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ITD MEGA LOAD UPDATE 1-6-14

Omega Morganís first mega load of mining equipment to access the Canadian oil fields by way of Salmon passed through town last night. It then stopped for the day in the Gibbonsville area and, weather permitting, will start over Lost Trail Pass towards Montana tonight.

ITD issued a permit Friday, January 3 for Omega Morgan to move a second shipment. The second load is 23 feet wide; 18 feet, 11 inches high; 349 feet long; and weighing 799,900 pounds. The permit allows travel between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The load will not travel if visibility is less than 500 feet. Motorists are advised to expect delays on southern and eastern Idaho highways during the transport of a second Omega Morgan equipment shipment, the Idaho Transportation Department announced.

This shipment is taking the same route as the previous Omega Morgan transport. It could enter Idaho Sunday morning, depending on weather conditions.

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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