A 300-ton load that’s traveled 5,200 miles across the ocean, 300 miles upriver and 700 miles overland will make its second-to-last stop on Tuesday morning.
The trip was marked by controversy in Idaho and western Montana by environmental groups and some local officials who opposed the load being routed along scenic roadways.
Billings residents will see the two halves of one coke drum perched atop the Rimrocks being welcomed by members of the community at 7 a.m. The event is sponsored by the Big Sky EDA. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided to the crew that’s been transporting the megaload over the last few weeks.
The megaload left Lewiston, Idaho, in February. Rich Johnson with ConocoPhillips said the wide load permit allowed for only night travel. The trucks hit the roads at midnight and were required to be off the roadways by 6 a.m. moving at a top speed of 35 mph.
They were not allowed to travel on Saturdays.
The drum will be moving one last time on Tuesday night to its final stop at the ConocoPhillips refinery, 401 S. 23rd St. on Wednesday morning.
Johnson said the unloading process could take several days. The equipment will not be installed on-site until sometime next year.
Once the coker is unloaded, the drivers from Emmert International will be returning to Idaho to bring back a second coker. The second one is expected to arrive by the end of June.