Megaloads hit mega snag, again

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by KREM.com/Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on February 4, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 4 at 6:07 PM

LEWISTON, ID (AP) — The Idaho megaloads traveling from the Port of Lewiston to Billings, Montana have hit another snag along the way.

Permits and lawsuits held up a Conoco Phillips shipment.  Now tight, windy roads and weather have created another delay on Highway 12. 

Before getting a permit to move the giant oil refinery equipment, Conoco Phillips had to agree shipping them would cause no longer than a 15 minute traffic delay for drivers behind them on the highway. A couple of nights ago, KREM 2 News was told the first shipment caused a 59 minute delay at a sharp curve on Highway 12 between Greer and Kamiah.

The Idaho Transportation Department demands the transport company, Emmert International, devise a new plan before the second massive coke drum can leave the Port of Lewiston. ITD says it is working with Emmert to make sure that all of the corners can safely be navigated to keep the traffic delays to a minimum.

The Conoco Phillips transport trailer also scraped a rock outcropping en route on Wednesday night. A spokesman with the Idaho Department of Transportation says the trailer was inspected on the scene and determined to be structurally sound and cleared to proceed. 

Now winter weather has delayed travel. Snow predictions kept the load in Kooskia Thursday night.  Now more snow and freezing rain predictions through the weekend mean it won’t leave until Monday night at the earliest.  Idaho transportation officials say it is not moving forward with the transport until it can be done safely.

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