Spectators in the 200 block of North Federal watched the unit slowly go by. (EO)

Spectators in the 200 block of North Federal watched the unit slowly go by. (Ernie Over photo) 

(Riverton, Wyo.) – A megaload that has been traversing Southwestern Fremont County, over South Pass, through Lander and Hudson finally entered Riverton around 11 a.m. this morning and passed through the intersection of Federal and East Main around noon. When the unit reached North Federal and Sunset intersection, the overhead traffic lights had to be adjusted for the huge rig to pass under. It is now headed on north 789 towards Shoshoni.

All along the route, Wyoming State Troopers, Fremont  County Sheriff’s Deputies, BIA Wind River Police and, once in Riverton, the Riverton Police helped stop and redirect traffic. The giant load paused occasionally to let traffic pass before it entered Riverton, but once in the city, traffic was routed to side streets.

Spectators with cameras and smart phones lined the route along Federal to get a glimpse of the huge load as a bucket truck raced ahead of the load and helped raise power lines running across the street for the 21 foot tall unit to pass.

The megaload is a demethanizer column heading for a refinery and is transported by specialized hauler Mammoet. According one of Mammoet’s crew, Barney Gerber, the load is 425 feet long, 21 feet high and 20 feet wide. He was not at liberty to say where the transport was heading, but he said the crew is only allowed to travel in the daylight hours and has strict restrictions on how it can operate.

It is the second megaload to pass through the county in the past month.

Joshua Scheer contributed to this post.

Photos by Ernie Over,  Kristin Barlow and Josiah Sifuentes. Click to enlarge: