route the megaload will take through Idaho and is cautioning motorists to expects delays along those highways.

The permit allows the megaload to travel between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.  However, travel is not allowed between 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) and 10 p.m. Dec. 26, or if visibility is less than 500 feet.

The company hauling the megaload had expected to cross the border from Vale, Ore., into Idaho on Friday night.

Spokeswoman Holly Zander says they will have to wait for better weather, and hope to try again Saturday night.

The load will enter the Gem State on Idaho 19 from Oregon, and here is the route it will take:

- Travel eastbound on Idaho 19 in the Homedale area to U.S. 95
- Travel south on U.S. 95 to Idaho 55
- Pass through part of Marsing and connect with Idaho 78
- Travel eastbound on Idaho 78 to Interstate 84
- Then travel westbound on I-84 to U.S. 20 at Mountain Home
- Travel northeast on U.S. 20, passing by Hill City, Corral and the Fairfield area to U.S. 20/93
- Shipment reaches Arco, continuing east on U.S. 20 to U.S. 22/33
- It continues northeast on Idaho 22
- From Idaho 22, it travels northeast to Idaho 28
- On Idaho 28, it travels northwest through the Leadore, Lemhi and Tendoy area, then to Salmon and U.S. 93
- At U.S. 93, it travels north to the Idaho/Montana state line.

To see the map on the app, scroll through the photos.

Motorists should expect traffic delays on eastbound I-84 between exits 99 and 112 (Hammett).

A temporary closure of the eastbound I-84 off-ramp at exit 112 will be necessary. The equipment shipment will use the eastbound off-ramp to pull onto eastbound I-84, then use the eastbound lanes to travel westbound on I-84 for one-quarter mile. Pilot vehicles on I-84 will temporarily delay other eastbound vehicles while the shipment uses eastbound I-84. At an emergency vehicle pull-out, the load will cross over to the westbound lanes and move toward Mountain Home.

ITD hopes to limit all other delays along the route to 15 minutes.

When the shipment is not traveling, the load will be pulled off the highway.

Zander also says, they have two more shipments planned, and that this route is not a viable longterm route.

The second load will start moving through the Port of Umatilla this weekend.

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