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ITD: Single megaload will travel Highway 12 on Friday night, from east to west

The Idaho Transportation Department has just announced that a giant megaload will travel on U.S. Highway 12 starting tomorrow night, headed from east to west. The load, according to ITD, is a pipe that weighs 185,000 pounds, is 95 feet long, 22 feet wide and 17.1 feet high; it will travel at night. The shipment is planned by Selway Corp., which is sending the large-diameter pipe to a hydro-electric project at Snoqualmie Falls.

This is the same route on which a proposal for large numbers of megaloads of Canada-bound oil equipment prompted lawsuits; it runs through a designated wild and scenic rivers corridor. Megaloads are wide enough to block both lanes of the winding, two-lane route, creating rolling roadblocks; Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil had planned to travel the opposite direction on Highway 12. The Selway load will be traveling from Stevensville, Mont., to Snoqualmie Falls, Wash. Click below for ITD's full announcement.


Adam Rush
Public Involvement Coordinator
(208) 334-8119


Selway shipment to start trip Friday night on U.S. 12 to Washington

BOISE – The Selway Corp. will transport an over-legal load westbound across U.S. 12 starting Friday night, the Idaho Transportation Department announced.


The shipment will travel from Stevensville in Montana to Snoqualmie Falls, Wash. It is a pipe that weighs 185,000 pounds, is 95 feet in length, 22 feet wide and 17.10 feet high. The large-diameter pipe will divide water into two channels for a hydro project at Snoqualmie Falls.


The shipment will travel from 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. in Idaho, and is scheduled to take one to two nights to travel across the Idaho section of U.S. 12, depending on weather.


It will enter Washington on U.S. 195 north of Lewiston.


Three traffic control flaggers, three pilot vehicles, an ambulance and a Selway Corp. service vehicle will accompany the shipment.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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