What’s gone wrong so far?
Regardless of what you might be reading or seeing in the papers regarding the megaload move there have been many more problems than reported. We just received an update from the great folks who have been out on the road night after night for the last month documenting, videotaping, and generally watching the load travel the Idaho portion. Below you’ll find a list of many of the things that have gone wrong.
-The first shipment took 6.-The second, 7 (once it reaches Lolo Pass from MP 169 tonight).–With layovers, the two, originally scheduled for 8 nights, have been enroute 34.
-traveled on snow covered pavement in snowstorms.-delayed traffic longer than 10 or 15 minutes multiple times during both shipments.-driven wheels outside the fog lines.-scraped a rock face.-broken highway signs.-made extended loud noise with convoys of 20+ vehicles rolling by dozens of highway-side homes.-blinded and/or confused other drivers with the convoys’ glaring white lights and swirling yellow strobe lights.-disturbed people in dozens of highway-side homes into which those bright and swirling lights have shone.-used very confusing traffic management methods and yet chastised regular-traffic drivers for being confused.-commandeered the people’s highway by banning free-flowing regular traffic.-diverted traffic unto unpaved turnout surfaces.-barricaded public turnouts-used the people’s state police to intimidate and harass law-abiding people.-torn tree limbs throughout the corridor and hurriedly picked up, out of sight, the bigger limbs.-sprayed unknown amounts of deicing chemicals on the pavement, some of which runs off onto shoulders/riverbanks.
Additionally, the shipments have…
-used the people’s snowplows exclusively for the shipments, snowplows whose
beyond-normal wear and tear Idahoans will eventually pay to take care of.
-used ISP officers, keeping them unavailable to the areas of Idaho they usually cover and increasing
their salaries so that Idahoans will eventually pay officer retirees higher retirement dollars.
-used the people’s ISP vehicles whose beyond-normal wear and tear Idahoans will eventually pay to take care of.-asked 7 commercial trucking companies to not use U.S.12 one night — yet still could not meet traffic delay time limits.