Huge Oil Shipments Will Not Leave Lewiston, For Now


It looks like four massive loads of oil equipment won't be rolling across U.S. Highway 12 this week ... or anytime soon.

Late today, Second District Judge John Bradbury denied the Idaho Transportation Department's request to issue permits to ConocoPhillips to move the loads from the port of Lewiston across U.S. 12 and into Montana.

Bradbury ruled that ITD's decision was "arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion." Bradbury cited the proposal of allowing for delays of up to 15 minutes, while Idaho code states that traffic should be allowed to pass no more than every 10 minutes.

ITD officials told Citydesk that permits would have to be issued before Sunday, Aug.29, because construction on the Arrow Bridge would need to resume by then. The resurfacing project is expected to last until October.

Bradbury remanded the issue back to the ITD for further consideration.