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Idaho Forest Manager Proposes Changing Megaload Criteria

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An Idaho forest manager has agreed to revise one of the interim criteria used to define "megaloads," but the change wouldn't make it any easier to get approval to haul large loads of oil field equipment through the forest and eventually to Canada.

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest Supervisor Rick Brazell initially said one of three criteria was that a "megaload" would require traffic to be stopped. Such loads would have to go through a formal review process, which hasn't been created.

The Lewiston Tribune reports Brazell proposed Friday to replace the traffic-stoppage criterion with one based on a state rule that requires traffic control plans for loads more than 16 feet wide or 150 feet long traveling on narrow sections of U.S. Highway 12.

Brazell notes that two loads currently seeking state permits exceed that width.

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