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LOAD IS INBOUND 12-20=13

Motorists are advised to expect delays on southern and eastern Idaho highways during the transport of an over-legal load across the state to Montana, the Idaho Transportation Department announced.

ITD issued a permit today (Friday, Dec. 20) to Omega Morgan to move a shipment 23 feet wide; 18 feet, 11inches high; 382 feet long; and weighing 900,001 pounds. The permit allows travel between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.The load will not travel between 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) and 10 p.m. Dec. 26, or if visibility is less than 500 feet.

Entering the state on Idaho 19 from Oregon, it will:- Travel eastbound on Idaho 19 in the Homedale area to U.S. 95

- Travel south on U.S. 95 to Idaho 55

- Pass through part of Marsing and connect with Idaho 78

- Travel eastbound on Idaho 78 to Interstate 84

- Then travel westbound on I-84 to U.S. 20 at Mountain Home

- Travel northeast on U.S. 20, passing by Hill City, Corral and the Fairfield area to U.S. 20/93

- Shipment reaches Arco, continuing east on U.S. 20 to U.S. 22/33

- It continues northeast on Idaho 22

- From Idaho 22, it travels northeast to Idaho 28

- On Idaho 28, it travels northwest through the Leadore, Lemhi and Tendoy area, then to Salmon and U.S. 93

- At U.S. 93, it travels north to the Idaho/Montana state line.

Traffic delays should be expected on eastbound Interstate 84 between exits 99 and 112 (Hammett). A temporary closure of the eastbound I-84 off-ramp at exit 112 will be necessary. The equipment shipment will use the eastbound off-ramp to pull onto eastbound I-84, then use the eastbound lanes to travel westbound on I-84 for one-quarter mile. Pilot vehicles on I-84 will temporarily delay other eastbound vehicles while the shipment uses eastbound I-84. At an emergency vehicle pull-out, the load will cross over to the westbound lanes and move toward Mountain Home.

As much as possible, delays to other vehicles will be limited to 15 minutes. Flaggers and pilot vehicles will accompany the transport vehicle and notify its driver when other vehicles are approaching. The shipment then will move to the nearest available pull-out, drive to the side of the highway and let other vehicles pass.

When it is not traveling, the load will be pulled off the highway.


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