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Follow the Megaload with ISP Tweets

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Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, a security officer walks past the megaload while at a stopping point outside of Arco, about 50 miles west of Idaho Falls, Idaho. The 45-ton shipment of oil production equipment was bound for Canada's disputed tar sands energy development. (AP Photo/The Idaho Post-Register, Pat Sutphin)

FAIRFIELD - Want daily updates on the whereabouts of the megaload shipments coming through Idaho? Follow the Idaho State Police on Twitter.

In an effort to keep the public informed on the location of the shipments during the day, ISP will post the information every morning on its Twitter account. Follow @IdahoStPolice for the updates.

ISP says its regional communication center in southern Idaho and county dispatch centers throughout southern Idaho have been inundated with calls from the public and the media with questions about the location of Omega Morgan's megaload equipment shipment.

By using Twitter, ISP hopes to keep its lines and county dispatch lines open for emergency communications.

The Idaho Transportation Department issued permits to Omega Morgan for two shipments of equipment that have traveled along southern and eastern Idaho highways over the past two weeks.

The shipments are permitted to travel during the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. with weather and road conditions permitting.

The tweets will tell you where the megaloads are parked each morning.

Information won't be provided as the shipment is in progress, or about when the shipment starts moving again or how far it's expected to travel each night.

The first shipment did not travel on Monday night and is currently located on U.S. Highway 93 at milepost 341 at the Lost Trail Pass north of Gibbonsville. The second shipment traveled from the junction of Idaho highways 78 and 51 west of Hammett to U.S. 20 at milepost 126 near Cat Creek Summit east of Mountain Home.

When stopped, the shipments are pulled completely off of the roadway.

"The safety of the public is the top priority of law enforcement at those locations," ISP said in a press release Tuesday. "The public is reminded to obey all traffic laws and to use common sense when stopping to view or photograph trucks."

ISP asks onlookers to stay off the highway while on foot, pull completely off the roadway to photograph the equipment, and use extreme caution when leaving or re-entering the highway.

ISP also reminded drivers not to make U-turns on highways.

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