Thu., Dec. 9, 2010
Laughy: Barricading Highway 12 turnouts would have ‘huge effect’
Asked how it would affect him if turnouts along Highway 12 were barricaded 24 hours in advance of megaloads passing through, resident Linwood Laughy said, "I drive in that area - I will of course not be able to pull over if I had any difficulty with a vehicle, I would not be able to pull over to enjoy the scenery, I would not be able to pull over in some sites that are my favorite fishing holes." He added, "These turnouts are used a lot, by various people for various purposes - first of all the commercial truckers, to take a break. ... And once kayaking season starts, the kayakers and the rafters fill those turnouts and then the tourists just follow them. ... If those turnouts are barricaded, it'd have a huge effect."
Yesterday, ITD motor vehicles administrator Alan Frew testified that ITD decided to include the 24-hour barricading of turnouts to deter "nuts" from trying to protest the megaloads and blocking traffic.