Coeur d'Alene residents attending an open house to discuss a proposal for three mega-loads to pass through the Coeur d'Alene area were skeptical of state officials' characterization of the proposal as "pretty routine," the Coeur d'Alene Press reports.
The route, being mulled by the Idaho Transportation Department, would take the titanic rigs along I-90 through the North Idaho city as they roll on their way to the Calumet Refinery in Great Falls, Mont. Each rig, shipped by Mammoet USA South, Inc., is 472 feet long, 27 feet wide, 16 feet tall and weighs 1.6 million pounds.
"I'm concerned that this will become the default mega-load route through North Idaho," Janet Torline of the Harrison area told the Press.
Others worried that the rigs may damage local infrastructure. The Veterans Memorial Bridge on I-90, for example, isn't rated for mega-load-sized rigs. To avoid the bridge, the mega-loads would have to exit I-90 at the Sherman Avenue interchange, roll 5.5 miles on Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive, pass under a freeway overpass and re-merge with the highway using a temporary on-ramp.