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Megaloads opponents file petition for reconsideration with ITD

Opponents of proposed megaloads on U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho have filed a petition for reconsideration of hearing officer Duff McKee's recommendation to the Idaho Transportation Department that permits for the giant loads be approved, saying they "believe there are several clear errors of law and fact" in his decision. Said Laird Lucas, attorney for the opponents, "We believe he misapplied the legal standards we raised under ITD regulations, and we want to give him a chance to correct his decision."

Among the opponents' points in their petition: McKee compared megaloads to standard commercial vehicles, a comparison Lucas argued doesn't fit ITD regulations for the giant megaloads, which will block both lanes of the two-lane road; they contend the retired judge erroneously held that the opponents had stipulated that the giant loads were feasible; and they contend McKee "substituted his own speculation about the potential impacts of mega-loads on the tourism economy" contrary to their expert's testimony about impacts. You can read the 25-page petition here.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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