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ITD gives go-ahead for Nickel Bros. megaload to move tonight on Highway 12

The Idaho Transportation Department has announced that it's issued a permit for Nickel Bros. transportation company to take its first megaload across U.S. Highway 12 tonight, bound for a Weyerhaeuser pulp mill in northern Alberta. The load will be 29 feet high, 24 feet wide, and 185 feet long, and weighs 567,650 pounds. The Moscow-based conservation group Friends of the Clearwater filed a petition for a contested-case hearing on the plan, which includes a dozen oversize loads, several of which are wide enough to block both lanes of the two-lane road, but ITD Director Brian Ness rejected the petition. Click below to read ITD's full announcement.



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Nickel Bros shipment receives permit to use U.S. 12 starting tonight

BOISE - Nickel Bros received an over-legal permit today that will allow it to start moving an equipment shipment for Weyerhaeuser on U.S. 12 tonight after 10 p.m., the Idaho Transportation Department announced.

The equipment is for a high-efficiency evaporator plant that is designed to reduce greenhouse gases and generate electricity from steam.

The shipment will arrive in Idaho from the Port of Wilma in Clarkston, Wash., shortly after 10, then travel east on U.S. 12 to the Montana border. It is 29 feet high, 24 feet wide, 185 feet long and weighs 567,650 pounds.

The final destination is a Weyerhaeuser plant in Grande Prairie, Alberta. It will travel at night and be accompanied to the state line by an ambulance and pilot cars. Nickel Bros is a contract hauler that specializes in moving large loads.

The travel schedule is:
- First night: Port of Wilma in Washington to milepost 38.8 on U.S. 12
- Second night: Milepost 38.8 to to milepost 73.8
- Third night: Milepost 73.8 to milepost 139.4
- Fourth night: Milepost 139.4 to milepost 169
- Fifth night: Milepost 169 into Montana

Pullouts have been identified to allow traffic to pass, limiting traffic delays to about 15 minutes. The shipment will travel between 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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