ITD sets up panel to review big truck route rules

ITD sets up panel to review big truck route rules

ITD sets up panel to review big truck route rules

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on May 5, 2013 at 2:25 PM

LEWISTON -- The Idaho Transportation Department is creating a committee to review a new law aiming to allow more large trucks on Idaho's highways, a disputed proposal that got a lot of attention during the 2013 Legislature.

The Lewiston Tribune reports the panel, to include Idaho Transportation Board members, will begin meeting in May or June.

The law requires ITD to set rules procedures before new routes can be designated for trucks that weigh between 105,500 and 129,000 pounds.

Timber companies fought for allowing bigger shipments, saying it will help their businesses.

Foes, meanwhile, fear allowing larger trucks on highways including U.S. Highway 95 will make roads more dangerous.

In signing the bill, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter said he expects 129,000-pound routes to undergo "a cautious, deliberate and transparent public process."

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