Coming and Going: Two Mega-Loads Will Roll In Region Sunday Night


Two mega-loads will be rolling through the region tonight.

As one 900,000-pound rig crawls across the Oregon/Idaho state line—just before it spends Christmas in the Gem State—yet another mega-load will leave Oregon's Port of Umatilla tonight, where it will begin a similar journey across Eastern Oregon, Southern Idaho and Montana, before heading north to the tar sands oil project in Alberta, Canada.

The Oregon Department of Transportation confirmed that the second mega-load would leave Umatilla tonight and that motorists could expect delays of up to 20 minutes in and around the mega-load. The transports are supposed to be traveling between 8 p.m.-6 a.m.

Meanwhile, the first mega-load, which is 376-feet long, 18-feet tall, and 22-feet wide, is way behind schedule. After facing several protests and a string of weather delays the industrial heat exchanger bound for Canada has been granted a permit from the Idaho Transportation Department. It's expected to enter Idaho near the Homedale area on Idaho State Highway 19. The Idaho permit allows the mega-load to travel between 10 p.m.-6 a.m., but the rig won't move on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day and will resume traveling at 10 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 26. The mega-load should take about six or seven travel days in Idaho. The route includes a short distance on Interstate 84 near Mountain Home.