02.04 NewsflasH: IDT Figures out What We Have Known All Along
- Posted by Trish Weber
Which is: that the roads on this route are not engineered for these loads. To wit, from the Lewiston Morning-Tribune:
Sharp curve slows megaload; new plan needed for next load
Fri February 04, 2011
Feb. 04—Traffic was delayed by as much as 59 minutes in the second day of the three-week journey of a megaload bound for ConocoPhillips’ refinery in Billings, Mont.
The extended delays surfaced as the supersized cargo went around an extremely sharp curve between Greer and Kamiah on U.S. Highway 12, said Adam Rush, a spokesman for the Idaho Transportation Department.
The oversized load is supposed to allow traffic to pass every 10 to 15 minutes. Some delays on the Wednesday-Thursday leg were as small as four minutes, but 10 delays were 16 to 59 minutes, Rush said.
ITD is requiring a new plan for getting through the most difficult spot before it will allow a second load to depart Monday, but will not impose penalties, Rush said.
Whoa! A new plan required? This is a game-changer, people!!!!! The question is: what will the new plan propose, and how are we going to make sure that IDT is not going to allow it to be implemented without a full environmental statement. If they can’t get around the curve, then the only options are: straighten the road out or make the trucks smaller. The former is a major highway construction undertaking; the latter is something that Big Oil has insisted is not practicable from the start.
At the very least, we’ve got some breathing room for awhile. The rest of those trucks aren’t going anywhere.
Happy weekend, everyon!