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Thu., Dec. 9, 2010, 9:39 a.m.

Laughy: Promised limits on traffic delays didn’t seem feasible

Linwood Laughy testified that after discovering the 200-plus megaloads were in the works, he filed public records requests and his wife set up a website. Laughy said he started sending out "ITD Alerts" when he found new information, hoping to alert ITD to concerns. "I had studied the route pretty thoroughly and looked at turnouts for example, measured turnouts, the curves." Laughy said based on what he found, he "could not figure out how they were possibly going to" avoid holding up traffic for more than 15 minutes at a time, as ITD promised, when the megaloads traveled the highway taking up both of its two lanes.

Then Laughy said he heard there was a 10-minute limit on traffic delays in ITD regulations, and he looked up the rule and found it. When the issue came up at a public meeting, local ITD officials said they'd never heard of a 10-minute rule and they followed a 15-minute rule.

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