There’s been lots of sparring over how an ITD regulation says over-legal loads shouldn’t block traffic for more than 10 minutes, but ITD used a 15-minute delay standard in issuing the ConocoPhillips megaloads permits. Alan Frew, ITD’s motor vehicle administrator, said his interpretation is that the 10-minute limit doesn’t apply if there’s a traffic control plan, and in this case, there was. “The department has broad discretion to interrupt traffic for these kinds of movements,” Frew said. Attorney Laird Lucas asked Frew, “So the department has determined, at least in your determination, that 15 minutes constitutes frequent passing?” Frew responded, “Yes.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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