The House has voted 49-18 in favor of SB 1117, the statewide extra-heavy trucks bill. “This is about local control, and we’ve pointed out that the state highway (department) does have jurisdiction on the state highway going through your community,” Rep. Marc Gibbs, the bill’s sponsor, told the House. “But we also have spoken many times about the fact that local communities have the ability to set speed limits … I don’t think that there’s any way if the local community is dead-set against it, that the highway department's going to come in here and create this route for you. But there are places where … I think 129,000 pounds is going to make more sense. … It can be done, it can be done safely.” The bill, which already has passed the Senate, now goes to the governor.
A 'trailer' bill, HB 322, ensuring that local road jurisdictions have discretion over the matter when it comes to their local county or city roads, then passed unanimously; that doesn't apply to state routes like HIghway 95.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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