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Thu., Feb. 28, 2013, 2:21 p.m.

Heavy trucks up north: ‘You’d better hope their brakes work’

Phil Lampert, Benewah County commissioner, told the Senate Transportation Committee, “We’ve heard everybody talk about the pilot projects in south Idaho. But if this is expanded in North Idaho, there’s been no pilot project up there. … The terrain is quite a bit different up there… We feel it’s a real safety issue.”

 Lampert said, “We, all the five northern counties express our concerns … on some of the issues within this SB 1117.” He said with “ITD setting the stands for local roads … I’m really struggling to see where we fit in.” He said, “Our main concern is just the terrain is so much different in North Idaho, vs. the pilot projects you’ve had in south Idaho.” Lampert said, “The 105,500 pounds on our local roads, we feel that’s the max, given the terrain and topography.” Describing parts of U.S. Highway 95, he said, “Going downhill, you’d better hope their brakes work.”

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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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