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First of Three Mega-Loads Gets Green Light to Roll Out of Idaho, Into Montana


The Montana Department of Transportation announced late Friday that it had granted a permit for a mega-load to cross the Idaho border into Montana before rolling north toward the Tar Sands oil project in Alberta, Canada—but inclement weather conditions will have the final say on whether any mega-loads move.

This morning's Missoulian reports that a 900,000-pound, over-sized shipment that is parked west of Lost Trail Pass on U.S. Highway 93 will be allowed to travel as early as Sunday night. Montana transportation officials said the mega-load will only be allowed to travel after 10 p.m. and can't roll if the road ahead has snow and/or ice on it.

Meanwhile, a second mega-load is parked east of Butte City, near the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and Idaho Highway 33. Idaho transportation officials were reluctant to allow the second mega-load to roll until the first moved across the Idaho-Montana border.

A third mega-load is expected to leave the Port of Umatilla any day now before traveling through Eastern Oregon and following the same route as the first two over-sized shipments.