I am confused as to why the Missoula City Council is debating the oversize loads proposed to pass through Missoula. These are federal roads, whereas the City Council has no say in what goes up or down them, nor could they restrict them if they wanted to.
The $21.6 million that the transporting company will spend in Montana is surely needed. Not only will this provide jobs, it will provide income to all the places along the way, not only when the construction is going on, but the transport and support crews will have to sleep and eat and buy fuel along the way.
The loads are large and they will cause some delays, but no more than the morons who crash daily on Reserve Street and between Missoula and Lolo.
The pressure exerted on the roadway by these loads is less per square inch of tire pressure (which is how the load limit is figured) – less than a 64-passenger school bus.
How many of the people who spoke against these loads drove their vehicle to the City Council meeting? (Wouldn’t that make you kind of hypocritical?)
Layne Blanchard, Missoula