You can read my full story here at spokesman.com on the House passage today of legislation that could let extra-heavy trucks roll on any non-freeway route in the state, including North Idaho’s Highway 95. The big rigs – 129,000 pounds instead of the usual limit of 105,500 pounds – are allowed in southern Idaho only on 35 designated routes that were in a 10-year pilot project. Just this week, lawmakers declared that pilot project a success and made it permanent, but just on those routes.
Rep. Cindy Agidius, R-Moscow, pleaded with the House to reject the bill. “Do you have so little respect for those of us in the north that you would force something on us in our region in a manner that you would not have allowed in your own?” she asked. But she was outvoted 49-18, and some North Idaho lawmakers spoke out in favor of the bill, SB 1117. It’s already passed the Senate, so the bill now heads to the governor’s desk.