Traffic delays expected as transport leaves Umatilla

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NEWS RELEASE -- Motorists should expect slow travel and delays of up to twenty minutes as an oversized transport carrying water purification equipment and parts makes its way from the Port of Umatilla, heading south east through Umatilla, Grant, Baker and Malheur counties in eastern Oregon to the Idaho border near Homedale, Idaho. The giant transport typically travels less than 35 miles per hour and will take several days, mostly traveling at night, 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 freight has been staged at the Port of Umatilla for the past couple months and may be hitting the road as soon as Friday evening, depending on weather conditions.

The oversize load will typically travel at night between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. to reduce the impacts to travelers, but may travel during the daytime on remote highway sections. It will park off the roadway between travel periods and not move during times of hazardous weather 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 caravan with push and pull trucks, plus cargo trailer is over 300 feet long, 23 feet wide and 19 feet tall. 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.