TWIN FALLS • Harsh weather conditions in Oregon will delay the nearly one million pound of oil refinery equipment from crossing the Idaho border this weekend.
The megaload is traveling through, Oregon, Idaho and Montana to reach its final destination in Alberta. The heavy equipment will be used to extract oil from Canada’s large tar sands.
The megaload is currently sitting near Pendleton, Ore, said Holly Zander, spokeswoman for Omega Morgan - the Hillsboro company moving the equipment.
“The weather in Pendleton was fine but the drivers saw that the weather further along the route would be too poor to drive in,” Zander said. “And the drivers didn’t want to leave and then stop right away.”
As of press time Thursday, it was unclear if the weather would hinder the load again from leaving that night.
Idaho transportation officials have completed the preliminary analysis and didn’t find any potential barriers — such as unsafe bridges — along the caravan’s planned route, said Adam Rush, spokesman for the Idaho Transportation Department.
“The bridge analysis hasn’t resulted in a change to the proposed route,” Rush said.
The route would see the load move through Blaine and Butte counties.
Idaho is expected to issue a permit for the use of the state highways by the time the load hits the Oregon border.
The multi-axle trailers hauling the 900,000 load are designed to distribute the weight over a larger area, which would avoid damaging roads, Rush said.
“The technology of these trailers is amazing,” he said.