Posted: Aug 10, 2013 9:49 AM by MTN News
LOLO PASS - The much talked about megaload finally crossed the Idaho border into Montana early on Friday.
Despite all the protests we've been hearing about in Idaho, the scene was all quiet when we stopped by and checked out the scene.
A security guard where the megaload is parked said he hadn't seen any protesters in Montana as of yet.
The megaload is parked off U.S. Highway 12 by mile marker 4, west of Lolo. What's under wraps, is a giant, water purification unit that's bound for the tar sands in Alberta, Canada.
Protests by the Nez Pierce Tribe in Idaho has generated a lot of interest in the shipment and many people were stopping to take pictures.
We talked with some of the folks, as well as with an area business to see what they thought about the latest large shipment to enter Montana.
"I wanted to see how big the load was, and to see what the controversy was all about, why we have people protesting a shipment," motorcyclist Tony Johnson said.
"We've got calls from far away as California. People have reservations here, and they want to make sure that they'd be able to get here because they thought the road would be closed down," Roger Dejong with Lolo Lodge told us.
The megaload will be parked by the highway until Sunday night, where it will then head down to U.S. Highway 93 in Lolo before making its way onto Reserve Street. It will then head onto Montana Highway 200 and continue on its way to Canada.