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Idaho won’t require escorts for oversized loads to mill

BOISE – The first oversized load hauled by the Nickel Bros. on scenic Highway 12 in north-central Idaho traveled without any state police escorts, and the Idaho Transportation Department now says it won’t require police escorts for the company’s eight remaining oversized transports. Idaho State Police troopers traveling in front of and behind each load were required in previous permits issued for megaloads on Highway 12; the companies paid for the troopers’ overtime.

Idaho issues permit for pulp mill megaload

BOISE – The Idaho Transportation Department announced late Wednesday that it had issued a permit for Nickel Bros. transportation company to take its first megaload across U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho on Wednesday night, bound for a Weyerhaeuser pulp mill in Alberta. The giant load, which at 24 feet wide will block both lanes of the two-lane highway, is one of a dozen oversize loads the company hopes to send on the route. Several of the loads are wide enough to block both lanes, creating a rolling roadblock.

Hearings denied on pulp mill megaloads

BOISE – Idaho’s transportation director refused Friday to allow hearings that could delay a new proposal to send megaloads of equipment across scenic U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho. Several of the loads are wide enough to block both lanes of traffic on the narrow, twisting, two-lane route.