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Megaload parked in Oregon until weather conditions improve

Megaload parked in Oregon until weather conditions improve

By On Your Side Newsroom. CREATED Dec 4, 2013

The oversized load that is making its way through eastern Oregon to Canada is parked off the highway until road and weather conditions improve.

Colder temperatures and precipitation have dumped several inches of snow along numerous eastern Oregon highways, including sections of U.S. 395 and U.S. 26 that are part of the approved route of the transport.

Alerts will be posted on TripCheck.com advising motorists to expect slow travel and delays of up to twenty minutes when the big shipment of water purification equipment and parts begins traveling again.

Three units were approved to make the trip from the Port of Umatilla to the Idaho border near Homedale, ID, heading south east through Umatilla, Grant, Baker and Malheur counties.

Each load is expected to take several evenings to make the journey through the state on segments of Interstate 84, U.S.395, U.S.26, U.S.20, OR201 and other roads.

The oversized load will travel at night between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. to reduce the impact to travelers. It will park off the roadway during daylight hours and not be allowed to move during times of snowy, icy, foggy or other hazardous conditions.

The transport will take up both travel lanes while on two-lane highways. Traffic will be stopped at regular intervals as needed. Pilot cars in front of and behind the load will inform the movers when to pull over at designated sites to let waiting vehicle pass.

The total transport vehicle and cargo will be 380-feet long (longer than a football field), 23 feet wide and 19 feet tall, with the cargo itself being just 96-feet long.

Because of the overall height of the load it cannot travel on Interstate 84, except for a short section between Stanfield and Pendleton where it will be routed around overpasses via freeway on and off ramps. The freight contains no hazardous materials, fuels or liquids.