Transportation http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Boise National Forest Officials Ask Drivers To Stay Off Snow-Covered Roads http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-national-forest-officials-ask-drivers-stay-snow-covered-roads <p>Boise National Forest officials are warning drivers to stay off snow-covered forest roads.</p><p>Boise National Forest spokesman David Olson says drivers are finding lower elevations are clear, until they start climbing higher into the forest.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:37:58 +0000 Samantha Wright 43271 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise National Forest Officials Ask Drivers To Stay Off Snow-Covered Roads Pullman-Moscow Airport Considers $66 Million Improvement Project http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/pullman-moscow-airport-considers-66-million-improvement-project <p>Officials say the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport needs improvements to keep up with more demand and bigger aircraft.</p><p>Airport Executive Director Tony Bean says the airport has fallen behind the times due to aircraft increasing in size.</p><p>Bean says there isn't the space and capacity to land current-size aircraft safely, and as the trend doesn't seem likely to change, the problem will only worsen.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:34:52 +0000 Associated Press 43054 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Megaloads Opponents Seek More Public Input http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/megaloads-opponents-seek-more-public-input <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/04/040414CL_megaloads_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The latest dispute over whether huge megaload trucks should be allowed on Northwest roads is currently in Oregon.<p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 00:11:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 42968 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Megaloads Opponents Seek More Public Input Incredible Post-Avalanche Photo Shows What It Will Take To Clear Idaho's Highway 21 http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/incredible-post-avalanche-photo-shows-what-it-will-take-clear-idahos-highway-21 <p></p><p>Underneath all that snow, ice, and tree debris is Idaho's Highway 21. Somewhere. This dramatic image from the Idaho Department of Transportation shows just how much work is ahead for road crews in clearing off a 12-mile section of the scenic road south of Stanley. That orange dot near the middle of the image is an ITD crew member.</p><p></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:15:11 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 41591 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Incredible Post-Avalanche Photo Shows What It Will Take To Clear Idaho's Highway 21 Passengers Wait Hours For Empire Builder, America's Least Reliable Train http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/passengers-wait-hours-empire-builder-americas-least-reliable-train <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/030614JR_WorstTrain_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The worst train in America is right here in the Northwest: the famed Empire Builder.<p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 02:04:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 41284 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Passengers Wait Hours For Empire Builder, America's Least Reliable Train Why Stoplights Hate Idaho Fog (And Why You Might Hate Stoplights) http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/why-stoplights-hate-idaho-fog-and-why-you-might-hate-stoplights <p></p><p>Ada County highway officials say they received dozens of complaints Monday morning as heavy fog affected the operation of stop lights.&nbsp;</p><p>Mike Boydstun, the Ada County Highway Department’s traffic operations engineer, estimates between 30 and 60 people called the department to report problems between 7 and 9 a.m.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:31:01 +0000 Scott Graf 40022 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Why Stoplights Hate Idaho Fog (And Why You Might Hate Stoplights) Idaho Republican Wants To Shift Slice Of Sales Tax To Fund Roads http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-republican-wants-shift-slice-sales-tax-fund-roads <p></p><p>A Republican lawmaker proposes digging into Idaho's sales tax revenue to fund highway and bridge projects.</p><p>Rep. Joe Palmer, House Transportation Committee chairman, pitched the idea Monday.</p><p>Typically, Idaho pays for roads from fees assessed on gas or vehicle registrations.</p><p>Palmer's measure would depart that tradition, but only after Idaho's revenue reaches certain thresholds.</p><p>Once general fund income hits $2.91 billion and education funding exceeds $1.4 billion — both pre-recession records — he'd begin taking a slice of the growing sales tax for roads.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:54:10 +0000 Associated Press 39968 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Republican Wants To Shift Slice Of Sales Tax To Fund Roads Highway 21, Idaho's 'Avalanche Alley' Closes Due To Slide Danger http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/highway-21-idahos-avalanche-alley-closes-due-slide-danger <p>“Avalanche Alley” will close at 6:00 p.m. Friday as a safety precaution. That’s the 12-mile stretch of Idaho 21 between Grandjean Junction and Banner Summit.