Mega-Loads Set to Visit Idaho Panhandle Next



With previous mega-load shipments rolling through every other corner of Idaho, it may soon be Bonner County's turn to see oversized shipments, as plans are under way to move three massive pieces of equipment across the Panhandle to a refinery in Great Falls, Mont.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that permits are being developed by the Idaho Transportation Department, which could allow three 1.6 million pound hydrocracker segments. Hydrocracking units upgrade low-quality gas oil into high-quality jet fuel, diesel and gasoline.

The preferred route would see the loads enter Idaho near Lewiston, travel on U.S. 95 through Moscow and Coeur d'Alene, but then do some creative maneuvering around Sandpoint. The mega-loads are too big to travel on sections of U.S. 95 near the Bonner County community, and therefore, they would need to roll through the city's business loop before accessing Highway 200 and traveling east.

The mega-loads would travel between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., seven days a week.

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