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Why prepare for phantom megaloads?

In his editorial this morning, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune comments:

Call this one the mystery of the missing Idaho megaload.

You haven't seen one of these massive transports crawling along U.S. Highway 12 in more than three years.

Yet the Idaho Transportation Department is acting as if one is imminent.

As the Tribune's William L. Spence reported last week, the ITD is updating the rules under which it would issue a permit to one of these shipments.

ITD is holding a public hearing on Sept. 28 in Boise and accepting public comments through Sept. 30.

But the state of Idaho does not have the authority to allow one of these shipments to proceed. Nor has it had that discretion since U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill took it away. More here.

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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