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) reports the area received eight inches of snow Friday morning and more snowfall is expected Friday night and Saturday.</p><p>The area averages more than 250 inches of snow which brings 45-50 slides each year. About 90 percent of avalanches that affect Idaho highways happen on "Avalanche Alley."</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 18:41:31 +0000 Samantha Wright 39810 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Highway 21, Idaho's 'Avalanche Alley' Closes Due To Slide Danger 46 Vehicle Crash Shuts Down I-84 Near Meridian http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/46-vehicle-crash-shuts-down-i-84-near-meridian <p><strong>Update 3:15 p.m.</strong>: The Idaho State Police (ISP) report the westbound lanes of I-84 reopened at about 2:00 p.m. That’s after a 46-car-accident caused a five-hour delay.</p><p>An ISP spokesperson says a swerving logging truck caused a chain reaction of accidents. Tow trucks, another logging truck, and a boom had to be brought in to clear vehicles and logs from the road.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:23:00 +0000 Scott Graf & Samantha Wright 38258 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 46 Vehicle Crash Shuts Down I-84 Near Meridian Oil Equipment 'Megaloads' Headed For Canada Stalled In Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/oil-equipment-megaloads-headed-canada-stalled-idaho <p></p><p>Idaho State Police say two gigantic loads of oil production equipment headed for Montana didn't move Thursday morning.</p><p>One of the shipments is parked on U.S. Highway 20 east of Arco.</p><p>The other is parked on State Highway 93 at Lost Trail Pass about 10 miles from the Montana border.</p><p>The shipments being moved by Omega Morgan are bound for the Kearl oil sands of Alberta in Canada.</p><p>Weather has been a problem for moving the loads, and Montana officials have yet to issue a permit for the load 10 miles from the border.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 16:02:30 +0000 Associated Press 38248 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Oil Equipment 'Megaloads' Headed For Canada Stalled In Idaho New Year Likely To Bring More 'Megaload' Fights http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/new-year-likely-bring-more-megaload-fights <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/12/123113JR_Megaloads_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Two large pieces of oil equipment crossing the Northwest are expected to start moving again after the New Year's holiday.<p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 00:45:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 37842 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org New Year Likely To Bring More 'Megaload' Fights Fog Halts Megaload In Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/fog-halts-megaload-idaho <p></p><p>After a week parked in a southwestern Idaho highway pullout, a 380-foot, 450-ton load bound for Canada's disputed tar sands energy development will stay put at least another night.</p><p>Transport company Omega Morgan told the Idaho Transportation Department on Friday expected fog will prevent the megaload — a large heat exchanger for water purification equipment manufactured in Portland — from resuming its <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/map-proposed-megaload-route-will-wind-across-southern-idahos-backroads" target="_blank">winding journey</a>.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 22:46:31 +0000 Associated Press 37650 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Fog Halts Megaload In Idaho Oil Equipment Megaload Crosses Into Southern Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/oil-equipment-megaload-crosses-southern-idaho <p>A megaload of oil refinery equipment headed to Canada has arrived in Idaho.</p><p>The 380-foot, 450-ton load left Vale, Ore., Sunday night, traveled across the border and was parked Monday at the junction of U.S. Highway 95 and Idaho Highway 55.</p><p>It took three weeks for the load to travel 315 miles through Oregon.</p><p>The Idaho Department of Transportation issued a permit Friday to Omega Morgan.</p><p>It will be allowed to travel in Idaho only between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., and it will not be allowed to travel at all from Monday evening until Wednesday night.</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 18:21:56 +0000 Associated Press 37454 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Expect Travel Delays, Idaho Issues Megaload Permit For Southern Route http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/expect-travel-delays-idaho-issues-megaload-permit-southern-route <p><em>This post was updated at 5:15 p.m.</em></p><p>Snow has delayed a 450-ton shipment of oilfield equipment from moving into Idaho as it rumbles toward the tar sands oil development in Canada.</p><p>The company hauling the megaload had expected to cross the border from Vale, Ore., into Idaho on Friday night.