Omega Morgan’s megaload won’t reach the John Day Valley for more than a week, even if it leaves on schedule this Sunday night.

Conditions of the permit, released Saturday by the Oregon Department of Transportation, restrict travel at certain times through the Thanksgiving week.

The load, described as a heat exchanger, is expected to leave the Port of Umatilla Sunday night and take up to two weeks to travel south through Eastern Oregon and east across Idaho, en route to the final destination in Alberta, Canada.

A company official acknowledged earlier this week that Highway 395, from Pendleton south to Mt. Vernon, is one of the slower sections of highway the transport faces because of the curves.

Even if the load makes good time, the permit doesn't allow travel south of milepost 52.1 on Highway 395 before Sunday, Dec. 1. That milepost is about 10 miles north of the Dale Store.

In addition, the company must park it the entire Thanksgiving weekend, with no travel allowed from 6 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, to 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1.

The permit lists the load dimensions as 96 feet long, 23 feet wide, and 19 feet high. With the transport vehicles, including push trucks, the overall length is 380 feet.

ODOT says no movement will be allowed before 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24.

The permit allows the load to travel between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. only, and for no more than eight consecutive hours a night.

A traffic control plan released by ODOT lists Red Wolf Traffic Control working with Omega Morgan on traffic along the route.

The plan calls for the crew to have multiple communications systems, invluding VHF radio, cell phones, CB radio. The plan also identifies all the turnouts that will be used by flaggers.

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