There are no less than ten bridges these loads have to cross between Lewiston and the Montana border. How truthful is the ITD being about what these megaloads will do to these bridges? How trustworthy is the ITD or is the backroom dealing that has already occurred carrying the day with the people of Idaho losing out all the way around? The people of Idaho were the last to hear about these megaloads; ITD and ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobile and Imperial had been talking and planning long before these megaloads were ever built, shipped across the Pacific, and barged up the Columbia and Snake to Lewiston - by some accounts, they've been deling for at least two years. Why weren't the people given a voice then? Why did ITD wait until the megaloads were at the Port of Wilma to say, "oh, by the way ..."? If the people of Idaho haven't figured out that they don't count, they are dumber than I think they are. Remember the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis that collapsed? If one of the bridges these megaloads are crossing collapses, it won't be with a megaload on it; it will be a year, two years, maybe three or four. Were I the people of Idaho, I would be demanding an independent inspection of these bridges, paid for by ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobile and Imperial as part of the permitting process. The people of Idaho have a right to know they are safe crossing these bridges, not just safe according to ITD who has already had back-room dealings with these companies.
Excellent question, southpaw, one certainly that deserves an answer. But in the interests of the State of Idaho being in collusion with the oil companies shipping these loads, I won't bet you will get one, or if you do, that it will be honest or truthful.
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