Montana News

Feb 1, 2011 7:06 PM by Melissa Anderson (Helena)

"Mega load" trucks en route to Billings through Helena

A pair of large oversized coke drums headed for a Billings oil refinery by way of Helena left Lewiston, Idaho on Tuesday.

The mega loads were finally permitted in Idaho and are now on their way to Montana.

According to the Montana Department of Transportation they should hit the border on or about February 5th.

The 24-foot wide by 28-feet tall parts will be followed very closely along their route, according to MDT director Jim Lynch.

Lynch explained, "Their travel schedule will change based on weather. When it's safe to move and when it's not safe to move. But we should expect, if everything goes well when they start moving off of the pass on Highway 12 from the Idaho-Montana border, it would be approximately six days before they hit Helena. Then approximately another seven to eight days before they hit Billings."

Lynch says the trucks transporting the loads should be coming through Helena by mid-month.

He said they will try and give the public 24 hours notice of the event.

They will be traveling mostly at night in order to avoid heavy traffic.

Lynch says that Conoco is insured and bonded for the trip and there should be no impact on state roads.