Friday, February 24, 2012

All That Jazz Slows Down Mega-Loads... At Least For a Week

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Saying that visitors to this week's Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival may not find mega-loads to be harmonious to her city, Moscow Mayor Nancy Chaney fired off a letter to the Idaho Transportation Department this week, convincing ITD officials to delay rolling the giant rigs, at least until next week.

Mega-load haulers, shipping ExxonMobil equipment along U.S. 95, from Lewiston through Moscow and Coeur d'Alene, east to Montana and north to the Kearl Oil Sands Project in Alberta, Canada, have postponed the transports but are expected to roll as many as three rigs Tuesday, Feb. 28, through Thursday, March 1.

It's not the first time that Chaney has expressed frustration with the mega-loads. Last Christmas, she sent another letter to the ITD, saying it was "dangerous and inconsiderate" to roll the giant rigs over the holiday season when law enforcement needed to be more vigilant with its focus on impaired or weary holiday travelers.

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