Idaho Transportation Department Greenlights Mega-Load for U.S. Highway 12

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The Idaho Transportation Department has issued a permit today for a mega-load to roll across from the Port of Wilma in Washington, entering Idaho on Route 128 and along U.S. Highway 12 to the Montana border. But this time, the shipment—which weighs approximately 520,000 pounds—is water purification equipment destined for northern Alberta.

The load, which has been shipped up the Columbia River, is expected to leave the Port of Wilma beginning Monday, Oct. 22, and take four days to reach the Montana border before heading north.

The mega-load, which is 300 feet long, 20 feet wide and 22 feet high, will be accompanied by three flagging teams, three pilot vehicles, two vehicles with portable signs and the Idaho State Police.

In February 2011, four mega-loads of giant coke drums rolled across U.S. Highway 12, but because of inclement weather, the anticipated four-day journey stretched into 11 days.

Later that same year, Lin Laughy and Borg Hendrickson, who live along U.S. Highway 12, successfully battled ExxonMobil in the oil giant's quest to roll scores of mega-loads along the same route. Instead, mega-loads were broken up into smaller shipments and sent by alternate routes on their way to the Kearl Oil Sands Project in Alberta.

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