Moscow to Host Oversized Loads Discussion Thursday


Talk will focus on how loads may affect emergency personnel, public works

The city of Moscow will host a roundtable discussion at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Moscow City Council Chambers on the technical aspects of Imperial Oil/Exxon Mobil’s proposed plan to transport oversized oil refinery equipment through Moscow and Latah County on U.S. Highway 95.

The city has arranged for ExxonMobil/Imperial Oil Project Manager Ken Johnson and representatives from the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) to discuss the elements of the proposed loads as they relate primarily to law enforcement, emergency medical services, and public works.

The city is working to document stakeholder concerns and assist in facilitating the ability to address concerns regarding the possible transport of oversized loads on Highway 95.

Members of the Moscow Police Department, the Public Works Department, and the City Council will attend.

Representatives from the Latah County Sheriff’s office, Idaho State Police, post office, and chamber of commerce as well as from Gritman Medical Center have been invited to attend.

The meeting is open to the public, but it is not intended to be open for public comment.

The meeting is in addition to the city’s public forum scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center in Moscow.

Members of the public who attend Wednesday’s meeting will hear a brief presentation by ITD and oil company officials and will be able to ask questions and provide comments to the officials.

Those who wish to speak at the meeting will be asked to sign in at that time.

Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil may transport about 60 oversized loads from Lewiston to Interstate 90 via Highway 95.  Once they reach the freeway, about 80 miles north of Moscow, the loads would travel east into Montana.

The largest proposed shipment is 207 feet long, 24 feet wide, and nearly 16 feet tall, including the transport truck and trailer, while the heaviest shipment weighs 165,347 pounds (editor’s correction: 425,000 pounds).

Members of Wild Idaho Rising Tide and area residents will gather at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on the grounds of the Eggan Youth Center, 1515 E. D Street in Moscow, for a march protesting the proposed transport of megaloads up U.S. Highway 95 through Moscow.

Public comments about the proposal may be sent to comments@itd.idaho.gov or the Idaho Transportation Department, c/o Adam Rush, P.O. Box 7129, Boise, ID 83707.

Moscow residents may provide input to the City Council by emailing info@ci.moscow.id.us or writing to City Council, P.O. Box 9203, Moscow, ID 83843.

(By Moscow-Pullman Daily News)

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