ExxonMobil has gotten the green light to move its first two mega-loads through Idaho, but not along U.S. Highway 12. Rather, the Idaho Transportation Department issued two permits for oversized loads to crawl up Lewiston Hill on U.S. 95, through the City of Moscow and on to Interstate 90, where it will head east to Montana before rolling up to the Kearl Oil Sands Project in Alberta, Canada.
Two shipments will begin moving Monday, June 27. One of the loads, more than 400,000 pounds and 23 feet wide will fill two lanes and will need to travel between 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. The other shipment, 14 feet wide will be authorized to move during the day.
Future shipments, including truck and trailer, are expected to be 24 feet wide, 15 feet, 10 inches high, 208 feet long and weigh 432,721 pounds. Permits for those have not been issued.