[Vision2020] ITD Press Release Concerning US95 Megaloads

Tom Hansen thansen at moscow.com
Fri Jun 17 17:44:58 PDT 2011


Adam Rush
Public Affairs Specialist


ITD issues permits for transport of overlegal loads on U.S. 95, Interstate 90

BOISE - The Idaho Transportation Department today (June 17) issued the
first two permits for Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil to transport overlegal loads
on U.S. 95 and Interstate 90.

Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil will work with the city of Moscow to coordinate
the trimming of 25 trees in the community before beginning transports to
allow the loads to pass safely. The city requested the company to have an
overlegal permit from the transportation department before tree trimming

The permits will allow the two shipments to begin moving Monday, June 27.
One shipment will be a half-module that weighs 410,300 pounds, is 23.2
feet wide, 208 feet long and 13.6 feet high, including the truck and
trailer. The second shipment will include parts of a module. That shipment
is 14 feet wide and will not require two lanes for travel so it will be
authorized to move during the day.

Future shipments, including the truck and trailer, are expected to be 24
feet wide, 15 feet 10 inches high, 208 feet long and weigh 432,721 pounds.
Permits for those have not been issued.

Three nights will be required to move each of the larger modules.
Initially, only one module will be allowed on the route at a time. In the
future, more than one load might be allowed on the highway at one time,
depending on how well the first shipment proceeds.

ITD's Division of Motor Vehicles Administrator Alan Frew said Imperial
Oil/ExxonMobil's traffic control plan and trailer configuration met the
state's requirements to issue a permit.

“Based on reviews by the department’s traffic and bridge engineers, we
believe the modules can be moved safely and with minimal impact on traffic
and emergency services,” Frew said.

Below is a summary of the travel requirements:

·      Travel will be restricted to between 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.

·      Travel on the first night will be from the Port of Lewiston to
milepost 372.7 on U.S. 95, a distance of 59.7 miles.

·      Travel on the second night will be from U.S. 95 milepost 372.7 to
milepost 18.3 on Interstate 90, a distance of 64.7 miles.

·      Travel on the third night will be from milepost 18.3 on I-90 to the
Idaho/Montana border, a distance of 55.5 miles.

·      The loads will travel up to 30 miles per hour.

·      Traffic delays will be limited to 15 minutes. Twenty-five locations
have been identified to clear traffic on the first night of travel.
Twenty-two locations have been identified for the second night.

Three flagging/signing crews, two pilot cars and two Idaho State Police
patrol officers will accompany the loads.


Seeya round town, Moscow.

Tom Hansen
Moscow, Idaho

"The Pessimist complains about the wind, the Optimist expects it to change
and the Realist adjusts his sails."

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