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JUNE 24, 2010
Orofino Chamber of Commerce
ITD discusses wide loads
Engineer for Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), was the guest speaker at the
chamber luncheon held June 16. He gave an update on the upcoming wide load
equipment move to progress from the
Hoff made the distinction
between two separate, unrelated moves: the Exxon-Mobile Corp. move mentioned
above and a ConocoPhillips move to
The Exxon-Mobile loads will consist of approximately 200+ modules, varying in weight, reaching up to 563,000 pounds. The length of the loads will be between 170 feet and 210 feet long.
Hoff said that his department is responsible for analyzing the loads to make sure they can be accomplished safely. To date, no permits have been issued.
The proposed moves will occur at night from approximately , at a time when traffic patterns are low and allowing for pull-outs along the entire route. The delay time for travelers is expected to be no more than 15 minutes.
A 20 to 30 mph speed is expected to be maintained enroute. Westbound traffic will follow the loads. Eastbound traffic will be allowed to proceed during the turnout times. Hoff said this is a “leap frog event,” and they have been doing it successfully for seven to eight years with no accidents and no incidents. He stressed that no hazardous materials are being transported.
The reason equipment is not
simply shipped across
What makes these loads possible is the greater number of tires put on each trailer; having more tires distributes the weight over the entire highway (approximately 500 pounds per square inch on the width of the tire).
The State of
When asked if these convoys
Money is needed for the 4th of July celebration and fireworks. The chamber is seeking raffle items from businesses and individuals. Raffle tickets are $3 each or two for $5. The raffle drawing will be held at the 4th of July celebration. The theme follows the chamber’s motto: “Orofino a reason for every season.” There will be a major prize for each season.
Some of the special prizes to be raffled are: an 8 ˝’ cantilevered picnic umbrella – representing spring; a BBQ – representing summer; a Steelhead rod/reel – representing fall; and two passes to Bald Mountain Ski Resort for winter.
Cash donations may be mailed
to the Orofino Chamber of Commerce at:
The cost is $15 for entrants to the Raft Race.
Business after Hours
The next Business after Hours get-together will be sponsored by Edward Jones on Aug. 12, between 5 and
Rick Brazzel, of the U.S. Forest Service, will visit at the next regular meeting scheduled for July 7, at , at the Ponderosa Restaurant.