Public Involvement Coordinator
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Equipment shipment expected to begin travel on U.S. 12 tonight (Monday, Aug. 5)
BOISE – Motorists should expect delays of up to 15 minutes on U.S. 12 for the transport of an oversized load that is scheduled to begin tonight (Monday, Aug. 5), the Idaho Transportation Department announced.
Omega Morgan will transport one shipment eastbound on U.S. 12 to the Idaho/Montana border. The load will enter Idaho from the Port of Wilma in Clarkston, Wash., using Idaho 128.
The shipment, consisting of a water-purification vessel, is allowed to travel from 10 p.m. to about 5:30 a.m. between Lewiston and Kooskia, and from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. between Kooskia and the Montana state line. Weather permitting, the shipment is anticipated to take four nights.
The shipment weighs 644,000 pounds, is 255 feet in length, 21 feet wide and 24 feet tall.
Three flagging teams, three pilot vehicles, two vehicles with portable signs and an ambulance will accompany the shipment. The transportation plan requires that delays not exceed 15 minutes for other vehicles using U.S. 12. Locations have been identified along U.S. 12 where the shipments can safely pull over to let vehicles pass.
The Idaho Transportation Department is responsible for all highways on the State Highway System – interstates, state highways and U.S. routes. All other roads are under the jurisdiction of the local, city or county entity.