Hearing scheduled on overweight loads on local roads

A public hearing will be held next week in Rigby to take comment on applications allowing trucks weighing up to 129,000 pounds on sections of U.S. Highway 20, U.S. Highway 26, Idaho 28, Idaho 32 and Idaho 47.

These shipments are reducible, meaning cargo or goods can be removed to make a shipment lighter, an Idaho Transportation Department news release said.

Comments will be taken on applications to allow trucks on U.S. 20 from Interstate 15 to U.S. 20 (milepost 307.45 to milepost 309.88), U.S. 26 from Idaho Falls to the Wyoming Border (milepost 334.37 to milepost 402.5), U.S. 26 from U.S. 20 to the Butte/Bingham County line (milepost 272 to milepost 306.1), Idaho 28 from Salmon to Idaho 22 (milepost 30.61 to milepost 135.64), Idaho 32 from a Simplot facility to Ashton (milepost 28.3 to milepost 20.6), Idaho 32 from Idaho 33 to a Simplot facility (milepost 0 to milepost 28.3), and on a section of Idaho 47 in Ashton (milepost 0 to milepost 1.01).

The hearing will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 5,at the Idaho Transportation Department District 6 office, 206 North Yellowstone Highway, Rigby.

At the hearing, there will be an opportunity to give verbal or written testimony.

Those interested in reviewing the applications before the hearing can visit itd.idaho.gov/freight/?target=129000-lbs-route-requests, and click on 129k Pending Route Requests.

Those interested in submitting comments before or after the hearing can do so by visiting the webpage. Comments also can be emailed to adam.rush@itd.idaho.gov, or mailed to Adam Rush, Idaho Transportation Department, 3311 W. State St., Boise, ID 83703. Comments will be received through Dec. 25.