By Kendra Evensen, firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ
Several businesses are hoping to start driving 129,000-pound trucks with reducible loads on portions of East Idaho highways.
Great Western Malting, Mid Crystal Farms, White Pine Farms, K/K Transportation, Handy Truck Line, Pocock Trucking, WinCo Foods and Kiva Energy, have all asked the Idaho Transportation Department to approve routes that are currently restricted to 105,500-pound trucks with reducible loads.
The requests affect portions of U.S. 26, I-86, Idaho 37, Idaho 38, U.S. 91, Idaho 34, U.S. 89, Idaho 61 and U.S. 30.
The subcommittee will then make a recommendation to the full Idaho Transportation Board in the future. The board will have the final say, Rush said.
While no public comment will be taken during Wednesdayâ€™s meeting, Rush said people can always contact him at (208) 334-8119 orÂ email@example.comÂ if they have any questions.
He noted that the heavier trucks would typically be semis hauling two trailers instead of one.
â€śThe intent is to allow shipping companies to move more cargo or goods per load,â€ť Rush said, adding that such a move can reduce the number of trucks on the highway and improve efficiency and safety.
In addition, the trucks would have more axles, which can help better distribute the weight, he said.
Many of the businesses are making the requests in an effort to improve efficiency and competitiveness, according to their applications.
â€śBy allowing WinCo Foods to haul the 129,000 weight it will reduce the number of loads being transported to our Pocatello retail outlet store thus reducing the carbon foot print and fuel consumption caused by running the extra trucks to service this portion of WinCo Foods business and allowing us to stay competitive on our pricing of Grocery product,â€ť according to WinCoâ€™s application.
WinCo officials expect the number of trips they need to make to decrease between 20 and 25 percent each year, reducing traffic congestion and road wear if the change is approved, according to their application.
While WinCo transports grocery items, other businesses say they want to haul products like malting barley, wheat and other agricultural commodities, as well as propane and cement.
Rush said the businesses have requested routes specific to their needs; however, anyone could drive 129,000-pound trucks with reducible loads on the roads if the routes are approved.
Rush noted that the Idaho Transportation Board could ultimately decide to approve all, some or none of the routes in the months ahead.
Hereâ€™s a closer look at the routes that have been requested, according to an ITD news release:
U.S. 26 from the Bingham County/Bonneville County line to Blackfoot (Milepost 276.53 to Milepost 306.104).
I-86 Business Loop â€” I-86 in American Falls to Idaho 39 (Milepost 4.08 to Milepost 4.61 and Milepost 100.26 to Milepost 101.87).
Idaho 37 from the Oneida County/Power County line to I-86 (Milepost 37.48 to Milepost 68.71).
Idaho 38 from I-15 to Holbrook (Milepost 0 to Milepost 23.44).
U.S. 91 from Preston to I-15 (Milepost 9.21 to Milepost 42.54).
U.S. 91 from Alameda to I-86 in Pocatello (Milepost 77.89 to Milepost 80).
Idaho 34 from the Blackfoot Reservoir to the Wyoming border (Milepost 78.07 to Milepost 113.6).
U.S. 89 from Geneva to the Wyoming border (Milepost 41.17 to Milepost 44.24).
U.S. 89 from the Utah border to Geneva (Milepost 0 to Milepost 44.24).
Idaho 61 from the Wyoming border to Geneva (Milepost 0 to Milepost .74).
U.S. 30 from Great Western Malting to Yellowstone Avenue (Milepost 333 to Milepost 335.77).