Two stripped-down mega-loads are again poised to roll through Moscow and Coeur d'Alene this weekend before moving toward Montana and up to the Kearl Oil Sands Project in Alberta, Canada.
The Idaho Transportation Department has reissued permits for the two ExxonMobil shipments. The shipments had originally been scheduled to roll in June, but the Idaho State Police indicated that they could not spare extra patrolman to escort the convoys. Exxon is footing the bill for two ISP officers.
Because the mega-loads have been pared down, ITD allowed them to travel up Highway 95 from the Port of Lewiston, through Moscow and up to the Panhandle before cutting over to I-90 and into Montana. The Idaho portion of the journey is expected to take no more than three days. The loads will travel between 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. The permits will allow the shipments to roll as early as tomorrow.
Meanwhile Exxon is still waiting for all of the legal hurdles to be cleared in its effort to ship more than 200 full sized mega-loads across U.S. Highway 12 in north central Idaho.