CLEARWATER TRIBUNE HOME
JUNE 17, 2010
Public comment requested on plans to truck large equipment on
The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and Imperial
Oil are jointly hosting open houses in
Open houses will be held in the following locations on the dates noted:
on Tuesday, June 29 at the
The proposed route runs on U.S. Highway 12 from the Port of Lewiston, through Orofino and Kamiah to Lolo Pass, eventually to Sweetgrass, Montana and then on to site through Alberta, Canada.
“Plans have been developed to facilitate the safe and
efficient movement of the large loads through
Imperial, together with ExxonMobil, is constructing the
Kearl oil sands project in northern
The open houses will include project information presented in a poster format, and will have both Imperial and ITD personnel present to respond to questions. Participants are encouraged to comment on the transportation project.
Comments will be collected by ITD. “The Idaho Transportation Department is listening to concerns about the transport plans,” Alan Frew, ITD motor vehicle administrator, said. “Permits will be issued only if we are convinced the equipment can be moved safely, without risk to the roads and bridges, and with minimal disruption to traffic.”
To qualify for the permits, ITD will require Imperial Oil to:
- Comply with the ITD's approved vehicle configuration and weight limits
- Submit a traffic control plan
- Transport the equipment at night when vehicle volumes are the lowest
- Use pullovers to minimize traffic delays to no more than 15 minutes
- Facilitate emergency response for law enforcement, fire, ambulance calls and other emergencies
For more information, visit: www.kearltransport.com/Idaho.
Imperial Oil is one of