The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) has shared information that Mammoet Transportation has applied for oversize loads permits to potentially travel as soon as late January. In an effort to provide the best information to the Moscow community, the City of Moscow is hosting a workshop to get additional information on the nature and type of the loads expected to be transported on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 from 3 to 5 p.m. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall in Moscow, Idaho, 206 E 3rd Street. Participants will include Moscow City and Latah County officials, representatives from the ITD, state and local law enforcement, and the transport company to discuss the nature and movement of these oversized loads and any potential risks the loads may pose to public safety and City and County public infrastructure.
The Mayor and City Council want to be sure the communities concerns are addressed. As such, citizens are encouraged to submit their comments and questions by email to email@example.com; by mail to: City of Moscow, RE: Oversized Loads; PO Box 9203; Moscow, ID 83843; or in person to City Hall, First Floor, 206 E Third Street. Comments and questions will be cataloged by City staff and in order to fairly represent the communities concerns at the workshop; as many issues as possible will be addressed in the meeting and the full catalog will be shared with all participants in the workshop. In order to fully address the questions at hand, public testimony will not be included as part of the workshop. Mayor Bill Lambert explains, "As we work with our partner agencies and in an effort to facilitate the best information sharing possible on a limited timeline while respecting each of the participants and our community, it is extremely important that citizens submit their comments and questions prior to the workshop so they can be shared and discussed to the best extent possible."
Projected movement of the first load is expected to be scheduled for late January and if approved, would be moved in four shifts to reach its destination in Great Falls, Montana. When in motion, loads are anticipated to travel at about 25 miles per hour, with dead-stop delays. The City has been informed that expected shifts for movement include:
- Shift 1- Lewiston, Idaho near the rest area on US-95 at milepost 372
- Shift 2- US-95 milepost 372 to Higgins Point in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
- Shift 3- Coeur d'Alene, Idaho to Wallace, Idaho
- Shift 4- Wallace, Idaho to the Idaho/Montana weigh station about 10 miles into Montana
For more information on the City of Moscow work on keeping the community informed on oversized load issues, please contact Gary J. Riedner, City Supervisor at 208.883.7006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on ITD's policies and practices in regards to permitting or questions regarding the loads specifically, please contact Adam Rush, ITD Public Involvement Coordinator at 208.334.8119.