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More on Highway 12: Full ruling, ITD response, more

Here’s a link to 2nd District John Bradbury’s decision on the Highway 12 oversize shipments today. And here’s the response from the Idaho Transportation Department: “The department received the ruling at about 5:15 p.m. (Mountain time) today. The deputy attorney general is reviewing the ruling and he has scheduled a briefing tomorrow with the department’s leadership team,” said ITD spokesman Jeff Stratten.

And here’s another interesting tidbit: There was identical language in both draft permits, in both Idaho and Montana, “where it said that Idaho would not issue unless Montana was in position to do so, and vice versa,” Stratten said. “So before any loads would have rolled up the highway, Montana would have had to have issued a permit.”

And here’s another: ConocoPhillips had been hoping to get its four giant truck shipments over the Arrow Bridge on Highway 12 during a brief window between completion of the paving of one lane of the bridge deck, and the start of paving of the other, since the loads need to take up both lanes. That window technically ended yesterday. “ConocoPhillips was paying the contractor, McAlvain Construction, to stand down pending the court ruling,” Stratten said. “I’d need to get back to you tomorrow on when they’ll resume construction based on this ruling.” Once the bridge paving begins, both lanes won’t be available again until October. Here’s a link to our full story at spokesman.com.


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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