We live in the N. Central Idaho panhandle between Lenore and Orofino above Hwy 12. My husband and I have been Married for 39 years…
I would like to know how many of you that are posting even live near Hwy 12 or even how many of you realize that we are not talking about an 8 lane freeway that these trucks are utilizing. These are 2 lanes...one lane going east and one lane going west. They used to be unpaved logging roads. Prior to that they were wagon trails, and prior to that they were goat paths. The asphalt is not as thick as it is on the freeway down in Boise, probably less than half the thickness and the asphalt is tapered on the shoulders. The heaviest trucks using hwy 12 are around 80,000 pounds....the Mega Load on it now is 420,000 pounds heavier - over 5 times the normal weight of a standard loaded semi! You're also looking at the fact that it is twice as tall, more than twice as wide, and almost 200 feet longer! If you don't live near the Mega Load route, you really can't understand the impact.
I live along hwy 12 (rte 7 (Cavendish Rd) between Lenore & Orofino) on the other side of the river-we over look hwy 12. Whenever a load is planned to come through, rte 7 ends up being a by-pass for trucks that don't want to get stuck behind the Mega Load so we end up listening to jake-brakes all night. I know that these truckers have deadlines and have to get their goods where they're going in a timely manner, so we don't blame them for using the rte. Right now it is just maybe 1 day every 2 weeks which is tolerable, but we're talking over 200 loads! If they let loose 1 Mega Load every other day, it would still take over a year for the loads to go through so we might be able to get a good night's sleep every other night. Did you also know that while the Mega Loads are parked in the turn-outs that noone else is allowed to use the turn-out? What's going to happen when all the turn-outs are being occupied by Mega Load trucks given the above scenario? What happens to tourism then?
As for jobs....give me a break! How many actual jobs are being created in Idaho for the Mega Loads? Maybe a few drivers, but I have some serious doubts about that. The companies that own the trucks usually provide the drivers and from what I understand the trucking companies being utilized are not in Idaho. All I see is off-duty police/sherrif/ISP officers getting more work and since they already have full-time jobs, no out-of-work people are being employed by all of this.
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