Idaho Transportation Department officials say they're not sure who manufactured the latest oversized loads or even where they're ultimately heading, but the ITD did confirm Friday that the mega-loads could be rolling across U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho as early as Monday, Dec. 3.
This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that the ITD has given the green light for two huge water purification vessels to be hauled across U.S. Highway 12 from the Port of Wilma, Wash., to the Idaho-Montana border. Each shipment is 80,000 pounds, 20 feet tall and 20 feet wide. Flagging teams and pilot vehicles will accompany the mega-loads, delaying traffic no more than 15 minutes, according to the ITD.
But Mother Nature will have the final say. Rain, snow and temperatures near the freezing mark are forecast for the region over the next few days.
While ITD officials couldn't say where the shipments were destined after they leave Idaho, similar water purification mega-loads were sent to an undisclosed customer in Alberta, Canada, in late October, according to the Tribune. Those shipments included a 520,000-pound piece of equipment, one of the largest rigs ever to crawl across U.S. 12.