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ITD: ‘Scenic nature’ of route not a factor

Alan Frew, ITD motor vehicles chief, said, "In my experience, there is nothing 100 percent safe on the highway. We checked and rechecked to make sure we were reasonably sure that these loads could move safely." Asked if he received public comments about the planned megaloads, Frew said, "There were some public comments that talked about over-stressing the bridges - that is certainly a concern to us, but also a concern that we had addressed. There were some comments that addressed the scenic nature of this route, and that is in my view, a policy decision. ... We really don't have anything that we can do for policy decisions. That's the purview of the Legislature."

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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