Mega-loads are rolling across U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho. But no, they're not the controversial oil rigs from ExxonMobil. The massive shipments are evaporators destined for a Weyerhauser pulp mill in Grande Prairie, Alberta.
The first shipment moved out of the Port of Wilma, Wash., and onto Highway 12 near Lewiston early this morning. It will take five nights to roll the mega-load up the Clearwater and Lochsa rivers to the Montana line at Lolo Pass. Six of the loads are mammoth: 29 feet high, 24 feet wide and 185 feet long. The shipments are being moved by Nickel Brothers of Everett, Wash.
Meanwhile, ExxonMobil is back in a Montana courtroom today, still trying to negotiate legal roadblocks in their effort to move nearly 200 mega-loads along the same route. As an alternative, Exxon has been "breaking down" some of its mega-loads to travel along Highway 95 from Lewiston through Moscow and Coeur d'Alene, before heading west to Montana and north to Alberta.