[Vision2020] who pays for Megaload cops?

Jay Borden jborden at datawedge.com
Tue Sep 6 08:29:55 PDT 2011

There must be SOME process that can be followed, since Exxon isn't the only one that's doing it..


Remember this post from a bit ago?



These megaloads are multiplying like bunny rabbits. . . . and it looks like it's not just "big oil" anymore.  See what happens. . . . you give 'em an inch and the next thing you know. . . .
Well, we saw it coming, didn't we?


BOISE - A transport company will ship two over-legal loads eastbound on U.S. 12 for Weyerhaeuser next week, the Idaho Transportation Department announced.

Nickel Bros will haul equipment from the Port of Wilma in Clarkston, Washington, to a Weyerhaeuser pulp mill in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. The equipment is for a high-efficiency evaporator plant that is designed to reduce greenhouse gases and generate electricity from steam.
The first load will enter on Idaho 128 from the Port of Wilma at about 5:30 a.m. on Monday, August 29, connect with U.S. 12 and continue eastbound to Montana. The load is 17.7 feet high, 14 feet wide and 118 feet long, and weighs 200,478 pounds.
Traffic delays are not anticipated, and the shipment will travel during daylight hours. It is scheduled to take one day to travel from the Port of Wilma to the Idaho/Montana state line. The transport will be accompanied by two pilot vehicles in the front of the shipment and one behind it.
The second shipment is scheduled to arrive in Idaho north of Lewiston on Tuesday, August 30, shortly after 3 a.m. It also will enter on Idaho 128 from Washington, connect with U.S. 12 and continue to the Idaho-Montana state line.
The second load is 19 feet high, 14.6 feet wide and 234 feet long, and weighs 433,282 pounds. Because of its length, there may be traffic delays while the shipment navigates corners on the highway. Delays will be limited to 15 minutes or less. It also is scheduled to take one day to travel to the Idaho/Montana state line.

Ellen A. Roskovich
P.S.  We all might need a midnight snack and The Pie Hole has some pretty good pizza by the slice.   : )






From: vision2020-bounces at moscow.com [mailto:vision2020-bounces at moscow.com] On Behalf Of Donovan Arnold
Sent: Monday, September 05, 2011 10:34 PM
To: Paul Rumelhart
Cc: Moscow Vision 2020
Subject: Re: [Vision2020] who pays for Megaload cops?




I don't think so as I read the Federal law. They exceed the max requirements and don't meet Federal Law for a permit. These mega loads could be broken into smaller parts. There are other ways they could ship it that are cheaper and safer than shipping up norther Idaho.


 (23 CFR § 657.15(f)(3)(ii) <http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr;sid=10c0733aa98819b3029373fbece87567;rgn=div5;view=text;node=23%3A1.;idno=23;cc=ecfr> ).


"The following are the Federally mandated maximum weights for the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways and reasonable access thereto:
1) 80,000 pounds gross vehicle weight
2) 20,000 pound single axle weight* <http://us.mg1.mail.yahoo.com/neo/#p2> 
3) 34,000 pound tandem axle weight** <http://us.mg1.mail.yahoo.com/neo/#p3> 
4) Bridge Formula*** <http://us.mg1.mail.yahoo.com/neo/#f4> "



Federal Law regarding state rights to issue special permits for load variance of according 23 CFR Part 658.17 is;

"Nondivisible Loads:

Permits may be issued by the States without regard to the axle, gross, or Federal bridge formula requirements for nondivisible vehicles or loads. Nondivisible is defined as any load or vehicle exceeding applicable length or weight limits which, if separated into smaller loads or vehicles, would:


i.	Compromise the intended use of the vehicle, i.e., make it unable to perform the function for which it was intended;
ii.	Destroy the value of the load or vehicle, i.e., make it unusable for its intended purpose; or
iii.	Require more than 8 work hours to dismantle using appropriate equipment. The applicant for a nondivisible load permit has the burden of proof as to the number of work hours required to dismantle the load."


Which of these does Exxon claim to get a permit that is also true?


Donovan Arnold


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