A Very Mega-Load Christmas: Moscow Mayor Not Happy About Holiday Week Shipments

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Moscow Mayor Nancy Chaney isn't happy about the lack of holiday cheer from mega-load movers.

In a letter to Capt. Lonnie Richardson of the Idaho State Police and Brian Ness, director of the Idaho Transportation Department, Chaney said she was "alarmed by the apparent disregard for the public's safety, for distraction from law enforcement's seasonal focus on impaired driving, for the obstruction of commercial delivery trucks, and for the safety of weary holiday travelers and revelers on treacherous roads."

In particular, Chaney siad that she was initially informed that mega-load shipments were suspended for the holiday season, effective Dec. 15. But as of this morning, two over-legal loads were rolling through her city. Chaney told Citydesk this morning that movers, hauling giant oil rigs through Idaho on their way to the Kearl Oil Sands Project in Alberta, Canada, said that they needed only to give "one day's notice" before their decision to roll.

"It's dangerous and it's inconsiderate," Chaney told Citydesk.

In her letter to Richardson and Ness, Chaney said she was "concerned for the safety and well-being of Moscow's Police, who consistenly do whatever it takes to protect the public and enforce the law, even to their personal detriment."

Chaney said she wanted the shipments to halt, at least for now.

"My first choice is that the mega-loads cease," wrote Chaney.

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