Oregon Transportation Officials Get Earful; Mega-Loads Delayed Until Sunday

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Officials with the Oregon Department of Transportation heard an earful November 26 at a public hearing surrounding the issue of mega-loads crawling across Oregon highways over the next few weeks. ODOT officials said they sent out news releases and reviewed the planned route.

But this morning's Ontario Argus Observer reports that the representatives from the Umatilla Tribe and officials from the communities of Nyssa and Vale said there had been a disconnect and still had concerns about the impact on the giant shipments would have on local thoroughfares.

Meanwhile, officials with Omega Morgan, the Oregon-based moving company contracted to move the shipment up to the Tar Sands Oil Project in Alberta, Canada, said it would delay its initial plan to move the mega-loads this week. Instead, the rig will now begin moving Sunday, Dec. 1.

"We weren't in any huge rush," spokeswoman Holly Zander told the Associated Press, adding the company hadn't planned to move on Thanksgiving anyway.

The new route, through Eastern Oregon, is approximately 300 miles long, much of it rolling across Highways 395 and 26. When the mega-load arrives in Idaho—and there are expected to be at least two more that follow—the giant rig is expected to roll through the communities of Homedale and Marsing, before traveling on Interstate 84 past Mountain Home, and then moving to U.S. Highways 20, 28 and 93 before heading into Montana.