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ITD Presents Miniloads As Done Deal

Councilman Mike Kennedy: Here’s my take on this: The permits have not been let by the state yet. But it was presented to us as though it was a fait accompli. I have some questions (as did Terry and KEA last night) and I’m pulling them together to submit to the state. I’m trying to wade through what I can, but the engineering study and permit application is an enormous document. The loads are supposed to be coming in beginning the end of June (again, ITD presented on the assumption that the permit is approved) and lasting through September. Their plan is to have one load per night come through - cut down from the original size - between the hours of 10 pm and 4 am. The ITD rep presented to us that the lawsuits regarding the loads are centered around Highway 12, not 95. Unfortunately I don’t think there is much the city can do about it as it is on state and federal roads. The state is the controlling legal authority on this road.

Question: Should the city of Coeur d'Alene and others along the new Trail of ConocoPhillips simply smile and accept the fact that Butch Otter's ITD are forcing these mini-loads on us?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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