As you read articles covering the megaload shipping proposal on Highway 12 and the comments following those articles it’s important to remember a few things:
1. At the heart of opposition to the megaloads are thousands of individual Idahoans and Montanans.
2. Opponents of the megaloads oppose over-legal loads that weigh over half-a-million pounds and block both lanes of U.S. Highway 12. But these same opponents support commercial truck traffic on the highway, and they support the jobs of commercial and logging truck drivers who live and work in north central Idaho.
3. The megaload transport projects will harm - not help Idaho's (& Montana's) economy.
Big Rigs Wouldn't Bring Jobs, They Would Take Them Away (Missoulian) --
Recent guest columns in the Missoulian argue that new jobs and spending created by the Kearl Module Transportation project (aka "big rigs") will be the economic salvation of Montana. The official impact analysis as well as in-depth, independent economic analysis does not support these claims of job and spending gains from the project. Exaggerated promises of economic gains to justify truck shipments of massive oil equipment loads through Montana only divert attention away from the very real costs to the state, its taxpayers and the state's natural resources.
Read more: http://missoulian.com/news/opinion/columnists/article_48cb31e4-ec12-11df-9e67-001cc4c002e0.html
Proposed big rigs 9 feet longer than Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose (Missoulian)
We’ve read the dimensions of the very biggest rigs repeatedly: up to 227 feet long, 27 feet high and 29 feet wide, and seen the 300-ton weight as well. ... One day last week, the Missoulian searched the Internet to try to put into context the dimensions of the controversial big-rig shipments of oilfield and refinery equipment that want to roll through Idaho and Montana.
Read more ... http://missoulian.com/news/local/article_85930f04-efb2-11df-b38a-001cc4c002e0.html