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01/24/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/24/2020 18:13

ITD hosts public hearing on proposed 129,000 lbs. route in Canyon County

1/22/2020

Contact:
Jake Melder
ITD Office of Communication
(208) 334-8874
[email protected]

ITD hosts public hearing on proposed 129,000 lbs. route in Canyon County

CALDWELL - In response to a permit request from the J.R. Simplot Company, the Idaho Transportation Department is evaluating the feasibility of allowing reducible freight loads of up to 129,000 lbs. on a section of Idaho Highway 19 in Canyon County. The public is invited to provide comment on the proposal at a public hearing Thursday, Feb. 6th. from 4-6 p.m. at the Caldwell Best Western, located at 908 Specht Ave.

The proposed route on ID-19 goes from Payette Ave. to I-84, approximately one mile. The segment is also named Centennial Way. ITD has analyzed the roadway and confirmed it is structurally safe to operate the heavier loads. The trailers for heavier loads are required to have additional axles compared to traditional loads, which can legally weigh 105,500 lbs. The additional axles increase braking power and reduce damage to the roadway.

In its application, the J.R. Simplot Company says the route will allow transportation of heavier loads from Interstate 84, already approved for 129,000 lbs. loads, and a processing plant on ID-19. If approved, the company says it creates a potential 20% reduction in truck trips, reducing congestion, diesel consumption, and emissions.

The comment period will remain open until Friday, Feb 28th. Comments can be given during the Feb. 6th meeting or written correspondence can be sent to:

Idaho Transportation Department

ATTN: Lance Green

PO Box 7129

Boise, ID 83707-1129

The Department is required to conduct an analysis and public hearing on all requests to operate 129,000 lbs. on the state highway system before the Idaho Transportation Board makes a final decision. Additional information about 129,000 lbs. routes can be found online at https://itd.idaho.gov/freight/.

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