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    Moving a "Mega-Load"

     
    How do you move a piece of equipment that is 380 feet long and weighing almost one million pounds?

    Omega- Morgan, a trucking company based out of Hillsboro, OR is the company charged with the task. Hired by a subsidiary of General Electric to transport a very large piece of equipment needed in tar oil fields in Western Alberta.

    The moving of the large load can only occur at night after 10pm, to avoid massive traffic snarls along the route.

    Two trucks with a combined 1500 horsepower move along at a top speed of around 30mph, with one at the front, and one at the rear. A total weight in excess of 980,000 pounds rested on 140 tires from front to back requires a support crew of twenty people that work through the night to move the big rig along.

    There has been a great deal of controversy regarding the routes the company can take, and requires special permits from the states they travel through.

    The larger question is why wasn't the equipment manufactured on-site, or at least closer to the final resting place?

    The dangers this load causes to both motorists and the environment in general has many Montanans up in arms.

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