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Megaload headed through E. Oregon

Meeting with the Eastern Oregon Area Commission on Transportation takes place after the move

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Top, megaloads await transport by Omega Morgan, a Hillsboro heavy hauler, to Canada’s tar sands earlier this year. Above, the proposed route of a megaload from the Port of Umatilla to the Idaho border, provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Inset map is a detail of the route through Malheur County.

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VALE — The first of three planned super-sized loads is scheduled to move through Malheur County and three other Eastern Oregon counties this month on its way from the Port of Umatilla to Canada.

Plans call for the load to travel overnight over the next two weeks to reduce the impact to motorists, with delays of 20 minutes expected as it goes along the route. Because the load will take up both travel lanes while on the two-lane highways, traffic will be stopped along 5- to 7-mile segments, and the transport will pull over every 5 to 7 miles, if needed, to allow backed-up traffic to pass.

Two more loads are expected to come through the area before the end of December, but those dates have not been set.

The load is scheduled to travel through Umatilla, Grant and Baker counties, before reaching Malheur County, west of Ironside on U.S. Highway 26. It will come down to Highway 26 from Pendleton on U.S. Highway 395. After reaching Vale, the procession of pilot cars and transport will go east on Highway 20-26 to Clark Boulevard, where it will turn south on Clark to connect with Oregon Highway 201, west of Nyssa. It will proceed south through Adrian to Homedale (Idaho Highway 19 from the state line).

Total size of the transport vehicle and cargo, being moved by Omega Morgan, a heavy-haul specialist, will be 380 feet long, 23 feet wide and 19 feet tall, with the cargo, water purification equipment and parts, itself being 96 feet long, according to Tom Strandberg, Oregon Department of Transportation Region 5 spokesman.

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Top, megaloads await transport by Omega Morgan, a Hillsboro heavy hauler, to Canada’s tar sands earlier this year. Above, the proposed route of a megaload from the Port of Umatilla to the Idaho border, provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Inset map is a detail of the route through Malheur County.

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