</p><p>Spokeswoman Holly Zander says they will have to wait for better weather, and hope to try again Saturday night.</p><p>Meanwhile, the state of Idaho has issued a permit for the megaload to use highways crossing the southern part of the state on its way to Montana.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 22:36:01 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders & Associated Press 37350 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Expect Travel Delays, Idaho Issues Megaload Permit For Southern Route North Idaho Homeowners Uneasy About Lakeside ‘Megaload’ Route http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/north-idaho-homeowners-uneasy-about-lakeside-megaload-route The huge piece of oil equipment wending its way through eastern Oregon is expected to cross over into Idaho early Saturday.<p>Meanwhile, another so-called “megaload” project has emerged farther north. The proposed extra-heavy haul is making some homeowners nervous in north Idaho resort town of Coeur d’Alene.<p>Idaho transportation officials invited the public to check out the plans at a meeting there. The shipper Mammoet wants to move three “megaloads” early next year. They're headed for a diesel refinery in Great Falls, Mont. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 04:14:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 37294 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org North Idaho Homeowners Uneasy About Lakeside ‘Megaload’ Route Megaload Back On The Road As Blaine County Expresses Concern Over Shipment http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/megaload-back-road-blaine-county-expresses-concern-over-shipment <p>A shipment of nearly a million pounds of oil field equipment resumed its drive Tuesday night toward Canada. The load had been stopped for the past week by bad weather in eastern Oregon.</p><p>A spokeswoman for the company in charge of the shipment, Omega Morgan, says the "megaload" started moving again around <span data-term="goog_254331706" tabindex="0">10 p.m.</span>&nbsp; Holly Zander says crews pulled the equipment about 50 miles along Highway 395 before stopping around 4 a.m.</p><p>Omega Morgan is expected to be issued the necessary permits to move the load through southern Idaho.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 19:43:49 +0000 Sadie Babits & Scott Graf 36764 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Megaload Back On The Road As Blaine County Expresses Concern Over Shipment Foul Weather, Not Protesters, Cause Latest Delay For Megaload http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/foul-weather-not-protesters-cause-latest-delay-megaload <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/12/120413AK_Strandberg_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A so-called megaload is stuck just a few miles south of Pendleton on it’s winding route through the Northwest.<p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 23:14:00 +0000 Anna King 36441 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Foul Weather, Not Protesters, Cause Latest Delay For Megaload Megaload Pulls Out Of Northeast Oregon Port Despite Protesters http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/megaload-pulls-out-northeast-oregon-port-despite-protesters <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/12/120213AK_Megaload_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A massive load of oil equipment is on its way to Canada, along a winding route that began near&#160;Hermiston, in northeast Oregon.&#160;<p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 07:54:00 +0000 Anna King 36327 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Megaload Pulls Out Of Northeast Oregon Port Despite Protesters Map: Proposed Megaload Route Will Wind Across Southern Idaho's Backroads http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/map-proposed-megaload-route-will-wind-across-southern-idahos-backroads <p>Giant pieces of equipment headed for Canada's oil sands are expected to travel through southern Idaho once the oversized gear makes its way across Oregon.</p><p>Omega Morgan, a trucking company hired, <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/federal-judge-denies-bid-re-open-idaho-highway-oil-field-megaloads">was forced to choose a new route</a> for moving its so-called 'megaloads' through Idaho after a judge blocked plans to ship the loads over U.S. Highway 12.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:10:48 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 36002 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Map: Proposed Megaload Route Will Wind Across Southern Idaho's Backroads Controversy Follows 'Megaloads' Through Oregon-Idaho Route http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/controversy-follows-megaloads-through-oregon-idaho-route <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/11/112513JR_Megaloads_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The first of three hulking pieces of oil equipment, known as “megaloads,” is expected to start its slow, winding journey through eastern Oregon Monday.<p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 03:37:39 +0000 Jessica Robinson 36003 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Controversy Follows 'Megaloads' Through Oregon-Idaho Route