The Idaho Transportation Department issued a permit Friday to Omega Morgan to move a 382-foot-long 794,000-pound, 23-foot-wide and 19-foot-tall shipment of oil refinery equipment across southern Idaho.
This is the third oversized shipment the Oregon-based hauler is transporting through Oregon, Idaho and Montana to the Athabasca oil sands in Alberta, Canada.
Depending on weather conditions, the latest shipment could enter Idaho late Saturday night or Sunday morning.
This shipment is taking the same route as the two previous Omega Morgan shipments that traversed the state last month on a nearly 500-mile circuitous route through southwest and central Idaho starting near Homedale and running south of the Snake River to a river crossing near Mountain Home, then traveling north, including a 20-mile stretch along the Salmon River, before traversing the 7,014-foot Lost Trail Pass into Montana.
The permit allows travel between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The load will not travel if visibility is less than 500 feet.
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 will then move to the nearest available pullout, 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.
Omega Morgan has already hauled two megaload shipments through Oregon and Idaho. The first shipment left Umatilla, Ore., on Dec. 2 and arrived in Idaho on Dec. 23. It took nearly a month to travel through Idaho to the Montana border. The second shipment arrived in Idaho in early January and crossed into Montana about two weeks later.
Weather and Montana permitting hold-ups caused the most of the delays.