Originally Posted by phlyingfish
but I'm sure wide loads have taken that route before and will continue to do so. Will it suck if one goes off the road into the Lochsa? Yes. Will the plan create a lot of heavy truck traffic on an otherwise lightly traveled road? Yes. Will it get a little crazy during Memorial Day weekend? Probably. Is this the same thing as asphalt trucks falling into the Poudre? No.
I think this sucks more for the people in Missoula than it does for the Lochsa.
A wide load up the Lochsa? You know what "assume" means, don't you? This is more like a triple long, and triple wide load. The latest Idaho media reports make it sound a bit different, hence my interest in finding out what is really going on. How many loads is it, and what seasons? Are they incorporating the publics need and use of the roads? Have they even talked to the public or business owners along the way? I hope they'll be planning around big travel weekends, hopefully that's not a real concern. One or two of those suckers in the river, or jacked across the road, especially in the winter, that's the problem, and their fuel (hence the haz mat equipment on board).
The roads once you hit Missoula are so well developed, people might complain because they can't get to Walmart in 5 seconds to save 5 cents, but there's likely no real issue. Commuters up Hwy 200 will not be too happy, that's probably why they are planning pull-outs. Missoulians will actually enjoy the novelty. Until I realized they were coming up Hwy 12, it sounded pretty amazing actually.
Hwy 12 below Fish creek, not really a big deal unless they tear it up crabbing around corners. The further up the road eyou get, the more terrifying it is with just regular semi's, which don't even run in the winter. I really can't imagine they are planning to do this in the winter, but that sounded like their schedule from the Missoulian article. The idaho story said something like 40 trips only. That's a big difference, which is it?
Imagine a THREE STORY truck, over half a football field long, not only the potential for it to go in the river, but how would they get it out and what damage would they do getting it out, and what kind of debris would be left behind? Seems like a recipe for a cluster-fuck of a problem.